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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 (142 customer reviews)
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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.

BBC Review

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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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Rich on 26 Mar 2007
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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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 May 2005
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Chris G. on 10 May 2007
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I think it's fair to assert that an artist must be relatively confident in their own abilities when they decide to attempt a double-album. Albums of such a prolonged nature commonly lose their grasp upon the listener after a certain period of time, even if the standard of music is immaculate. I don't think I've ever heard a truly gripping double-album. Except this!! `Physical Graffiti' is arguably what separates Led Zeppelin from practically every other rock band in history. Their ability to consistently churn out pioneering, varied and tantalisingly diverse tracks is astounding.

`Physical Graffiti' boasts a ridiculous amount of masterfully fashioned music. From huge, audacious trailblazing riffs, to soaring, evocative blues solos, to those secreted sounds which only become fully apparent after a particularly intensive listening bout.

The album is literally an endless chain of classic songs, and Led Zeppelin certainly aren't circumscribed by pre-conceived genre boundaries. The tracks here range from the startling, blues suite, `In My Time Of Dying', which showcases the band at their jaw-dropping collective music peak, to the timeless `Down By The Seaside', with its infectious chorus sung in a characteristically flawless manner by the effervescent Robert Plant. The unmistakable riff that propels `Kashmir' displays the delightfully innovatory approach of guitarist, Jimmy Page; here he alters his guitar's tuning to extract novel, almost mystical tones.

I could joyfully write hundreds of words passionately and verbosely eulogising over each track, however I think you get the picture. This is the greatest double-album ever conceived, and a staple rock album that no home should be without! Enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven Athwal on 10 Mar 2008
Format: Audio CD
An album that catches Led Zeppelin at the peak of their creativity, there is a timelessness about Physical Graffiti that makes it as relevant today as it was in 1975. This relevance comes in the complexity of the arrangements, and in the breadth of song styles, and ultimately in the untrammelled joy the musicians capture. Bonham's drumming on In My Time Of Dying has a precision and feel unrivalled before or since, whilst Jimmy Page pulls the full range of tonality and texture from his guitar, from the sleazy riff of Sick Again to the lightness of touch of In The Light. And whilst Stairway To Heaven might be popularly recognised to be their crowning glory, the real majesty and mystery of Zeppelin is captured beautifully on Kashmir, where Plant in particular adds a lilting gravitas to the lyric which is achingly beautiful. Do not be fooled into thinking Led Zeppelin were merely a rock group or (heaven forbid) a heavy metal band - Physical Graffiti set a creative benchmark that still awaits serious competition. Buy immediately and enrich your life forever.
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