Presence CD (1994)

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Zeppelin`s overlooked classic

by Rod Garner on 3/11/2013

Presence is an album that is very much overlooked by classic rock fans. While it doesn`t come close to the greatness of Led Zeppelin`s previous albums like Physical Graffiti, House of the Holy and IV(ZoSo), it`s still a pretty good album. The standout song on there by far is the epic opener Achilles Last Stand, which features some of John Bonham`s best drumming. Read More

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Label Wea/atlantic
SKU 60147830
UPC 075679243928
UPC 14 00075679243928
Format CD
Release Date 8/16/1994
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Author Led Zeppelin
Compilation Appearance Almost Famous
Compilation Appearance Perfecto Presents Another World
Compilation Appearance Shrek The Third
Compilation Appearance The Song Remains The Same (Remastered & Expanded Edition)
Compilation Appearance Atlantic Records: Time Capsule (Limited Edition)
Technical Info
Engineer Jeremy Gee; Keith Harwood
Producer Jimmy Page
CatalogID 7567924392
Lable Name Atlantic (Label)
Released 08/09/1994
Original Release 1976
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code AAD
Length 44m : 24s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075679243928
Album Notes and Credits
Led Zeppelin: Robert Plant (vocals, harmonica); Jimmy Page (electric & acoustic guitars, background vocals); John Paul Jones (bass, keyboards, background vocals); John Bonham (drums).
Recorded at Musicland Studios, Munich, West Germany.
Personnel: Robert Plant (vocals, harmonica); Jimmy Page (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); John Paul Jones (keyboards); John Bonham (drums).
Audio Mixer: Keith Harwood.
Recording information: Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany (11/1975-12/1975).
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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Q (11/94, p.143) - 3 Stars - Good - "...kind of PHYSICAL GRAFFITI, part two, though not quite essential..."
Disc 1
1 Achilles Last Stand
2 For Your Life
3 Royal Orleans
4 Nobody's Fault But Mine
5 Candy Store Rock
6 Hots On For Nowhere
7 Tea For One
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