Available for £0.99 on Amazon. This was recently featured on a Word podcast which sounded interesting.
Of late I have been listening to a number of the albums of the above (IV, Physical Graffiti, Houses of the Holy. I am not very familiar with the albums at all but a fondness for Plant’s recent work has sent me back. I am aware of debates around Bonham’s drumming but it seems that the consensus is that he was great. But in the early reviews there wasn’t just a debate but outright scathing critiques of his drumming. As a disinterested listener (and a musician myself) , I find him plodding; indeed I am struck by how bad he actually seems to be on these recordings. I am wondering what the drummers and other musicians, listeners etc make of it?
Second question is about the fidelity of the sound. Again, I am struck by how ordinary the sound is on these albums. It sounds very boomy, reverb on drums and vocals that really impacts negatively.
For all of that, I quite like the albums though I vastly prefer Physical Graffiti to Houses of the Holy. So I’m a bit interested in what the aficionado’s think about these matters.
Presence is rarely mentioned as more than one of their lesser albums, and perhaps it is, but Achilles Last Stand is one of their best songs – THE DRUMMING! All the guitars! The sheer gallop! Sometimes, for my money, it´s even better than Kash-feckin´-mir.
For Your Love and Nobody´s Fault But Mine are heavy, forceful rock, the playful strut of Hots On For Nowhere has lots of charm (not a word usually associated with Led Zeppelin) and Tea For One is a beautiful late night ballad, on par with, dare I say it, Since I´ve Been Loving You.
Due to being wheelchair bound following a car accident, Plant´s voice is more relaxed than usual. This is where he found his mature approach to singing.
The whole thing has a nice live in the studio feel, except perhaps all the guitars on Achilles. The Rolling Stones had booked the studio, and thus made sure Zeppelin had a deadline to meet – probably a good thing at that stage. It kept the sessions fresh.
Anyone else with a soft spot for Presence?
The one where you can buy anything, where Jimmy Page buys his Zep bootlegs.
Cos what I would like to have is “Going To Auckland’, the recording of their NZ gig in Auckland NZ on 25 Feb 1972.
I know this concert is on the internet, it’s on this crap YouTube link but what I REALLY would like to have is a CD or vinyl copy. I was there on 25 February 1972, I’d just turned 18 and I travelled by train from Wellington and stayed at my Grandma’s place in Auckland NZ.
My daughter will be in Tokyo this week and she’s promised me she’ll seek it out, just need to know where to go!
I was compiling the playlist for my radio show earlier today (link below, since you asked), which included this track from The Yardbirds, and it occurred to me that back then in the sixties lots of songs had “hey” or “hey hey” or in extreme cases “hey hey hey” as part of the song.
OTTOMH I can think of The Kink’s “Dead End Street” and The Spencer Davis Group’s “Gimme Some Lovin’”. And of course Zep’s “Black Dog”. I thought maybe I could compile a whole 90 minute show of songs with guys saying “hey”.
And, are there any songs with girls saying/singing “hey”? I can’t think of any myself, but I’d love to include them, maybe even do a whole show of girls singing “hey” if there’s enough suggestions.
The Stairway to Heaven brouhaha has flared up again with new claims made that the opening chords are lifted from Spirit’s 1967 song Taurus .
This controversy has been kicking around for years of course and Led Zep are well-known for appropriating music from other sources. But it will be interesting to see if they are finally bang to rights on this one or if, 47 years after the event, they manage to walk away with an out-of-court settlement.
My money’s on the latter.
The extras for these have been a mixed bag so far with many rough mixes sounding almost identical to the released takes to everyone but black dogs
However this last batch look more interesting if true
PRESENCE Two Ones Are Won For Your Life (Reference mix) 10 Ribs & All / Carrot Pod Pod (pod) Royal Orleans (reference mix) Hots On For Nowhere (reference mix)
IN THROUGH THE OUT DOOR In the Evening (rough mix) Southbound Piano (South Bound Saurez) Fool In the Rain (r mix) Hot Dog (r mix) The Epic (Carouselambra r mix) The Hook (All My Love r mix) Blot (I’m Gonna Crawl – r mix)
CODA We’re Gonna Groove (alt mix) If It Keeps On Raining (When The Levee Breaks rough mix) Bonzo’s Montreux (Mix Construction In Progress) Baby Come On Home Sugar Mama Poor Tom (instrumental) Travelling Riverside Blues (BBC Session) Hey Hey What Can I Do Four Hands (Four Sticks – Bombay Orchestra) Friends (Bombay Orchestra) St Tristan’s Sword (rough mix) Desire (The wanton Song – rough mix) Walter’s Walk (rough mix) Everybody Makes It Through (In the Light – rough mix)
I look forward to more from Presence and In Through.
Well, the big day is here. Led Zep’s gargantuan double is re-released for the umpteenth time. Can anyone tell me, has it finally got any bottom?