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Presence [Remastered]
     

Presence [Remastered]

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by Led Zeppelin
 

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Created at a time of intense turmoil for Led Zeppelin -- they scrapped a planned international tour in the wake of Robert Plant's car accident in Greece in August 1975 -- Presence is a strange, misshapen beast of a record that pulls upon its own tension. With Plant somewhat on the sidelines -- he recorded many of the vocals while in a wheelchair -- Jimmy Page

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Created at a time of intense turmoil for Led Zeppelin -- they scrapped a planned international tour in the wake of Robert Plant's car accident in Greece in August 1975 -- Presence is a strange, misshapen beast of a record that pulls upon its own tension. With Plant somewhat on the sidelines -- he recorded many of the vocals while in a wheelchair -- Jimmy Page reasserted himself as the primary creative force in the band, helping steer Presence toward a guitar-heavy complexity, perched halfway between a return to roots and unfettered prog. This dichotomy means it feels like Presence sprawls as wildly as Physical Graffiti even though it's half its length: the four epics tend to overshadow the trio of lean rockers that really do hark back to the Chess boogie and rockabilly that informed Zeppelin's earliest work. Each of these three -- "Royal Orleans," "Candy Store Rock," "Hots on for Nowhere" -- plays as snappily as the throwaways on the second half of Physical Graffiti, containing a sexy insouciance; the band almost seems to shrug off how catchy Page's riffs and how thick the grooves of John Bonham and John Paul Jones actually are. No matter how much fun this triptych is, they're lost underneath the shadow of "Achilles Last Stand," a ten-minute exercise in self-styled moody majesty and the turgid blues crawl of closer "Tea for One." In between, there are two unalloyed masterpieces that channel all of the pain of the period into cinematic drama: a molten blues called "Nobody's Fault But Mine" and "For Your Life," as sharp, cinematic, and pained as Zeppelin ever were. Added together, Presence winds up as something less than the sum of its parts but its imbalance also means that it's a record worth revisiting; it seems different upon each revisit and is always compelling.

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Release Date:
07/31/2015
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0081227955755
catalogNumber:
535334
Rank:
26277

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Presence [Remastered] 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
...Rock. Simply put. Presence is a shot in the arm. The experementations into funk are almost gone and what's left is the heartbeat of Led Zepplin, a well praised ROck and Roll album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I sometimes call this Led Zeppelin's unknown album because it's rare if any of the songs from it get any airplay. Many times I've played this album for friends and they are absolutely blown away. I introduced friends in college to the album who were Zep fans but had never heard the album -- they then played it non-stop for a month. Five stars because of the masterpiece of Achilles Last Stand, with a guitar solo that may even eclipse Stairway to Heaven. Overall it's an album that maintains Zeppelin's rock edge with outstanding lyrics and rhythms, and incredible energy. The only drawback is the plodding Tea For One that doesn't fit well with the rest of the album. It's a good song, but takes too long to build up tempo. For any Zeppelin fan it's a must to complete the collection. Page, Plant, and Bonham put in some of their best work creatively and technically on the album. Plant's lyrics can be hard to understand on some of the songs because he experiments a great deal with his phrasing and rhythms. My respect for his songwriting rose tremendously when I finally found the lyrics and followed them along, particularly on Royal Orleans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Led Zeppelin had a huge number of hits before this album gave its debut which is why it is underrated so much. Their style of music changes a bit from earlier albums but this change is not a bad one. "Achilles Last Stand" is personally my favorite Led Zeppelin song and im sure many others love the song. "Nobody's Fault But Mine" is also a unique song that is loved by many. "Tea For One" shows that Led Zeppelin is also able to produce great blues music as well. This may not be one of Led Zeppelin's best albums but its still a great album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Desite being an "oh by the way" album because of its release year, Presence is solid album. Page lays down his classic multi-track guitar work for most of the songs and I think this is Bonzo's finest album in terms of drums beats laid down for an album. The song Royal Orelans also takes on a whole new...kinda funny meaning once you figure out what the lyrics mean. The only thing that sort of kills it is the very long blues song at the end. Now it's not a bad song, just too drawn out and not edgy enough. Other than that Presence is a must have for any rock fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wonder how people can give zeppelin anything below 5 stars, although this is not my favorite album, how could I dislike any of their work? Achilles last stand is a master piece, and Nobody's fault...I don't even have words to express the joy I feel while listening to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is probaly the most underrated zeppelin album.People say it's their weakest effort and it goes downhill from here,but i love it.It opens with achilles last stand.Probaly thier best song.Hots on for nowhere is funky.And tea for one is a 10 minute blues song.Zeppelin blends in Blues,Funk,and RockAnd make something Fabolus.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album flat out rocks. I cannot beleve that its Led Zeppelins lowest selling album. Its better then In Through the Out Door by a long shot. I would Rank It Up there with Led Zeppelin II, IV, and Phisical Graffiti. On this album Zeppelin Took a totally different approach. Plant holds back his strong voice more then ever, but its for the better because this album is totally different then other Zep albums. Page Plays more powerful riffs then ever before. Jones doesnt try to do anything interesting he just sticks to what he plays best, the bass. As for Bonham, this is his greatest performence. If you think this album sucks you dont really like rock and your not a Zeppelin fan, so why dont you get the barney sound track you might enjoy it a little better. But for those out there who are fans of rock get this, its a must have trust me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Presence is almost like a third disc of Physical Graffiti. The heavy metal intensity - flavored by wicked blues licks and thunderous drumming - is back. This one is bookended by two epics - the raging thrasher 'Achilles Last Stand' and the agonized blues lament 'Tea For One', both moving band performances. The grinding 'For Your Life' and rollicking blues 'Nobody's Fault But Mine' add to the aggressive stance of the album. The other tracks, particularly the hokey rockabilly number 'Candy Store Rock' are almost like comic relief; but 'Hots On For Nowhere' is an angry rocker all the same. Presence is probably the most uncommercial Zeppelin album. It contains no hits and no catchy singles, but instead features blistering album rock. Recommended for hard rock fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Over all it was a good album. It´s not a boring album, if so I wouldn´t have listened to it. I don´t know how Zeppelin always managed to capture my attention. The best songs are Nobodys fault...but theirs, I mean mine, and For my life, I mean your life and Achilles last stand. Those were basically the ones I loved the most. They had a soulful, funky, hard rock feel unmatched by nobody. And I mean nobody. I give it four stars because I think the group was in a weaker position than the last albums, maybe because of Roberts accident and the drugs Jimmy Page was taking that made his solos sound kind of sloppy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is so boring! The tracks are too much folk or jazz that I was terrified while listening it. Only "Achilles Last Stand" and "Nobody's Fault But Mine" are good songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some of the songs were good. It just didn't have that touch from their first 6 albums.
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