Was it Led Zeppelin’s finest work? On Feb 24, 1975, Led Zeppelin released their…
Written by megarock on February 24, 2018
Was it Led Zeppelin’s finest work?
On Feb 24, 1975, Led Zeppelin released their 6th album titled “Physical Graffiti”. It was a double disc set. The band wrote and recorded eight songs at Headley Grange and because these eight songs stretched beyond the typical length of an album, the band decided to make “Physical Graffiti” a double album by including unreleased tracks from earlier recording sessions. There was one outtake from “Led Zeppelin III,” three from “Led Zeppelin IV” and three from “Houses of the Holy”.
“Physical Graffiti” was the band’s first release on their own Swan Song Records label, which had been launched in May 1974. Until this point, all of Led Zeppelin’s albums had been released on Atlantic Records. The album was a commercial and critical success, having built up a huge advance order, and when eventually released it reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Pop Albums chart. It has since proven to be one of the most popular releases by the group, shipping 8 million copies in the United States alone (which has made it 16 times platinum as it is a double album).
“Physical Graffiti” was the first album to go platinum on advance orders alone and shortly after its release, all previous Led Zeppelin albums simultaneously re-entered the top-200 album chart.
Billboard magazine’s 5 star review of the album stated: “[Physical Graffiti] is a tour de force through a number of musical styles, from straight rock to blues to folky acoustic to orchestral sounds.” Similarly, Jim Miller stated in Rolling Stone that the double album was “the band’s Tommy, Beggar’s Banquet and Sgt. Pepper rolled into one: Physical Graffiti is Led Zeppelin’s bid for artistic respectability.”
According to Robert Plant, of all the albums Led Zeppelin released, Physical Graffiti represented the band at its most creative and most expressive. He has commented that it is his favourite Led Zeppelin album. Similarly, guitarist Jimmy Page considers this album to be a “high-water mark” for Led Zeppelin.
So do you agree that this was their best work?
Happy 43rd Birthday to “Physical Graffiti”!!!!!