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Physical Graffiti [Original recording remastered]

Led Zeppelin Audio CD
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Led Zeppelin was the definitive heavy metal band. It wasn't just their crushingly loud interpretation of the blues -- it was how they incorporated mythology, mysticism, and a variety of other genres (most notably world music and British folk) -- into their sound. Led Zeppelin had mystique. They rarely gave interviews, since the music press detested the band. Consequently, the only ... Read more in Amazon's Led Zeppelin Store

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  • Audio CD (25 Aug 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002JSN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 820 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Custard Pie 4:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Rover 5:370.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. Trampled Under Foot 5:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Kashmir 8:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. In The Light 8:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Bron-Yr-Aur 2:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Down By The Seaside 5:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Ten Years Gone 6:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Night Flight 3:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Wanton Song 4:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Boogie With Stu 3:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Black Country Woman 4:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Sick Again 4:420.99  Buy MP3 

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Physical Graffiti is the last great Led Zeppelin title, recorded before the influences of the day (synthesizers, disco) ended Zeppelin's reign as the kings of loud and sexy blues-metal. The two-disc album playfully experiments with new sounds including folk, rock riffs, folk and Middle Eastern rhythms.

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By 1975 no one was bigger or heavier than Zeppelin. America was punch drunk after the quadruple whammy of their first four albums, each supported by tours that went from scene-stealing support slots to stadium-filling three-hour marathons, almost overnight. Even the slightly below average (ie: one or two sub-par tracks) Houses Of The Holy (1973) hadn't dented their reputation one jot. The world, and its attendant pleasures, was theirs for the taking. At this point most modern bands would take 5 years off and forget each others' names. What did Robert, Jimmy, John Paul and Bonzo do? Produced a double album that some still hold to be their best of all time.

Admittedly, a fair amount of Physical Graffiti was composed of offcuts and work-in-progress from their previous two albums (cf 'Houses Of The Holy') though these were offcuts startling quality. But what really shines out is the sheer genre-defying eclecticism of it all. Far more than just a crowd-pummelling hard rock act with the world's beefiest rhythm section, these boys were able to do everything from folk (''Bron Y Aur'') and blues ("In My Time Of Dying") to country rock ("Down By The Seaside") and barrelhouse rock 'n' roll ("Boogie With Stu"). In fact Graffiti serves pretty much as a primer of the band's entire oeuvre.

And amongst these flights of dexterity we get some of the band's best-loved numbers of all-time. "Trampled Underfoot", driven by Jones' stomping Fender Rhodes pulls off the remarkable trick of being both heavy AND funky as hell. "Custard Pie" and "The Rover" are monster axe workouts, and of course "Kashmir" is still a juggernaut of incredible power: a blend of east and west inspired by Page and Plant's mystical wanderings and underpinned by Bonham's legendary rumble, famously captured in all its ambient glory in the huge hallway of Headley Grange Manor. And it all came wrapped in one of those fabulously intricate die-cut sleeves that make all people of a certain age long for a return to the glory days of vinyl.

Nick Kent's review in the NME casually mentioned that by this point Zep could seemingly turn this stuff out in their sleep. He was right. Six years of touring and recording had honed them into an unstoppable force, but tragedy lay in wait around the corner in the form of death, drug abuse and changing tastes. But Physical Graffiti remains a towering monument to the glory of Zeppelin in their high-flying heyday. --Chris Jones

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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the most complete album I've ever heard 26 Mar 2007
By Rich
Format:Audio CD
I first picked this album up in 1990, after hearing Jimmy Page play a tantalising snippet of the Kashmir riff on Arena's 'Heavy Metal' documentary.

At that time buying a double lp was quite an investment for a schoolkid on pocket money alone, but I was mesmerized by the mystery around *that* riff and the fact the album looked so unusual. What I couldn't have expected was to seemingly stumble on something so complete and fulfilling, that I would still be returning to it every week for the next 15 years or more.

Each time I listen, I discover a new angle to a song. Another riff, another rhythm track, another vocal line. Zeppelin were truly at the height of their majestic powers when this album was released in 1975.

This is partially a result of a patchwork chronolgy behind the songs. Some were outtakes from previous studio works ('Houses of the Holy', 'Black Country Woman', 'Boogie with Stu'). Others were adaptations of previous songs, once ditched and now ressurected and re-worked during 1974 ('The Rover', 'Down By the Seaside').

The longest songs are invariably the newest and it is clear that on this album Zeppelin's intention was to define the 'epic'. 'Kashmir' is monstrous, sounding like it has been hewn from the roots of the Earth. It's sister-piece, 'In the Light' adds a darker tone. Then there is the electric storm of 'In My Time of Dying', crackling with intensity, slide guitar, prayers to Jesus and the relentless thunder of Bonzo's drums.

My favourite song (at the moment) is 'Ten Years Gone', a lovesong no less. However this arrangement is probably the most complex and painstaking ever assembled by Page, and the effect is stunning. Multiple guitar overdubs make a plaintive call against Plant's wistful recollections of love once lost.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Gods in Their Prime 13 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD
All the hoop-la surrounding the mothership of all reunions had me delving back into my vinyl collection try to recall the impact of the Zep behemoth on an impressionable teenager. Zep I and II set the template, Led Zep III took off in another direction to remind everyone that the band had too much imagination to be ghettoised under the label `heavy metal'. Zep IV then fused the hippie/folk/blues/metal elements into a rock masterclass that would render any attempt at emulation hopeless. Houses of the Holy followed up in the only way possible, by experimenting in new directions/arrangements.

So, by Physical Graffiti the band had scaled the heights and were already gazing down from the rock pantheon - where to go from there? This is where I came in. Of course I'd heard the Top of the Pops theme tune but back then, unless you had an older brother, it was quite possible to never hear or see Led Zeppelin - no singles meant no radio play (unless you knew about John Peel), videos hadn't been invented. So it was purely on seeing a strange but inspired film clip of some 1920s dancing girls flapping to some American singer (as I then thought) wailing away over the megariff of Trampled Under Foot (see YouTube) that prompted me to shell out on a double cassette without having heard of Led Zeppelin. Slapping it into my mono tapedeck, the sublime noise that was Custard Pie cast a spell that has lasted 30 years. The downside is - nothing is ever going to sound that good again. The combination of raw power and stunning musicianship was just irresistible. With twelve rock classics on one album this was the high water mark.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only buy one Led Zeppelin Album 10 May 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Congratulations! You have chosen well. Seven years on the road have paid off and the band lay down the tracks which will propel them into the stratosphere. Here, you get the lot: earthy blues, driving rock, intimate ballads, fun, laughter, all in all, 80-odd minutes of JOY!
The sheer weight of tracks like Custard Pie, Kashmir, The Rover would sit well in any band's entire canon but they are here on the first disc! Above all, it's the way the band nail every song in total sympathy with each other. True, Page lays down the guitar overdubs at times like he has to sell them tomorrow, but what a result.
And as an answer to the question 'where is the follow-up to 'Stairway to Heaven?' look no further than Kashmir and Ten Years Gone as worthy replacements.
Usually by side four, bands start to waver and it's true that Zep added some earlier also-rans but they stand up by themselves and only once drop into the realms of 'filler' on the singalong 'Boogie with Stu', but an album that can end on a great rock track after 80 minutes puts that into perspective and 'Sick again' is a worthy closer.
30 years on, it still hits all the right buttons.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zeppelins Finest Moment. 11 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album shows Zep at there very best. As previous reviews have stated it`s a collection of [then] new recordings mixed with older tracks from previous sessions that didn`t make it onto there previos albums. Some of the best Riffs in Rock/Metaldom reside on this album. "Kashmir" "Rover" "Ten Years Gone" etc. Page was experimenting with Eastern music & incorporated it into this album. "In THe Light" & "Kashmir" show this of brilliantly. The songs that were written for this album are simply the best collection Zep ever wrote. The only down side of this album was that after 2yrs solid touring Plants voice was shot & it shows. Not his best vocal sound but good enough, It`s Page that shines on this album & delivers his finest guitar playing. Check Out the best track on the album "Ten Years Gone" for proof of how good he really was. Bonhams drumming is outstanding to. Jones holds the whole thing together as usual as Page weaves his magic. Page regards this album as Zeps most Honest album, he`s right it`s great. If your New to Zep & Rock / Metal then this album is a great place to start. Highly recommended.
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Published 24 days ago by Mrs. B. Mckay
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Zep.
Great to have this on CD. Some of Zeppelins best sounds and a real return to form. Plenty of the heavy riffs that made them so famous.
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I thought the production and experimentation on both 'IV' and 'Houses' made LZ a much more interesting band, it saw huge development in its boldness, production, instrumentation... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stephen Goldsmith
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Bought as a present to help convert record collection to CD. Recipient was pleased. I like them so I`m biased.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor sound mix
More evidence that Plant should never be allowed anywhre near a mixing desk. Too thin, too toppy to my ears.
Published 6 months ago by gomez
3.0 out of 5 stars Good songs, bad songs. This album has it's share
I am reviewing this from the point of view of a younger Zeppelin fan and with regret I do feel that this is slightly overrated. Read more
Published 7 months ago by H.E.Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Good album as a present
Husband wanted this - I can't stand the band, but hubby very pleased all arrived OK and was in good time for the birthday.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sharon
One of the best albums produced by a brilliant group. I purchased this to replace the cassette tape version that I previously had. This is one of my favourite albums.
Published 8 months ago by Mrs S A Morley
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