Physical Graffiti

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Led Zeppelin returned from a nearly two-year hiatus in 1975 with Physical Graffiti, a sprawling, ambitious double album. Zeppelin treat many of the songs on Physical Graffiti as forays into individual styles, only occasionally synthesizing sounds, notably on the tense, Eastern-influenced "Kashmir." With John Paul Jones' galloping keyboard, "Trampled Underfoot" ranks as their funkiest metallic grind, while "Houses of the Holy" is as effervescent as pre-Beatles pop and "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 monstrous epic "The Rover" -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Led Zeppelin returned from a nearly two-year hiatus in 1975 with Physical Graffiti, a sprawling, ambitious double album. Zeppelin treat many of the songs on Physical Graffiti as forays into individual styles, only occasionally synthesizing sounds, notably on the tense, Eastern-influenced "Kashmir." With John Paul Jones' galloping keyboard, "Trampled Underfoot" ranks as their funkiest metallic grind, while "Houses of the Holy" is as effervescent as pre-Beatles pop and "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 monstrous epic "The Rover" -- are subtly shaded, even if they're thunderously loud. Most of these heavy rockers are isolated on the first album, with the second half of Physical Graffiti sounding a little like a scrap heap of experiments, jams, acoustic workouts, and neo-covers. This may not be as consistent as the first platter, but its quirks are entirely welcome, not just because they encompass the mean, decadent "Sick Again," but the heartbreaking "Ten Years Gone" and the utterly charming acoustic rock & roll of "Boogie With Stu" and "Black Country Woman." Yes, some of this could be labeled as filler, but like any great double album, its appeal lies in its great sprawl, since it captures elements of the band's personality rarely showcased elsewhere -- and even at its worst, Physical Graffiti towers above its hard rock peers of the mid-'70s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/1994
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075679244222
  • Catalog Number: 92442
  • Sales rank: 3,310

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Custard Pie (4:14)
  2. 2 The Rover (5:37)
  3. 3 In My Time of Dying (11:06)
  4. 4 Houses of the Holy (4:02)
  5. 5 Trampled Under Foot (5:36)
  6. 6 Kashmir (8:28)
Disc 2
  1. 1 In the Light (8:47)
  2. 2 Bron-Yr-Aur (2:06)
  3. 3 Down by the Seaside (5:16)
  4. 4 Ten Years Gone (6:33)
  5. 5 Night Flight (3:37)
  6. 6 The Wanton Song (4:09)
  7. 7 Boogie with Stu (3:53)
  8. 8 Black Country Woman (4:32)
  9. 9 Sick Again (4:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Led Zeppelin Primary Artist
Jimmy Page Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Robert Plant Harmonica, Vocals
John Paul Jones Bass, Keyboards, Mellotron
John Bonham Drums
Ian Stewart Piano
Technical Credits
Jimmy Page Composer, Producer, Remastering
Robert Plant Composer
John Paul Jones Composer
John Bonham Composer
George Chkiantz Engineer
Keith Harwood Engineer
Andy Johns Engineer
Eddie Kramer Engineer
George Marino Remastering
Ron Nevison Engineer
Ian Stewart Composer
Mike Doud Artwork, Cover Design, Package Concept
Peter Corriston Artwork, Cover Design, Package Concept
Dave Heffernan Illustrations
Maurice Tate Photo Tinting
Peter Grant Producer, Executive Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    IF ONE READS THE BACK COVER(ON THE ALBUM)

    THEY WILL FIND THAT ALL THE SONGS ON THIS ALBUM WERE SONGS THAT DID NOT MAKE IT ON THE ALBUMS BEFORE. STILL, IT IS THEIR BEST.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The single most important Led Zeppelin album

    Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti shows a willingness to stop all the silliness that the last five albums (despite the fact they're all good) contained, and actually be serious for a change. This album features some of the most moving and thoughtful music ever made. Custard Pie is homage to the other five albums, and any raunch that they might have had it also features some clever sexual innuendo I've never heard before. The Rover is based on traveling and wandering, just as the band do from country to country to tour. In My Time of Dying is another homage to the blues that have become part of their repertoire. In the Light is a masterful combination of psychedelic and hard rock reminiscing of the days of the 60s. Bron-Yr-Aur is a song for the fans it was written about the cottage that the band used to stay at for a time to relax and come up with new material it's FOR the fans, because the band wanted to recollect one of the most special places they went to in their lives, and its meaning is universal: to reflect on what makes us truly happy. Night Flight could be the penultimate Led Zeppelin song, its simplicity encapsulates the embodiment of Led Zeppelin. Down by the Seaside is a pretty little song that respects nature. Boogie with Stu is a backwoods classic with soul. Ten Years Gone is probably my favorite song by them, as it represents a good portion of my life. Kashmir is a rare Middle-Eastern bit. And, Sick Again, the glam rock tribute, reminds me so much of the New York Dolls. The only duds are The Wanton Song, Trampled Underfoot, and Black Country Woman. The first two are so alike and so disco-influenced (not to mention all about innuendo, I just got over Custard Pie), I was about to be sick. Black Country Woman is too twangy and an unnerving reminder of Hats Off to Roy Harper from III. On the whole, this is the closest to Progressive Rock the band can get. I was highly impressed upon hearing it and I recommend this album with all my heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Pinnacle.

    From 1970-75 Zeppelin and Sabbath created EVERYTHING that we here today. Every riff, every rhythmn, every tone. This album has no equal........I can't even think of an album that even comes close. Only the people that were growing up in the 70's would really understand how Zeppelin took Rock music to the next level. They were amazing considering that they really had no mold to even borrow from. What's more inspiring is how it was a fluke thing that ended up starting the band. All I can say is, to quote Tony Iommi: "Can you imagine Hard Rock without Led Zeppelin? --"I can't."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Led Zeppelin is the best rock band in the world!!!

    OK...I think I speak for everybody when I say that every single song on these disks rock your sox!!! You can't get any better than Kashmir. Seriously, dude! Every single song will take you to your happy, rock n roll place deep inside your soul. All you have to do is start at number one, press play and listen to songs 1-6...after Kashmir, put in disk 2 and do it all over again. You won't be bummed out with this!!! All Led Zeppelin albums rock but this one with truly rock your sox!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Before the Fall

    Physical Graffitti catches Zep just as they are about to fall from the artistic peak they had achieved a couple years previously. Like any double album, it should be a single, and close to half the songs ought to have been cut. The overindulgence is a tip-off to the decline to come. Thankfully punk arrived the next year to save rock from itself. Still, there are great songs here, even as a whiff of overripeness fills the air.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW!!!

    I cant beleve that any one could make an album this Good. Its tied for Zepps Greatest studio album with IV and II. This album includes Kashmer, Ten Years Gone, The Rover, Night Flight, and The Wanton song. But all the songs on it are great classics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It smashed my Custard Pie!!!

    This album rules. This is deffinetly one of their best. There are 2 reasons why this album is different and really cool. 1:Its the first and last double disc by Zepp 2: each song has a different style and different sound to it. I would tell you specifically the goodness of this album but it is too much to type. So I'll tell you all the best songs. Kashmir, Ten Years Gone, Houses of the Holy, Trampeled Under F oot, In My Time of Dying, In the Light, Bron Yr-aur stomp, Down by the Seaside, and The Rover. Everything else is good but these songs are the highlights.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Graffitus Physicalus

    This is a very good double album. It explores each of the band members styles, and with good results...another must have for rock fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Perfect Album

    This is my favorite album by Led Zeppelin. This album shows how much potential this group has. Plus all the sons on this album are great and uses different styles of music in them. Like Trampled Under Foot has this weird sound to it that I like becuase it has that funky metal sound to it. And Custard Pie has a really good beat in it and for some reason it reminds of Black Dog and the Ocean which are good songs from a differnt album. And I like the song Houses of the Holy which is weird because this song isn't on the actual album but who cares. Ten Years Gone uses a really nice bass, and In the Light has a more of a bluesy sound to it. And my favorite song Kashmir, it has a really nice beat to it and I like it but I don't know what people mean when they say it is Eastern-influenced: but then again who cares. Now I can go on for a while now but you guys should know that if you are a Led Zeppelin fan this is a must have, don't get Led Zeppelin IV first because all the songs on that album are not as good as as Stairway to Heaven, but this album has only good songs and I think you will like each of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW

    I am a big Zeppelin fan. I have all their studio albums and I think this is definitly the best. IV is good but not all the songs on that album are good compared to Stairway to Heaven. All songs on this slbum are good. So just buy this album and you will probably love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Led Zeppelin's only Double Album

    Yeah, it's a sprawling double album. But so what? This still stands as one of Led Zeppelin's most ambitious works. Songs like Custard Pie and The Rover imply that Zep haven't deviated from their course, but the middle-eastern Kashmir and the funky Trampled Underfoot show that the band has begun to travel into unexplored ground. Personally, I prefer the first CD to the second, because there's not a bad song on it. The second has a couple of clunkers, but on the whole, it's pretty good too. A must-have for any true Zep fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Physical Graffiti

    This is Led Zeppelin's equivalent to the Rolling Stones' Beggars Banquet the the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper. Although IV will probably always be the Led Zeppelin album that will be known as their defining album Physical Graffiti is really much creative and experimental. This is Led's finest acheivement. It is also they're most experimental. The Eastern flavored "Kashmir" is maybe their best. This is quite possibly one of the greatest double albums ever made it may be a bit critically underrated despite it's monstorous album sales..... quite entertaining. Although, rightly so, Led Zeppelin will never be considered as great as Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters, the Beatles, or the Rolling Stones but Led Zeppelin has stood the test of time with and now deserves a place in rock n' roll history if not at least the greatest heavy-metal band.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A tie with IV for their best!

    This album is definitely thier best along with IV, if not a little better. Custard Pie is an excellent hard rock opener with blues influences. The rest of the album follows the same routine. The Rover is one of their memorable epics. In My Time of Dying is a long blues epic that will blow you away. Houses of the Holy is one of the best songs on the album and is very memorable. But why isn't it on the houses of the holy album? Trampled Under Foot is a funky tune. Kashmir, with a middle eastern flare, is Zeppelin's second best song and is the best synth song along with Carouselambra. The second disc might even be better than the first. In the Light sounds middle eastern as well. It would have been much better if they took the keyboard gallops out in the beginning. It is the weakest song on the album. Bron-Yr-Aur is the second best song on the album and is a highly underrated lyricless folk tune. It would have been even better if it was about 10 minutes long instead of 2. Down By the Seaside is one of the best country songs ever written. Ten Years Gone is one of their best, but is very depressing. Night Flight is a very catchy and inspirational rock song. Boogie With Stu is an excellent reincarnation of '50s rock. Black Country Woman is often considered filler, but I think it is an excellent acoustic blues/folk ballad. Sick again is an excellent closer. It sure is a good, mean rock song, and it showed the band's great depth when you compare it to Bron-Yr-Aur. This is a very ambitious album that any Zep fan should own. I am only 15, but I show how timeless Zep is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best Zeppelin album

    It's like Zep's " white album" - some of the heaviest (in my time of dying) sweetest/saddest ( ten yrs gone) hardest rocking Zep - the real reason it's the best is that it's as great as anything they put out but there's twice as many songs. Yet I never listen to it anymore because I have the box set-the one where Page mixed up all the songs...which is also awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    More Zeppelin!

    This is classic album! Real rock'n'roll! These all are good songs! Here you can find folk influences but there is always rock on the back ground. "Kashmir" is so fabulous track that you have to listen it over and over again. "Custard Pie" is funny, sensual song. Night Flight is song that makes you happy. I guess here is something to everyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This album is the best!

    This album deserves to be among the best of them because it is the best of them. The best Led Zeppelin album ever. The combination of blues, rock, and country is perfect. All the songs are classics. If you are a Zep fan, as I am, buy this cd right away if you don't already own it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    my favorite

    i think this is zeppelin's best album, and its 2 discs, even better

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I just love it....

    A great Zeppelin album... ''Kashmir'' alone is worth the double album price.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The most epic Zep record

    It's loud, long, indulgent, bluesy, psychedelic and totally intense. This is Physical Graffiti, Zeppelin's only double album. The first disc is flawless and ranks with the fourth album as their strongest record. 'Custard Pie' and 'The Rover' are quintessential 70s hard rock tunes; 'In My Time of Dying' is a rambling heavy metal blues, while 'Trampled Underfoot' is funky, tight but loose. Of course the colorful Eastern epic 'Kashmir' is also a highlight. The second disc meanders a bit, but it does include the gorgeous epic ballad 'Ten Years Gone' as well as a couple of worthwhile hard rockers in 'The Wanton Song' and 'Sick Again.' Altogether, this set ought to appeal to anyone who liked Zeppelin's other work, and it probably stands as their most monumental effort.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Get your anger out album

    I first heard this album when I was about 17 and it just seemed to fit perfectly with my life. I was amazed of the power of the album and that it also had sensitivity. I took refuge in the album maybe because of my loneliness. My favorite song was ''In my time of dying'' it just blew me away. I cried with Ten Years Gone and Kashmir because they were just soul oriented. All members of the group just shined in this album, they gave their total hearts to the masterpiece. Allthough maybe it wasn't as good as Close to the Edge for me because of the hardrock-country oriented way of the album.

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