Saturday 23 September 2017

Album review: Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti

John Meagher

John Meagher

Most double albums are bloated affairs that would have benefited from being ruthlessly trimmed back, but it’s hard to imagine Led Zeppelin’s 1975 magnum opus any leaner than the 82-minute juggernaut that remains a totemic release in rock history.

5*

Now given the deluxe treatment to mark its 40th anniversary, and with re-mastering from guitarist Jimmy Page, Physical Graffiti has lost none of its power.

From the wildly theatrical stomp of ‘Kashmir’ to the glorious racket of ‘Trampled Under Foot’ and on to the sweet whimsy of ‘Bron-Yr-Aur’, this is the sound of Led Zep at their peak.

There’s no shortage of bonus material in a variety of versions with ‘Driving Through Kashmir’ and an early version of ‘Sick Again’ well worth investigation.

Ultimately, some of the songs sound very much of their time – that period when progressive rock was about to give way to punk – but its power remains undimmed. A monolithic release.

Key tracks: ‘Kashmir’; ‘Trampled Under Foot’

Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti (Atlantic)

Read John Meagher’s column on Led Zeppelin in tomorrow’s Weekend Review

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