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Artist: LED ZEPPELIN
Title: PHYSICAL GRAFFITI
Street Release Date: 08/16/1994
This 1975 release came smack in the middle of a long and nearly mythic career. 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. Playfully experimenting with new sounds, the band blended Middle Eastern rhythms, folk-stylings, heavy blues, and deeply impassioned rock riffs into a two-disc set that sounded as if they were still enjoying their place in the rock pantheon. As sprawling and adventurous as this collection is, there are some tracks so tightly focused--so ultra-Zeppelinesque--that it's tempting to name this as a number one or number two must-have. "Trampled Underfoot" and "Custard Pie" alone are almost worth the double-disc price tag. --Lorry Fleming
- Physical Graffiti CD
BEST purchase of the Christmas Holiday. My husband loved it! He wants to order more from this company.....fast shipment, reasonably priced, good selection. ...more info
- Metaphysical, dude
Excellent from start to finish. Zeppelin's best, and one of the greatest albums of all time....more info
- Not quite the LP. Better sound, though.
I got this for Christmas a few years ago. The first one I received had two disc 2's. Amazon immediately sent me a new one. I don't think I even had to return the goofed-up one.
Anyway, like I said, got it for Christmas and loved it! I still love it. Now, I don't have the LP, but the mini version is near perfection. The only problem (which is minor) is that the disc slipcases are a little smaller than the outer cutout case. That means that the pictures on the individual sleeves don't match up with the cutouts 100%. But it's not really a big deal. I still enjoy it. And I have yet to mention the remastered sound. It's almost as good as sitting in on a recording session. Clear and crisp.
Well, that's my 2 cents. If you choose to buy this, I hope you enjoy it as much as I. ...more info
The quality of the individual song may not be up to Led Zeppelin 1,2, or 4, but the diversity, indulgence, and inspiration make it just as interesting, good, and ultimatly the most entertaining. The essential Led Zeppelin album.
Note. People one gave this or other Led Zeppelin/Jimi Hendrix/Pink Floyd/Beatles etc, albums one star often listen to foreigner and mention it in their comments. What does this tell you? Foreigner, Genesis, and Yes stink and people who listen to them have no taste. If you want a better progressive group, go to pretty much any other band....more info
- the creme de la cream. Apex baby
excellent. Continues there dominance of the decade of the 70`s.. SOme would say of all time. I am one of them. The beatle and the zepsters shared one year together 69. The beatles went defunct in 1970. So popped up zeppelin and the torch was passed. They became in the 70`s what the beatles where in the 60`s. A freaking creative juggernaut. Even the albums considered bad or not so great by zep (PRESENCE AND IN THROUGH THE OUTDOOR) are superior to many bands others. I personally like physical graffiti the most. Presence though is a close second. The rest are a close 3rd. I must say the natural progression from the beatles to zeppelin has not been replicated. The most dominant group of the 80s was genesis and phil collins. So much for progression. I guess u could say metallica. But they did not dominate the 80s. They were underground. And were not as experimental as the beatles and zep until 1996 load.
I say the 90s grunge movement was influenced by the heavy zepsters. Alice n chains, nirvana and soundgarden were all heavily influenced by zep. They had some experimentation in them. No one today carries the torch. Glad the music lives on. Buy physical graffiti. It is a wild ride in drug experimentation and creativity gone right. This is a trip worth taking.
This album is vintage, and gets better with age. The quintessential zep album. BUY IT!!! The proof is in the pudding....more info
- physical graffiti
physical graffiti is a solid album by zeppelin "in the light" may very well have the best intro to a song that i've ever heard it's that good. some of the filler on here is pretty bad which is why i didnt give it a perfect 5 star rating i also feel that "kashmir" which is the most well known and popular song off the album is a decent but very overrated track..i personally recommend songs like "in my time of dying" "in the light" & "ten years gone" if you wanna listen to zepplin this may not be a bad cd to pick up ...more info
- 5 Stars For Sure
Every single Led Zeppelin album is flat out great and this one is one of the best. It's really hard to point out how this album is not as good as the others. Thus this is an easy 5 stars and one of their best. This two disk set is awesome. I think disk 1 is a classic by itself. That alone would have been one of their best albums. Disk 2 is not quite as good but it also would have been a classic album by itself. Put the two together and you have one of Led Zeppelins best albums. Very catchy tunes and you know the guitar is going to rock your soxs off. ...more info
- improves with time
This was a critically panned album when it first came out. Led Zep fans showed disappointment b/c this was much more diverse and challenging then the previously revved up blues and folk songs. Over time, the brilliance to this challenging album has fully emerged.
There were no immediate fan favorites. This album took patience to get used to and sink in. "Kashmir", the darling, classic radio song of today was not that prevalent in the 1970's.
In hindsight you can see how the masses improperly categorized this band as a "hard rock" band. This band left other similarly LOOKING bands like Deep Purple & Black Sabbath in their dust. Led Zep was so much more complicated, diverse and daring then the others.
Over the years, most of the songs found themselves and therefore there are no obvious standouts. "The Rover" is the most like a typical tune off of Led Zep I or II. "Trampled Under Foot" and "Custard Pie" grooves as good as anything on Stax records. "In My Time of Dying" has the majesty of an extended "Stairway" song. "Boogie with Stu" actually has a perfect title to describe it's sound.
Unlike their other works, you can get lost in the creativity and diversity of all the different songs. This could be put in your cd player and 2 weeks later your still discovering hidden melodies, rythms and drum patterns.
I liken this to to a Stanley Kubrick movie where you do not quite "get it" at first but then it grows and develops on you for a richer affinity.
There are some flaws for some of the songs but that is what makes the album all the more better. The un-evenness is more artful and adventurous then a bunch of 3 minute radio friendly songs.
A big giant thumbs up!
- Just a simple appreciation
"The human mind is simply unable to comprehend the dizzying magnitude of Led Zeppelins genius. It can't be done. It's like trying to comprehend the vastness of the Cosmos."(see previous reviews)!!!!!
The Guy who wrote this has got to tone down his chemical consumption, a simple "Best Rock Album EVER" would have been enough. Those of us over 40(ish) who enjoyed this when it came out will now appreciate it's classic status 30 years later, when it's still being raved about. Albums of today can easily be listened to one song at a time.This one gets better the more tracks you play, and you feel cheated if you don't get to play it right through.
This album's magic is in the way that you are taken on a journey by Plant's vocals, and also by the fantastic riffs courtesy of Page & JPJ. Make no mistake, Bonzo is essential too, but his high points were on Dazed & Confused and Black Dog.
Anyone who is right into Zep 1 to 4, and want the same again, might be a little disappointed. This is adventurous music from a band not afraid to step outside the boundaries of the Metal genre, and it will expand your music appreciation.
For complete and utter vocal brlliance, Robert Plant is at his superb best. Jimmy & the 2 Johns are right up there with him! If
you want the Best of 70s Hard Rock, you only need two albums - The Runes and this!...more info
- New style, but is that a good thing?
Physical Graffiti is a great album and it is definitely a classic. Sure, it's overrated but what classic album isn't.
Anyway the first song that should get honorable mention here is `In My Time of Dying'. It is a powerful song traditionally arranged by Zep from the `deep south of America' as Plant puts it. The song is epic, no doubt about that, a bit overlong, yes, but defiantly a great jam session for the boys. This and `Trampled Underfoot' are both great jams. Put this is what people don't understand about Zep. They are a great jam band, and two songs out of the 15 on this album show their love for jamming. To me length in a jam is justified if a band is good.
`Kashmir' is pretentious but it's so hard NOT to like this song. It's epic, it's full of energy and has great hooks courtesy of JPJ on string arrangement and Jimmy Page's classic riff. The drums are powerful. The singing is great too. When Plant wails "Ooo Ooo Yeahy-yeah" it's a hook is it not!? It's fantastic.
`In the Light' I immediately loved since I first heard it. It's dark but it has a sense of hope toward the end of the song. It's a shame they never played this live. The riff is one of my all time Zep faves, and the way those middle eastern style keyboards are played by JPJ are incredible. `Ten Years Gone' took some time for me to get used to. It lacks a great melody but it does have a good one. The lyrics in the song are a bit odd because Plant tries to incorporate the sexual innuendo with a touching ballad and it doesn't work. But I can get past it.
The best parts of this album to me are actually the so called "filler" so many people complain about. I love `Bron-Yr-Aur', `Down by the Seaside', and `Black Country Woman'. `They are so much fun to listen to for the most part. Night Flight' is the worse filler on here tough that song sucks. To me, songs like 'Bron-Yr-Aur' and 'Black Counrty Woman' seem to be what Led Zep want to play and dabble in, but they're so fixated on pleasing their fans that they didn't want to get away from all the hard rock that made them famous. Which brings us to the bad side of album.
Jimmy Page's production seems to take a turn for the worse when it comes to the new hard rock numbers. `Custard Pie', `The Rover', `The Wanton Song', and `Sick Again' all seem to have the same dirty production quality that make the album consistent, almost too consistent. So consistent that makes this album, more than any other Zep album hard to listen to in one sitting (length too but that's not as big a factor as people seem to think). `Custard Pie' offers nothing new to the Led Zep catalogue other then the fact that the production and the guitar effect is different. This new distortion sounds dirty, but not huge like it once used to be.
Needless to say all the hard rock songs on here are what bring the album down as opposed to songs like `Immigrant Song', `Black Dog' and "Whole Lotta Love' which were the highlights of yesteryear. What happened to Led Zep between 73 and 75? How come Page forgot how to produce hard rock songs? So sure, these songs aren't as good as the great epics of Led Zep's first four albums but they aren't that bad for the most part. There's something about `Custard Pie' and `The Rover' that I can't get enough of, and that's the energy. Jimmy may have simply been trying out a new sound, didn't work for me, but it's the energy coming out of these songs that make it bearable. Of all these hard rock songs `The Wanton Song' is my favorite, the energy here is brought up to the fore and it is felt. The song itself is "bad@$$" for lack of a better term. "Sick Again' though is the worse offender. Bonzo's drums are killer here, but the song seems forced like `Night Flight'. The beginning of the song was lazily recorded and it's a bad ending track in general, leaves one feeling under whelmed.
Overall this is a great album and anyone who's a Zep fan should own it no question....more info
- Must have Album for any Fan of Rock
First let me say that this is just plain awesome. This ambitious album gives the listener a taste of Classic Zeppelin along with some very experimental and masterfully arranged material. There is something for everyone in this album. My personal favorites are Custard Pie, The Rover, Kashmir, Night Flight, and The Wanton Song, although other gret songs such as In The Light and Down By The Seaside cannot be overlooked. Quite frankly, I can't find fault with any of the songs on this album. Just buy it. You know you want to....more info
- Zeppelin's greatest album
This is the Zeppelin album that tops all other Zeppelin albums. It opens with 'Custard Pie' - a song that manages to be even sleazier, raw, dirty and mean than the opener on Led Zeppelin IV - 'Black Dog'. Listen to the rhythym section on 'Custard Pie' and hear how tight as a unit this band is. Fuelled by years of touring, the confidence that they could virtually do no wrong, being on the right side of 30, being able to lord it over all the other groups when it came down to it - this was a band about as satisfied as they come. But excessive? Well, not quite. Not on record at least. This was before the Spinal Tapp-ish letdown of 'The Song Remains The Same'. They always manage to stay on the right side of taste.
Song two, 'The Rover' picks up the pace with an even sleazier, darker riff beneath Plant's hippy-dream lyrics. It is an outtake from sessions for Led Zeppelin IV yet on Physical Graffitti it is no filler. Indeed, quite a few of the songs on this album are outtakes from previous albums but on here, and this is the key, they fit in perfectly. If there is a concept to this record, it is to demonstrate to the fore the versatility and ambitions of this talented four piece and to highlight the many musical styles that fall into the Led Zep canon. It shows for once that there is really little point in attempting to harness the group into one musical category: they excel at whatever they try.
So, we've already looked at the funky opener 'Custard Pie' and the almost-quintessentially Zeppelinesque 'The Rover'. What of the other songs? 'In my time of dying' continues the descent into the dark side of Zeppelin, the black magic and Aliester Crowley side of Jimmy Page, which carries on the theme from Robert Johnson of selling his soul at the crossroads in exchange for the ability to play the guitar brilliantly. The performance is an opus - around the 11 minute mark and it never drags. There are times when you want to marvel at the sheer audacity of the band to attempt such an adrenalised version of the blues but they pull it off. The stop-start structure slowly builds up with swampy slide guitar, Robert Plant's banshee wail and the powerhouse that was John Bonham on drums. I can't emphasise enough again - just how incredibly tight the band is, and they know it: you can hear them revelling in it. Asked over the years which music from Led Zep they're most proud of, the surviving members often answer - 'In my time of dying' and such tracks as 'Kashmir' from this record.
Side two of the original record begins with 'Houses of the Holy' - another riff laden song indebted also to funk. Subject matter here like much of the record: problably something to do with mortality, sex, women, the general cultural scene surrounding Zeppelin at the time. But they don't let up. They take us to probably their most danceable tune - the heavily funked 'Trampled underfoot' with Page and Jones propelling the tune via wah-wah laden guitar and keyboards in another song heavily using innuendo about - you guessed it - sex. if it sounds a little at times like Stevie Wonder or general jazz/funk/rock of that era then that's probably because it is from that era! Finally, the first half of the album ends with 'Kashmir'. So much has been written on 'Kashmir' that it seems trite to say any more. Needless to say, it is this album's tour-de-force performance: virtuosic, enormous in sound and feel and Zeppelin are about the only band who could have written such a tune and pulled it off so well. John Paul Jones weaves an aural tapestry of Indian-lite sounds over the climbing, terse riff of Page. Lyrically too, Plant ascends new heights, something he has proudly admitted too. The mood really is of an odyssey to 'Kashmir' but it's more than that - it's a paen to the eastern influences that are evident on all their albums - whether in Zep I's 'Black mountain side', Zep II's 'Friends' or Houses of the Holy's 'Dancing Days'. Zeppelin seem to be at their happiest when their mired, positively yearning to be mired in the very roots of their influences and yet adding their own heavy touch to the equation.
The second half of Physical Graffitti opens with 'In the light', another opus - and arguably Zeppelin's natural musical progression after Zep Iv and Houses. It begins with a very mystical, slightly menacing piece on keys by John Paul Jones again. For me personally, this is the most spine-tingling moment in Zeppelin's canon. What follows is another stop-start structure of impassioned vocals, 'guitar-army' guitars from Page, a very uplifting tune and a descending baroque piece on a harpsichord sounding keyboard, which would not be out of place if written by someone like Purcell or Bach! Yet delightfully, it does all work together very well. This is followed by 'Bron-yr-aur', a hynmal, autumnal acoustic guitar piece by Page, with added echo (I think) which harks back to the heady days of Zep III in 1970, when the band retreated to a Welsh cottage to do their Crosby, Stills and Nash thing and bash out some fine acoustic numbers. Another song from this era crops up next - 'Down by the seaside' - dealing with charming thoughts of bliss in the countryside, such as I'm sure many of us have encountered (it wouldn't be so out of place with Proust)..And then, the final epic of the album 'Ten years gone'. Like its' natural predecessors ' 'Stairway to heaven', 'The song remains the same' and so on, this is a multi-layered song of regret and remorse, very affecting and delivering possibly the most impassioned vocal delivery and performance on the album - as would perhaps befit a song of such meaning. It ventures a little into prog-rock territory guitar-wise but doesn't sound contrived.
The final part commences with 'Night Flight' - jangly but in a Zep way of course that, well ' flies'. Plant and co sound unrestrained and relaxed - by now on the record they know that we should probably be fairly involved and so oddly enough, this performance sounds relaxed, but appropriately. On to 'the wanton song' now - perhaps Zeppelin's most heavy riff yet. Alike to 'Custard Pie' also, but much harder, hinting at their next album - the underrated 'Presence'. And then on to 'Boogie with Stu', which is in fact ''Oo! My head' by Richie Valens but re-worked. Zeppelin were always a brilliant covers band too, utilising covers from their encyclopaedic knowledge of blues, pop, soul and so on into live performance. Here, the performance is charmingly lo-fi in sound, with boogie woogie piano by Jones and Plant is obviously having a good time.
'Black country woman' harks back again to Zep III and reminds listeners that Zep were also always a great acoustic rock band. The final song 'Sick again' reverts back to side one mode: sleazy, swaggering, sexy and menacing rock music. This one's about the joy of groupies and touring, also pointing ahead to 'Presence'. It ends this album on a dark note in the way 'When the levee breaks' ends Zep IV.So, a leviathan of an album but well worth the money....more info
- Save me a slice
There is no greater impediment to the pursuit of happiness than a classic rock radio station but the other night I heard Kashmir on 104.3 FM and was reminded all over again of the truth of Otto's last words after he was swept out to sea. If this song isn't a massive inexorable force that advances irresistibly and crushes whatever is in its path I'll eat my copy of Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary. Kashmir is rightly celebrated for Jimmy Page's innovative chord progression guitar riff, not to mention that whole Asian/Arabic rhythm thing, but for me there's only ever been one King of K Town and that man is a maharajah named Peachey Carnehan. I mean Daniel Dravot. No wait, I mean John Henry Bonham. If there's a better example of controlled jackhammer percussion I'd like to hear it. Besides When the Levee Breaks on Four, that is. Bonzo's all over the rest of this big-rig double album too and from Custard Pie to Sick Again the drummer from Redditch will embiggen your woofers and boggle your tweeters. Plant's no slouch here either but I guess that goes without saying. That's a good movie too though isn't it, The Man Who Would Be King? A brilliant performance by Michael Caine and almost certainly the best use of the word "trousers" in the history of motion pictures. Christopher Plummer plays Rudyard Kipling if I'm not mistaken and does a damn fine job. Christopher Plummer does a damn fine job in nearly every film he's in. Check him out as Sherlock Holmes in Murder By Decree--great movie that, with the wonderful James Mason as Watson....more info
- Maybe the Greatest Rock Album of All Time
Led Zeppelin is the greatest rock band of all time and this may be their greatest album. It is very near the pinnacle of rock music. Buy it and enjoy....more info
- Physical Graffiti - Enter into Paradise
They are without question the pinnacle of Rock n' Roll. Each cut on this album is a slice of heaven, especially Kashmir, a Rock n' Roll symphony. I had the honor and the privilege of seeing them in 1977 at Madison Square Garden for their Presence Tour. I sat 6th row on the floor (tickets had to be purchased via mail, for obvious reasons), and when they descended on stage from a platform it was as if the Gods had graced mankind with their Presence (get it?). If you even have a vague interest in Led Zeppelin, this album will be among your all-time favorites. ...more info
- Zeppelin's lone double studio album is one of rock's finest double albums ever
Led Zeppelin's sixth album Physical Graffiti was released in February of 1975(coincidentally the same month my older brother was born).
By 1975, Led Zeppelin was the biggest rock band in the world only rivaled by The Who, The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd.
After the Houses of the Holy tour ended in 1973, Led Zeppelin formed their own record label Swan Song in conjunction with Atlantic Records and took a break.
In 1974, lead singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bass player/keyboard player John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham returned to Headley Grange (where Led Zeppelin III and IV were recorded) and began work on Physical Graffiti which was comprised of freshly new written material plus outtakes from their previous five albums. Would the result be a masterpiece or a waste, read ahead and find out (as I did when I first got the album on cassette tape on January 9, 1986 and eventually acquired the remastered CD).
We begin with the classic rocker "Custard Pie" which wasn't an ode to pastry baking but you get the picture. Page's riff here just kicked *ss and Plant sings about seducing a woman while getting her away from her folks. Next is another great rocker "The Rover". The track was a holdover from the Houses of the Holy sessions but a great song. Page and Bonham are on fire here. Plant's vocals on this track are superb. We then come to the longest song in the Zep repertoire called "In My Time Of Dying". The epic was inspired from a Bob Dylan song of the same name. The piece is led by some excellent slide guitar from Pagey with Plant's aching vocals, Jonesy's hypnotic bass and Bonzo's maniacal drumming.
The second side of the album kicks off with "Houses Of The Holy" which was an outtake from the album of the same name. This track is an upbeat pop influenced rocker that features some superb playing by the band. The album's only US Top 40 hit "Trampled Underfoot" (penned by Jones/Plant/Page) is next and is a funky number that sounds reminiscent to The Crunge from 1973's Houses Of The Holy as well as Stevie Wonder's classic Superstition. Jonesy's clavinet and Page's riff drives the track. The last song on the first disc and the second side of the original album is the eight and a half minute piece "Kashmir". This piece has a guitar riff that sounds Middle Eastern as it was written by Page/Plant/Bonham. Page's guitar work meshes perfectly with Bonham's heavy handed drumming to create the perfect atmosphere for the lyrics, which detail Page and Plant's travels to Morocco. This is one of rock's greatest epics. What Puff Daddy did to this track in 1998 was blasphemy to the enth degree.
The album's second disc and third side opens with the atmospheric Page/Jones/Plant epic "In The Light" which features superb keyboard work from Jonesy, guitar work from Page and vocals from Percy. The Led Zeppelin III outtake "Bron-Yr-Aur" is next and a great simple instrumental which was used in the Zep movie The Song Remains the Same a year after the track was released. Next is another Zeppelin III outtake "Down By The Seaside" which is upbeat and great use of electric piano and Leslie speaker drenched electric guitar. The third side ends with "Ten Years Gone" which is a bluesy reflection on life and mortality and a great piece.
The album's fourth side opens with a Zeppelin IV outtake "Night Flight" which is stripped own Zeppelin with just drums, bass, vocals and guitar plus an overdubbed organ part. This song has lyrics to it. Next is the Page/Plant rocker "The Wanton Song" which is another great Zeppelin rockerabout a rather bedeviling woman with Plant singing in a phased voice with excellent guitar work by Page. Next is a cover of the Ritchie Valens classic "Ooh My Head" dubbed "Boogie With Stu" which was a jam between Zeppelin and Rolling Stones' unofficial sixth member Ian Stewart (the "Stu" in the title). Next is another Houses of the Holy outtake "Black Country Woman" which is an acoustic number and features great harmonica work by Plant. We end the album with the rocker "Sick Again" which is a sign of things to come with the hard rockers they would record on their next album, 1976's Presence. Page's riff and Plant's lyrics are on fire here. Pagey uses great regular lead work and slide work on this track.
Physical Graffiti became Led Zeppelin's fourth US chart topper hitting #1 on the Billboard album chart after its release and to date has sold an astonishing 17 million copies in the US alone.
The remastering on this CD is astonishing!
RECOMMENDED! ...more info
- Horribly Uneven: 1 part classic, 3 parts horse manure
Too many pointless and BORING "hard rocking" riffs here: Wanton Song, Trampled, Houses, Sick again. It's a shame because I thought the album started out so well. These are the six songs I'd keep, though Seaside gets old quick.
1. Led Zeppelin - Custard Pie
2. Led Zeppelin - The Rover
3. Led Zeppelin - In My Time Of Dying
4. Led Zeppelin - Kashmir
5. Led Zeppelin - Down By The Seaside
6. Led Zeppelin - Ten Years Gone
In the light - I'd skip this and play Kashmir. Mystical but manages to be a better song.
Boogie with Stu - I'm more tempted to trap Stu's or actually Plants head in a door frame repeatedly.
Bron - pretty melody actually. I would have kept this except it's not good enough to hold my interest after numerous listens.
Black country - everything horrible about Plant is here - the best example of his irritating vocal style. Not to mention his consistently awful lyrics.
I'm sick of hearing about this band and their importance, Zep can f right off, the aceholes. Rip-off merchants. ...more info
- The Name Alone Is Enough to Sell
Led Zeppelin's double album Physical Graffiti is a total force in rock music. One of the best albums to ever be released by one of the best bands of all time.
Custard Pie 5/5
The Rover 5/5
In My Time of Dying 5/5
Houses of the Holy 5/5
Trampled Under Foot 4.5/5
In the Light 5/5
Down By the Seaside 4.5/5
Ten Years Gone 5/5
Night Flight 4.5/5
The Wanton Song 5/5
Boogie With Stu 5/5
Black Country Woman 5/5
Sick Again 4/5
Must Have....more info
- Enormous in Scope
By the time 1975's Physical Graffiti rolled around, Led Zeppelin had stored up more spare rock n' roll credibility than most bands ever come within triple platinum of, and they were prepared to use it to record a masterpiece that went beyond any expected norm. While perhaps not so densely packed with great tracks as Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin [IV], Zeppelin's 1975 effort is a phenomenal piece of rock n' roll, with clear inspiration and experimentation in some many different directions. While the back to back "Trampled Under Foot" and "Kashmir" are the only widely known (i.e. known by fans who don't own the album) tracks, this album shows both the scope of Zep's musical vision and talent better than any other album and, of course, that's primarily because this is about 30 minutes longer than any of their first five albums...extra time which gives the band a good deal of freedom to explore a wide variety of approaches to their bluesy rock, with tips of the cap to classical, bluegrass, and other genres. The album also continues the fantastic work done on 1973's Houses of the Holy, which I believe was their first album to break away from the blues tradition of re-recording classic blues numbers (some have criticized Zep for this, but it's been done in the blues for a very long time and, as a blues based band, Zep were simply doing what their idols had done). The lack of earlier blues or traditional songs makes this album wholly Zeppelin, and it just feels more Zeppelin (if that makes sense) than does Houses, their first such effort....more info
- Reviews with less than 5 stars!?!....Are You KIDDING ME!!!!!!!
Well....I guess everybody DOES have their own opinions----and Lord knows I've "smattered" enough of mine around within the context of my reviews here at Amazon. I've finally felt compelled to write a review for my personal favorite band, and quite possibly my all-time favorite Album (right next to "Abbey Road" and "Who's Next"). However, after reading through more than a few reviews here---- some VERY comprehensive, I decided that most of my comments would end up sounding very redundant. So with that said, maybe I'll throw some of the aforementioned "opinions" around....
To me, this (and every other LZ) release embodies everything I know to be a GREAT Album,...by a GREAT band. When I say GREAT album, I mean a release that has a varied mix of songs...though still remaining cohesive; musicians that play for the songs----songs that play for the musicians; and 'Good Time' music that never becomes "dated-sounding" for me. Led Zeppelin is among a VERY ELITE crowd as far as I'm concerned....in that, I can't imagine this band with ANY other than these four men----each member as equal as the next. The above said "elite" would include bands such as The Beatles, The Who, Rush, and possibly KISS and Van Halen as well. And as known, some of these bands were able to "trudge" on with different members....however, when it was announced that the Mighty Zep would not continue after the death of the GREAT John Bonham, it was none too shocking for me. That is quite a testament to the "Brotherhood" of a great band----and in the case of the three remaining members, felt they needed to morally do the right thing and "call it a day" for their 'Fallen Comrade'.
Led Zeppelin WILL be remembered as long as Rock and Roll exsists...and the music heard on "Physical Graffiti" is a Major reason why. Every song offers the listener something different and special----- My favorites?......that's like picking your favorite Child! However, if pressed I would pick "In My Time of Dying", "Kashmir", "Trampled Under Foot", "Houses of the Holy", "The Wanton Song" and "In the Light". I would strongly recommend this piece of musical Art to anyone not familiar with this legendary band, as well as any and all releases by them. In conclusion (and at the possible cost of many "Not Helpful" votes cast against me)..... If ever stranded on a desert island, I would take this over "Tommy", "The Wall" and "White Album" any day of the week....or month.....or YEAR. One of The BEST ever recorded-----BUY NOW!...more info
- LED ZEPPELIN'S SWAN SONG
I LOVE LED ZEPPELIN.THEY ARE THE GREATEST ROCK GROUP EVER.THEY HAVE MADE SEVERAL EXCELLENT ALBUMS LIKE 1,2,3,4,HOUSES OF THE HOLY AND PRESENCE.THIS CONTAINS MASTERPIECES LIKE TRAMPLED UNDERFOOT AND KASHMIR.GET ALL THEIR ALBUMS TILL PRESENCE.AVOID ALBUMS FROM GREEN DAY....more info
- Zeplin Rocks
Led Zeplin is it. Zeplin is old school. The best rock in my opinion.
My previous Physical Graffiti CD broke. & I thought Amazon will get me a new one fast.
Thank you Amazon....more info
- Sued for Boogie With Stu! Graffiti is Zeppelin's Magnum Opus!
More on the lawsuit later in the review.
Physical Graffiti is hands down Led Zeppelin's greatest release. Physical Graffiti is to Led Zeppelin what Exile on Mainstreet was to the Rolling Stones. Graffiti is a sprawling treasure trove of different musical styles that somehow all hang together beautifully.
The boys play a wide range of music, opening with the intensely loud blues "Custard Pie". Disc 1 is mainly Zeppelin doing their best to blow out your woofers and ends with the epic, majestic Kashmir.
Disc 2 is a bit more experimental and opens with the inspiring "In The Light". There's also some pop tunes like "Down By the Seaside" and nice acoustic guitar pickin' piece with "Bron-Yr-Aur". It also features my all-time favorite Zeppelin composition "Ten Year's Gone" which is at once beautiful and majestic sounding. "Boogie With Stu" was recorded with the original, life-time, voting, but mostly unknown member of The Rolling Stones, Ian Stewart. Stewart was actually a member of the band before Watts and Wyman came aboard and was an unseen member until the day he died. Boogie With Stu is great fun, employs a ridiculous sounding percussion device, I have no idea what Bonham is playing but it's great fun. Led Zeppelin were actually sued by the Richie Valen's estate for this song and you can see they've add Mrs. Valens as a co-writer for the purposes of royalty sharing.
I have all of the Zeppelin release up to Physical Graffiti. This is the 800lb gorilla of the Led Zeppelin catalog and if there is one CD you purchase by Zeppelin, spend your hard earned pennies on Physical Grafitti.[...]...more info
- Great Packaging...Great remaster!
I love this album, and am so glad to finally see a miniature LP reissue. The die cut cover will remind you of the Stones' Some Girls and is a 'pocket' that holds the two cardboard sleeves with artwork on both sides. Each disc has a full color swan song logo. Expensive, but worth it....more info
- A Classic
When I was younger, this band had a poor reputation among adults. As time
has gone by Led Zeppelin has become the standard by which many bands are
judged. This CD will not disapoint you. The full range of the band's
talents are on display in this two CD set. This CD has influenced much of
the current music we hear now. This was truly the golden age of rock music and the proof is that 30+ years later the music is still fresh and
- This album saved my brain!
This album will indelibly be associated with one of my worst acid trips ever way back in the late 80s. There was this block party in college, and I ended up sitting in a room for four hours, listening to this repeatedly, along with Back In Black by AC/DC. Luckily, my friend had a great record collection.
I remember Kashmir scared me, but, for some reason, In My Time of Dying, calmed me, and made me think that even if I met the Grim Reaper that day, it wouldn't be all that bad. Ten Years Gone is an epic among epics; of which this album basically consists.
So I want to thank Zeppelin for helping through a terrifying 12 or so hours. Right now I'm on a kick where I'm listening to the aforementioned Ten Years, along with Carouselambra from their final, In Through The Out Door, a truly underrated work. It's hard to believe in an age where a band makes one good MP3, just how many truly amazing songs and albums these fellas put out. It staggers the mind....more info
- classic Led Zeppelin...
This is essential Led Zeppelin. One of the most influential rock albums of all times, period. Long before Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel came onto world beat, Page and Plant were incorporating musical elements from north Africa and Asia -- which they experienced for the first time following Led Zeppelin's first tour of these locations....more info
- Great Classic
I love amazon mp3's. This Zep. CD is a must have. Great rock band and great drummer....more info
- Led was never "heavy" metal
to group this band with all the other junky heavy metallers is just absurd. metallica reigns the heavy metal scene, and they can't hold a candle to Led Zeppelin. As for the CD, everyone loves Trampled Under Foot and Ten Years Gone(easily a top 10 Zep song). But you'll probably like about 75% of the other material, 10 to 12 songs in all. Most musicians today can't even muster up 3 decent tracks that together last as long as the ever infamous "Kashmir"--truely composeresque brilliancy. "In the Light" is just a notch below, but still delivers the oasis driven desert feel, mimicked in and by Jesus Christ Superstar. "In My Time of Dying" is my current ringtone, featuring riffs that Les Paul wouldn't have minded copywriting. You may find it repetative, but just listen to War's "Cicso Kid"....more info
- Perhaps their best album
This was released in early 1975, though recorded in a lot of different times. Eight of the songs here were recorded in early 1974 (Custard Pie, In My Time Of Dying, Trampled Under Foot, Kashmir, In The Light, Ten Years Gone, The Wanton Song, Sick Again), while the other 7 are outtakes from the third album (Bron-Yr-Aur), the fourth album (Down By The Seaside, Night Flight, Boogie With Stu) and Houses Of The Holy (The Rover, Houses Of The Holy, Black Country Woman). A lot of the outtakes are better than the tracks on the album they weren't included in. I think "Down by the seaside" is better than most of the songs on the fourth album, only behind stairway to heaven. It's got a Beatles feel to it and a very beautiful melody and a nice tempo change. Easily one of their best songs. The other outtakes are good, but seaside is the only one that deserves a lot of praise. From the new songs, Time of dying is great, and the length doesn't hurt it, Trampled Under foot is reminiscent of the Doobie Brothers' "Long Train Coming", but that came out a year later, so I guess they ripped zeppelin off a bit. It's a great semi-disco song. About Kashmir everything's been said already. In the light mixes some pompous music with prog-rock synthesizers and middle-eastern riffs in the verses. It's a great song. Ten Years Gone is also great, with a nice guitar solo. Those are the highlights for me.
This offers a wide range of music, and does what a double album should do. I play this much more than any other zeppelin album and I have them all. Overall just a great rock album that every rock fan should have, or at least hear....more info
- The greatest album ever!!!!!!!!
Led Zeppelin is my favorite band ever (Drivin n Cryin is close) and I love 95% of their songs. I like the other 5%. With that said, there are about 8 songs off of Physical Graffitti that are in my top 20 favorite Zep songs.
IN MY TIME OF DYING
TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT
TEN YEARS GONE
THE WANTON SONG
Then there are a couple of songs that are more experimental that no other band could even think about doing so wonderfully.
DOWN BY THE SEASIDE
IN THE LIGHT
Even the lesser tracks I didn't mention have a wonder.
Bottom line: Best ever by anyone!!!!!!
- ... Ugggghhhh!!!!...
The epitome of Classic Rock. My favorite Zep album. Possibly responsible for most of my hearing loss... What was the question?
Oh yeh. Been looking at the $25 CD-set for decades, but I wasn't sold. Then, I see Amazon has an MP3 download for $12, and I bought it in a second. It's 256 kilobits-per-second, which is good enough for my aching eardrums (Zep's fault, I'll betchya) and my computer speakers. The mp3 audio-level is well chosen for plenty of dynamic range for when Bonham beats one of his big drums....more info