Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti is 35

Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
Led Zeppelin
Physical Graffiti
Rating: ****
By 1975, Led Zeppelin were one of the biggest rock bands in the world. The band were selling out shows and releasing #1 records. When their sixth album, Physical Graffiti, came out in 1975 it did just the same as any of their albums. However, the album is a bit different from Zeppelin's other releases. For one thing, it was the band's only double album. The album's material consisted of songs that dated back to 1970 sessions for the Led Zeppelin III album.
For the first disc, you got six great songs. "Custard Pie" is a simple rocker while "The Rover" hopes that we can "just join hands". "In My Time Of Dying" is definetely one of the blusiest tracks the band ever recorded as the slide guitar played by Jimmy Page is sweet. "Houses of The Holy" should've been on the 1973 album of the same name while the band gets funky for "Trampled Under Foot". The first disc ends with the magicial "Kashmir".
The second disc consists of older material. "In the Light" is a nice song while "Ten Years Gone" could easily rank as one of the best Zeppelin tracks ever recorded with its lyrics and its brilliant sounding guitars. For those who like straight-forth rockers, "The Wanton Song" and "Sick Again" are for you. If you like something a bit more bluesy, the band's jam session with Stones keyboardist Ian Stuart, fittingly called "Boogie With Stu", might suite you better. These are just some of the highlights of the second disc.

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