Physical Graffiti

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Physical Graffiti
Album cover
Album by Led Zeppelin
Released February 24, 1975
Recorded Headley Grange, Hampshire, with Ronnie Lane's Mobile Studio;
Stargroves, England, with The Rolling Stones Mobile Studio;
Olympic Studios, London;
Island Studios, London.
Mixed at Olympic Sudios, London;
Electric Lady, New York, between 1970 and 1974.
Producer Jimmy Page
Genre Hard rock
Length 85 min 15 s
Record label Swan Song Records
Catalogue (US) Swan Song SS 2-200
(UK) Swan Song SSK89400
Professional reviews
Q review 5/5 November 2000 (http://www.q4music.com/nav?page=q4music.review.redirect&fixture_review=117458&resource=117458&fixture_artist=144739) (remastered version)
Led Zeppelin Chronology
Houses of the Holy
(1973)
Physical Graffiti
(1975)
Presence
(1976)

Physical Graffiti is a double album by British rock and roll band Led Zeppelin. The album was released on February 24, 1975 (see 1975 in music) and was the band's first release on their own Swan Song Records label.

Perhaps both Led Zeppelin's last great spasm of fresh ideas and creativity and a harbinger of the archive-raiding yet to come, Physical Graffiti was a sprawling collection of newly recorded songs mixed with old tracks dating back as far as the 1969 sessions for Led Zeppelin II.

The album is highlighted "Kashmir", which slowly builds to a crescendo and includes symphonic backing (arranged and played by John Paul Jones in a mellotron).

The original album jacket for the LP included die-cut windows on the building shown on the cover; as the inner sleeves for the discs were inserted in different orientations various objects and people would appear in the windows.

The album reached #1 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart. In 1998 Q magazine readers voted Physical Graffiti the 28th greatest album of all time; in 2003 the TV network VH1 placed it at number 71. In 2001 Q named it as one of the 50 Heaviest Albums Of All Time.

Contents

Track listing

Disc one

  1. "Custard Pie" (Page/Plant) (4:13)
  2. "The Rover" (Page/Plant) (5:36)
  3. "In My Time of Dying" (Page/Plant/Jones/Bonham) (11:04)
  4. "Houses of the Holy" (Page/Plant) (4:01)
  5. "Trampled Under Foot" (Page/Plant/Jones) (5:35)
  6. "Kashmir" (Page/Plant/Bonham) (8:31)

Disc two

  1. "In the Light" (Page/Plant/Jones) (8:44)
  2. "Bron-Yr-Aur" (Page) (2:06)
  3. "Down by the Seaside" (Page/Plant) (5:14)
  4. "Ten Years Gone" (Page/Plant) (6:31)
  5. "Night Flight" (Jones/Page/Plant) (3:36)
  6. "The Wanton Song" (Page/Plant) (4:06)
  7. "Boogie with Stu" (Bonham/Jones/Page/Plant/Stewart/Valens-*) (3:51)
  8. "Black Country Woman" (Page/Plant) (4:24)
  9. "Sick Again" (Page/Plant) (4:43)

-* Credited to "Mrs. Valens, mother of Ritchie Valens". According to Jimmy Page, since the jam leaned heavily on "Ooh My Head" by the late Ritchie Valens, it was decided to give credit to his mother "because we heard she never received any royalties from any of her son's hits, and Robert did lean on that lyric a bit. So what happens? They tried to sue us for all of the song! We had to say bugger off". [1] (http://www.turnmeondeadman.net/Zep/BoogieWithStu.html)

Personnel

  • Roy Harper - Photography
  • Jimmy Page - Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar, Guitar (Electric), Producer
  • 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 on "Boogie With Stu"
  • Mike Doud - Artwork, Design, Cover Design
  • Peter Corriston - Artwork, Design, Cover Design
  • Elliot Erwitt - Photography
  • Dave Heffernan - Illustrations
  • B.P. Fallen - Photography
Led Zeppelin
John Bonham - John Paul Jones - Jimmy Page - Robert Plant
Original albums: Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin III - Untitled - Houses of the Holy - Physical Graffiti - Presence - The Song Remains the Same - In Through the Out Door - Coda
Other albums: Boxed Set - Profiled - Remasters - Boxed Set 2 - The Complete Studio Recordings - BBC Sessions - Early Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin Volume One - Latter Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin Volume Two - How the West Was Won
Films: The Song Remains the Same - Led Zeppelin DVD
Songs: "The Battle of Evermore" - "Dazed and Confused" - "Stairway to Heaven" - "When the Levee Breaks"
Other: Peter Grant - Swan Song Records

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