Playing this vinyl and actually thinking about my record collection resulted in a ‘road to Damascus’ moment, one that shook my musical beliefs/assumptions to the core (in an earthquake in Kent kind of way).
In an earlier post I covered a Led Zeppelin compilation CD and stated “Whilst I have a preference for earlier Led Zeppelin there’s nothing wrong with any of the tracks on this album.” Now, while I still stand by that statement, there does comes a time in everyone’s life where you have to take a long hard look at yourself in the mirror and decide whether to make a stand for what you really believe or continue hiding behind a mask for the rest of your days.
I’ve looked in that mirror and I’ve decided that I find the mask suffocating and it’s time to take it off.
So, what I’m about to say will be sacrilegious to many but it’s the truth and I can’t go on living a lie.
Here goes……….I like the idea of Led Zeppelin – a group of four virtuosos where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, extending the blues into modern rock music and forging a new path, stories of excess that can only be dreamt of by those that came before and after them, concerts that rewrote the meaning of improvisation for rock bands with no two performances ever being the same – more than I enjoy the reality.
I like many individual tracks but a lot of the music doesn’t hit me like I think it should, a lot of it is pure aural bombast, albeit of the highest order – or is that the point and am I just missing it?
Where it does all come together for me is on this album and it’s the only Zeppelin album in my collection that I return to on a regular basis. It’s a mix of new tracks and cast offs from previous sessions and that might be why it works for me – from the haunting “In The Light”, through the spontaneity of “In My Time Of Dying” ending up with the epic that is “Kashmir” – it delivers on so many different fronts.
Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti (1975) – Triple Vinyl (2015 Reissue)
- Custard Pie
- The Rover
- In My Time of Dying
- Houses of the Holy
- Trampled Under Foot
- In the Light
- Down by the Seaside
- Ten Years Gone
- Night Flight
- The Wanton Song
- Boogie with Stu
- Black Country Woman
- Sick Again
- Brandy & Coke (“Trampled Under Foot”) (Initial/Rough Mix)
- Sick Again (Early Version)
- In My Time of Dying (Initial/Rough Mix)
- Houses of the Holy
- Everybody Makes It Through (“In the Light”) (Early Version/In Transit)
- Boogie with Stu (Sunset Sound Mix)
- Driving Through Kashmir (“Kashmir”) (Rough Orchestra Mix)
Rate – 5/5
Listening Since Day One
CDs – 23, Vinyl Singles – 16, LPs – 17, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1
Total Tracks: 555, Time: 41h 44m 36s