Led Zeppelin / Physical Graffiti
Artist Led Zeppelin
Title Physical Graffiti
Format 2CD
Released 1975
Label Atlantic
Tracks
Physical Graffiti
1. Custard Pie (4:15)
(Jimmy Page/Page/Plant/Robert Plant)
2. The Rover (5:38)
(Jimmy Page/Page/Plant/Robert Plant)
3. In My Time of Dying (11:04)
(Jimmy Page/Page/Plant/Robert Plant/John Bonham/John Paul Jones)
4. Houses of the Holy (4:04)
(Jimmy Page/Page/Plant/Robert Plant)
5. Trampled Under Foot (5:38)
(Jimmy Page/Page/Plant/Robert Plant/John Paul Jones)
6. Kashmir (8:33)
(Jimmy Page/Page/Plant/Robert Plant/John Bonham)
Physical Graffiti [Disc 2]
1. In the Light (8:50)
(Jimmy Page)
2. Bron-Yr-Aur (2:06)
(Jimmy Page)
3. Down By the Seaside (5:16)
(Jimmy Page)
4. Ten Years Gone (6:34)
(Jimmy Page)
5. Night Flight (3:38)
(Jimmy Page)
6. The Wanton Song (4:09)
(Jimmy Page)
7. Boogie With Stu (3:53)
(Jimmy Page)
8. Black Country Woman (4:32)
(Jimmy Page)
9. Sick Again (4:43)
(Jimmy Page)
Notes Date of Release Feb 24, 1975 (release) inprint AMG Rating (Best-of-Genre) Genre Rock Styles Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Blues-Rock, Electric British Blues Time 82:15 AMG EXPERT REVIEW: Led Zeppelin returned from a nearly two year hiatus in 1975 with the double-album Physical Graffiti, their most sprawling and ambitious work. Where Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy integrated the influences on each song, the majority of the songs on Physical Graffiti are individual stylistic workouts. The highlights are when Zeppelin incorporate influences together and stertch out into new stylistic territory, most notably on the tense, Eastern-influenced "Kashmir." "Trampled Underfoot," with John Paul Jones' galloping keyboard, is their best funk-metal workout, while "Houses of the Holy" is their best attempt at pop, while "Down By the Seaside" is the closest they've come to country. Even the heavier blues -- the 11-minute "In My Time of Dying," the tightly-wound "Custard Pie," and the monsterous epic "The Rover" -- are louder, more extended and textured than their previous work. Also, all of the heavy songs are on the first record, leaving the rest of the album to explore more adventerous territory, whether it's acoustic tracks or grandiose but quiet epics like the affecting "Ten Years Gone." The second half of Physical Graffiti feels like the group is cleaning the vaults out, issuing every little scrap of music they set to tape in the past few years. That means that the album is filled with songs that aren't quite filler, but they don't quite match the peaks of the album, either. Still, even these songs have their merits -- "Sick Again" is the meanest, most decadent rocker they ever recorded and the folky acoustic rock & roll of "Boogie with Stu" and "Black Country Woman" may be tossed off, but they have a relaxed, off-hand charm that Zeppelin never matched. It takes a while to sort out all of the music on the album, but Physical Graffiti captures the whole experience of Led Zeppelin at the top of their game better than any of their other albums. -- Stephen Thomas Erlewine Roy Harper - Photography Jimmy Page - Guitar, Producer, Remastering Robert Plant - Harmonica, Vocals John Paul Jones - Bass, Keyboards, Mellotron John Bonham - Drums George Chkiantz - Engineer Peter Grant - Producer, Executive Producer Keith Harwood - Engineer, Mixing Andy Johns - Engineer Eddie Kramer - Engineer, Mixing George Marino - Remastering Ron Nevison - Engineer Ian Stewart - Piano Mike Doud - Artwork, Design, Cover Design Peter Corriston - Artwork, Design, Cover Design Elliot Erwitt - Photography Dave Heffernan - Illustrations B.P. Fallen - Photography CD Swan Song SS-200-2 1975 CS Swan Song CS2-200 CD Atlantic 92442 1995 CD Atlantic 7567-92442-2 1