Robert Plant is taking time to look back at his early solo career — a second musical act that has actually aged surprisingly well. Plant's new Digging Deep box set is a limited edition vinyl collection featuring 16 solo hits and B-sides on seven-inch singles. The eight-disc set is released in connection with the second season of Plant's podcast, Digging Deep with Robert Plant.
Plant spoke to Uncut and recognized that that part of his post-Led Zeppelin journey hasn't found a home in his live work — much to the chagrin of friends and fans: “I’ve always spent so much time going forward, going from a present tense to a future tense, I’d completely forgotten about the structure and various other aspects of those early songs. I was encouraged by some friends who said, 'Why don’t you play some of that s*** when you’re actually doing gigs with the (Sensational) Space Shifters?' I said, 'I don’t know. Why don’t I?' I suppose it’s because I’m always concentrating on today and tomorrow. So it seemed like a good adventure.”
He went on to describe the experience of fronting, arguably, the biggest rock band of the 1970's to becoming a new and untested solo act: “Being in a band like Led Zep was magnificent and also quite frustrating. Because you were in it and it was a democracy, it worked when it worked, and it didn’t work when it didn’t work. But to suddenly be completely free to fail? That was a totally different mindset altogether. And magnificent because of it.”