My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Physical Graffiti is the sixth album by Led Zeppelin. Eight songs on the double album were recorded in early 1974, the rest consists of songs left off of other albums. Because of the intricate packaging, the album release was delayed until February of 1975.
What I think: Listening to a Led Zeppelin album, I never know what I’m going to think. I like such a limited type of their song and that is the heavy really riff-y stuff. This album has a lot of that sound, especially on the first disc, but isn’t really my style on the second.
That first disc though, my god what a stellar set. It’s sort of a incline leading up to “In My Time of Dying”, which is one of the most kick ass songs I’ve ever heard. It’s just completely amazing. The band just kills the whole way, with Bonham’s drums being the highlight. I love that it is eleven minutes long, but doesn’t have any long instrumental parts. It’s just eleven minutes of kick ass rock. From there things don’t really let up until disc two (although the first song on disc 2, “In the Light” continues with these heavy ways). Kashmir comes towards the end of that run. The song is another amazing riff-y song with some amazing core band parts along with intense orchestral backing. I would probably have said it was my favorite Zeppelin song before hearing “In My Time of Dying”. Oddly enough, the phaser on it makes me cringe a bit, because I’ve had too many poorly encoded MP3’s which get a sound similar to that. Sort of a Pavlov’s Dogs thing.
From there though, the songs get too soft and introspective for me. And that is fine, they are decent songs and with other bands they are the type of song I look for. The problem for me is that they are not what I look for in my Led Zeppelin. I want the riff rock.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? There is no doubt that this album should be here. Some of it is killer, the other doesn’t fall into my zone, but is objectively still pretty stellar. Oh, and I haven’t gotten behind many double albums, but I think this one would be lacking without that second half.
Rating (Out of 5) 4
Physical Graffiti Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (266/339)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 78%
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