This, along with Led Zeppelin I, II, III, and Houses of the Holy are their best albums. I liked the other albums, but they just cannot measure up to the five foregoing albums. Physical Graffiti highlights the creativity and explosiveness of the group that was never revealed before. Kashmir is the best song on this CD. Jimmy Page is on a par with Hendrix as the greatest guitarist ever and IMHO can shred better than Hendrix. Everything after Physical Graffiti was just the band going downhill. One prominent rock music critic considers Physical Graffiti the best rock album ever, and I am not inclined to disagree.
Well, darlings - If you like these dudes, then you're bound to love Physical Graffiti. This is clearly Led Zeppelin at their absolute peak.
Physical Graffiti is the sixth studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, released as a double album on 24 February 1975.
The band wrote and recorded 8 new songs for the album at Headley Grange. These 8 songs stretched the total time of the record beyond the typical length of a single LP, so the band decided to make Physical Graffiti a double album by including unreleased tracks from earlier recording sessions: one outtake from Led Zeppelin III, 3 from Led Zeppelin IV, and 3 from Houses of the Holy, including the unused title track.
Physical Graffiti was commercially and critically successful; the album went 16x platinum in the US in 2006, signifying shipments of 8 million copies, and was a number one album in both the US and UK.
In the Zep canon, "II" was the hard rock hit machine, "III" was the acoustic retreat to the countryside, and "IV," well "IV" was the monolith. Yet 1975's double album "Physical Graffiti" might just be the most of any Zeppelin album, from its length to its iconic cover to its encompassing of everything that makes Zeppelin Zeppelin. The album is a masterpiece or a classic or whatever else you want to call it. This 3-disc 40th anniversary reissue adds very little to that. The original album is on 2 discs and a third disc has alternate takes/earlier versions that is mildly interesting, but hardly essential. The booklet has some pictures, but no liner notes, which is a little frustrating. If you already have this album, I'm not sure why you'd need to buy the reissue.
I waited quite awhile to hear this re-released version and was disappointed that tracks 7 and 8 on disk 2 won't play - not surprising when looking at the disk. This is CPL disk 39065122282922.
the heaviest / greatest band of all time
This album is full of memorable guitar riffs, breath taking rhythms, psychedelic blues, groovy shuffles and hints of British folk.
Commercially and critically successful “Physical Graffiti” is a significant turning point in the evolution of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.
Often imitated, but never surpassed, Led Zeppelin proved with 1975's Physical Graffiti that, when it came to innovative, hard-driving, and top-of-the-line "Heavy Metal", they were, without question, the undisputed reigning kings of the genre.
It's surprising to hear how well some of these tunes actually hold up today, 40 years down the road.
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