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Presence Original recording remastered

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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: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: ATLANTIC
  • ASIN: B000002JSJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
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WSM.UK are proud to announce the release of all the led zeppelin albums with "vinyl replica" packaging, featuring original album artwork, gatefolds where applicable, inner sleeves and in the case of Led Zeppelin III, a revolving wheel as featured on the original LP release. Previously only available as very pricey imports, these albums are now available at mid price.

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Presence is one of Led Zeppelin's more overlooked albums, languishing in the monstrous shadow of its predecessor, Physical Graffiti. It's more noted in Zeppelin mythology for the circumstances in which it was recorded, in double-quick time with vocalist Robert Plant's leg in plaster after a car accident. The lack of time does show--much of the album feels like generic heavy rock, bigger on volume than variety. It's worth the price of the album, however, for the ten and a half minute long "Achilles Last Stand", a crashing, galloping epic with John Bonham sounding like he's eschewed drumsticks in favour of tree trunks--and "Nobody's Fault But Mine", a Blind Willie Johnson blues standard regenerated with a 3000-watt boost by Jimmy Page. Led Zeppelin's contribution to rock was primarily physical--raising its heat and density levels, heightening its sensual force. --David Stubbs

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Paul Clarkson on 4 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD
This in my view is one of the most underrated Led Zep albums. There are no acoustic sets to balance the hard driving rock, apart from perhaps the blues 'Tea for One' (an 'electric' acoustic blues) and the feel throughout is dark and subdued (despite the very heavy dense sound). There is little of the varied texture of their earlier albums here - each track seems to be characterised by the band playing at full volume together as a unit. The standout track is obviously Achilles Last Stand, a rock song of almost operatic proportions with a full and slightly unearthly sound from Page's guitar.
I would urge listeners new to Zep (there must be some?) to check this album out. Considering what was going on musically at the time of its release (1976 - funk/disco and very early punk) this now stands the test of time. Try and approach the album without any of the preconceptions associated with this band (heavy metal? - never been sure what that means). To me this album has always sounded like what Led Zep would have become if we had not tragically lost Bonzo and the band had continued into the 1980s. Listen to some of the riffs on Nobodys Fault But Mine and you hear Nirvana with a blues guitar; very definitely a looking ahead album despite all the sorrow surrounding its release.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By yerblues on 19 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Having got into Zeppelin at the time of Physical Graffiti, i was greatly excited with the news of the impending release of their next album. But when Presence finally came out in Spring 1976 I was pretty disappointed. I quite liked Achilles but I didnt think that or the other songs matched up to their previous works..Perhaps I was too young to appreciate the change of sound - Presence doesn't really sound like any other Zeppelin album even now.. Despite the guitar overdubs, the sound is still quite basic and stripped down and maybe that was the problem?

Fast forward 30 odd years and I've just purchased Presence again on CD this time. Either my musical tastes have broadened or the CD sounds far better than the vinyl ever did (no longer have the LP to compare)-I'm not sure. All I know is that I now love this album. There's rock, blues, rockabilly, funk. The key tracks for me are Achilles Last Stand, For your Life, Nobody's Fault but Mine and Tea for one. The other tracks are also excellent and as I listen more to this album they are definite growers. 'Tea for One' is a beautiful slow smouldering blues that perhaps owes more to Peter Green's 'Love to Burn' than the oft compared 'Since I've been loving you' from the third album. Jimmy Page's guitar work throughout is incredible. Listen to his solo in Achilles for example. And just listen to those drums. Bonham really was the best. All the band are on top form. Robert Plant recorded his vocals from a wheelchair following a near fatal accident in the summer of 1975. His singing does at times sound more subdued than usual but the vocals fit perfectly to the songs.

Although Presence doesn't quite reach the standard of Graffiti or indeed maybe some of the earlier albums, it is still a majestic album and certainly worth purchasing.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
On the majority, Zeppelin aficionados will forever single out "IV" and "Physical Graffiti" as being the landmark Led Zeppelin albums. Indeed they are, but "Presence" is my personal favourite. OK, it doesn't have the musical range and diversity of "Physical Graffiti" but I feel this Zep album is the most consistent in content. It is a true hard rock album with no frills - every member plays a blinder (as per usual), but most notably Page and Bonham. "Achilles Last Stand", "For Your Life", "Nobody's Fault But Mine" and "Tea For One" (chilled blues at its best) are the absolute stand out tracks for me. "Presence" is the true back-to-basics Zeppelin. I highly recommended this album to anyone.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By DSR VINE VOICE on 31 July 2006
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I was and still am a fan of Led Zeppelin's music. Over the years, the story behind these times for the band have been published and it seems that the touring, drink/drugs (Nobody's Fault But Mine) and sheer loneliness (Tea For One) had really got to them. This, coupled with Robert Plant's broken leg/ankle effectively backed them into a corner. The result was this album.

At the time, I didn't care much for the "screaming" production of the original (UK) LP ("presence" indeed in HiFi speak...), but the years and the release on CD have seen this body of work mature almost out of all recognition.

Not an album to listen to casually (not much of their work is, to be fair). The more you put in, the more enjoyment you'll get in return.

I'm wondering also whether the "pared to the bone", harder style in this collection of tracks would have been a template for the eighties? Sadly, we'll never know...

A worthwhile buy, with some treasures contained within...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anoosh Falak Rafat on 16 Oct. 2012
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Led Zeppelin are one of those big bands whose albums transcend the music itself; so much so that on some levels it doesn't matter what's on the CD, if it says Led Zeppelin it must be good, right? Well oddly enough the music on this album is really good, so it isn't just a case of buying this album to complete your Led Zep collection and show off on your shelf because it will get played over and over again.

This album is Hard Rock straight out of the blues well. Everything has a rock solid edge to it and along with the treble infused chunk of the leads it all rides out on a wave of thumping beat which drives the heaviness along in fine fashion.

If there is one problem with this album it is that it is less diverse than some of the albums released previously and so in comparison this album can feel a bit vanilla. It more closely resembles their debut `I' in its straight ahead Hard Rock feel than the especially diverse `IV' which had Hard Rock numbers but which also wasn't afraid to go panoramic when needed.

Absolutely worth purchasing today, no doubt.

Track List:
Achilles Last Stand
For Your Life
Royal Orleans
Nobody's Fault but my own
Candy Store Rock
Hots on for Nowhere
Tea for One
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