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Physical Graffiti

12 Nov 2007 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 24 Feb 1975
  • Release Date: 24 Feb 1975
  • Label: Atlantic Records
  • Copyright: 1975 Swan Song Inc.
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  • Total Length: 1:22:32
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  • ASIN: B001EYWI2Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,638 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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73 of 76 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chuck E VINE VOICE on 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 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By N Ganesh on 25 Nov 2003
Format: Audio CD
So much has been written about Led Zeppelin that its difficult to find an original angle to write about- but all you need to know is that Physical Graffiti is a towering achievement in rock records and a frequent member of most top 50 albums of all time. Its fair to say that this was Zep at their absolute best- it couldn't and wasn't surpassed after this. I first had this in vinyl in 1981 and remains a frequent player in my house to this day. The unitiated listener will be surprised by the sheer variety on this record- plenty of blues influences (Custard Pie, In My Time of Dying) but with funk, folk, pop, and anything else you care to think of. It was conceived at a time when punk wasn't so far away and was supposed to represent the worst excesses of rock music in the '70s but Page and co threw the kitchen sink at this and whilst it isn't perfect it gets as close as any band had a right to do and still stands up scrutiny in 2003. If you only ever buy one Zep album this has to be it. In my opinion the definitive rock album of all time!
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