Presence

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Presence scales back the size of Physical Graffiti to a single album, but it retains the grandiose scope of that double record. If anything, Presence has more majestic epics than its predecessor, opening with the surging, ten-minute "Achilles Last Stand" and closing with the meandering, nearly ten-minute "Tea for One." In between, Led Zeppelin add the lumbering blues workout "Nobody's Fault But Mine" and the terse, menacing "For Your Life," which is the best song on the album. These four tracks take up the bulk of the album, leaving three lighthearted throwaways to alleviate the foreboding atmosphere -- and pretensions -- of the epics. If all of the throwaways ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Presence scales back the size of Physical Graffiti to a single album, but it retains the grandiose scope of that double record. If anything, Presence has more majestic epics than its predecessor, opening with the surging, ten-minute "Achilles Last Stand" and closing with the meandering, nearly ten-minute "Tea for One." In between, Led Zeppelin add the lumbering blues workout "Nobody's Fault But Mine" and the terse, menacing "For Your Life," which is the best song on the album. These four tracks take up the bulk of the album, leaving three lighthearted throwaways to alleviate the foreboding atmosphere -- and pretensions -- of the epics. If all of the throwaways were as focused and funny as those on Physical Graffiti or Houses of the Holy, Zeppelin would have had another classic on their hands.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/10/2008
  • Label: Wea Japan
  • EAN: 4943674083794
  • Catalog Number: 13137

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Led Zeppelin Primary Artist
Jimmy Page Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Robert Plant Harmonica, Vocals
John Paul Jones Bass, Keyboards
John Bonham Drums
Technical Credits
Jimmy Page Composer, Producer
Robert Plant Composer
John Paul Jones Composer
John Bonham Composer
Keith Harwood Engineer
Jeremy Gee Engineer
Peter Grant Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The "Unknown" album

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of Zeppelins best, Very Underrated

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    another classic.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Underrated Zeppelin

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not for My Life

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Well, it was OK

    Some of the songs were good. It just didn't have that touch from their first 6 albums.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Led Zepplin at what they do best....

    ...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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A furious hard rock record

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of thier best

    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.

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