The Rover - Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti (Cassette, Album)

It all ends with the near cliche Kashmirwhich is one of Zep's best known songs - and for a reason. That grandiose riff leading the pack over the course of the song's 8-minutes makes for a killer tune that one doesn't mind listening to, even if you've heard it on the radio a hundred times. So listen to the first album and give the second one a chance, but don't be surprised if it lets you down.

To rate the two albums individually the first would get a 4 and the second would get a 2, making for an average of 3-stars out of 5 for the record. This one is a bit pricey to buy just for the first disc, so frustrating is a good word for it, but the first disc is some of Zep's best stuff, so the set is worth the buy if just for that. Good, but non-essential on the whole. I did more for you baby than the good Lord ever done, I went downtown and bought you some hair and the good Lord never gave you none -- Saunders King For Led Zeppelin, it was always about the blues.

Not just because that's where rock had sprung from or there was so much to be inspired by, but because it was one of the most emotionally expressive forms of music to emerge in the 20th century.

The group's background in, gleaning from, The Rover - Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti (Cassette mastery of music from the American deep South was acute and it allowed them a unique window into its spirit and past, a coveting so thorough it was often mistaken for thievery.

If anything, Zeppelin added to the blues more than they stole from it, at least more than most other white bluesmen. Rebecca, Rebecca, get your big legs off me. It may be sending you baby, but it's worryin' Album) hell out of me. As weathered and tattered as their first two LPs were, Physical Graffiti - their sixth studio issue - was the most loyal in its reverence for all things blue. A celebration of African American folk music zapped with Thor's Album), polished enough for us to notice but filled with the spontaneity and feeling so important to the songs.

Gospel, ragtime, rhythm talk, spiritual, swing, country, soul-- even field hollering, a proto-blues form, can be heard in Robert Plant's electrifying vocals. Though best remembered for classics as 'Kashmir' or 'In the Light', it's the rest of the material that defines the music here and with a sound that sometimes reflects classic period Rolling Stones a third of the tracks were cut at the Stones' mobile studioGraffiti is one of the band's most consistent and finest-sounding works.

I'm going fishin' baby, and I've got a long long pole. Yes I'm going fishin' baby, and I've got a long long pole. Fishin' with you baby, in a very deep hole -- Tom Archia The men's blues of 'Custard Pie' is salacious and dripping with fluids, Jimmy Page's craggy Les Paul and the throaty howl of Plant's harp, barnyard thud of Bonzo's bass drum and hi-hat, all pounded out by JPJ.

A bit of Texas honkytonk for 'Houses of the Holy', full of character and texture. At times you can almost hear the scratches and pops of an old blues record. And the evocative 'Kashmir' ends the first disc with visions of sparse lands, red skies, purple light, and travels of the spirit. Mama move your false teeth, papa wanna scratch your gums -- Champion Jack Dupree 'In the Light' picks-up from where we're left with a vibration of synth and Plant's call to awakening knitted brilliantly into Jimmy Page's bluenotes and rocking steady all the way through, Jones's counterlines on bass and John Bonham's patient timekeeping, in kind with 'Over the Hills and Far Away' from and one of the best things in their catalog.

Jimmy Page gives us a well-earned break with gossamer 'Bron-Y-Aur' as it swirls around in our head delighting us with the magic of one man and a guitar. Page's dreams of guitar armies - later to be fully realized on the magnificent Presence - are displayed in 'Ten Years Gone' with a roughly layered approach he'd honed bythe driving power of this group pushing it all forward, making it work through sheer will.

Simple perfection spat out by the greatest hard rock band the world has ever known-- ooh, in the darkness can you hear me call? Yeah I thought so. Here were four men who had a musical and personal chemistry that most musicians would literally kill for at the height of their physical power and ingenuity, and a record of rock music so good it occasionally defies reason.

Physical Graffiti is the other White Album, and a treat every time it is spun that continues to reveal its treasures. Physical Graffiti is a personal favorite of mine. Pretty much the whole first part consists of flawless Hard Rock classics. The second part shifts the album into lower gear while still maintaining the high song quality.

This is probably the only time I actually enjoy the blues songs at the end of this mighty record because the tracks flow so naturally in the context of this album as a whole. Besides it's really nice to take things slow towards the end and I hope that more bands can implement that in their decision making when compiling a long record. This is also easily the most progressive title in the Led Zeppelin discography which is not necessarily the same as being historically ground breaking.

While the debut album and Led Zeppelin IV hold the titles for being most innovative releases Physical Graffiti is the album where expanding the band's songwriting to actually made sense in the context of the album's length. The album features quite a few tracks that reach beyond the generally excepted 5 minute song length and unlike the previous lengthy blues oriented compositions like Since I've Been Loving You or How Many More Times these expansions have been done through masterful songwriting and not just blues jams.

If you are unfamiliar with Led Zeppelin and want to explore the legend behind this great band then this is the best album to start with! Granted that none of their albums is completely flawless there are a few lesser moments, fortunately they don't distract from the overall excellence featured here. Returning to the wonderful format that is the meandering blues jam, Led Zeppelin deliver one of my favourite tracks 'In My Time of Dying'.

No moment of the 11 minutes is boring, there's too much energy and vibe. My only regret is that it wasn't on the 'Houses of the Holy' album, which lacked such a workout. These two tracks make up half of the good disc. Other than that, the rest of the tracks are pretty average.

There's less exploration and finishing touches than on previous albums, making it seem a little rushed and rough around the edges. The second disc treats us to a plucked selection from the build up of second-rate material in the Atlantic archvies yay I actually like 'In the Light' a lot, but I can't help but noticing that it's only eight minutes long because the first four minutes are actually repeated.

There are few distinguishing moments, and the songs seem to get worse and worse until the album [eventually] ends. It's very long, unpolished, sloppily put together, long, gritty, samey, long, I think you get the point. Somebody ought to paint the front cover as well. At its best moments Led Zeppelin sound somewhat re-born after the lackluster performance they laid down on Houses of The Holy. They're rocking and pumping and Plant almost sounds testosterone charged as of old.

A lot of the song-writing is very good. Kashmir is the obvious and well-known highlight and also Trampled Under Foot and The Rover usually feature on Zeppelin compilations. But the year was and I guess you weren't considered a serious artist if you hadn't released an 80 minute double album yet.

And clearly Zeppelin had to overstretch their creative limit in order to get to 80 minutes. The abundance of filler material drags down the overall quality. The closing track is strong, but the 20 minutes that precede contain too much filler. Of course it's easy to skip the filler and make a decent 40 minute playlist with the best tracks.

I just wished Zeppelin had done that themselves when they released it. In the case of Physical Graffiti, the answer is all too apparent: because the new material is so unimaginative, creatively bankrupt and weak that it makes the old rejects look good by comparison. If you really must listen to one of the great proto-metal bands of their day snooze their way through sub-Rolling Stones country-blues-rock then it's a goldmine, but it lacks all of the verve and vitality and life that the Stones invested the likes of Exile On Main Street with.

Occasionally the Zeps break out of this creative rut to do something a little different, but this usually amounts to rehashing another song from their repertoire only making it worse. Kashmir, for example, uses the same drum-led sound as When The Levee Breaks, but adds dull, cliched, and unimaginatively applied strings to the mix and removes the aggression and power and apocalyptic dread that enthused that great album closer.

The first disc is devoted to the longer songs on the set, on which the band take a single musical idea and repeat it without any interesting variation until the listener is completely sick of it.

The second disc is devoted to shorter songs, which somehow manage to take the sprawling tedium of In My Time of Dying or Trampled Under Foot and squeeze it down into 3-to-4 minute packages. Oh, and it has Boogie With Stu, which has to be the most useless and pointless song the band ever committed to vinyl. I defy anyone to argue that either disc, taken separately or together, is even remotely of the standard of any of the band's first four albums - or, hell, even Rush's Zep-worshipping first album.

Or Presence. Or In Through the Out Door. Or Houses of the Holy. Taken as a whole, Physical Graffiti is good for one thing only, and that's as an explanation for why punk had to happen: so Album) complacent, self-indulgent rock aristocracy like Led Zeppelin would no longer be allowed to get away with foisting such a lacklustre, slipshod, slapdash product on the paying public.

After punk, dinosaur bands like Zeppelin had to work hard and produce decent products to demonstrate that they weren't extinct yet; beforehand, they could put out flabby, wheezy double albums like this and get critically acclaimed for them.

I, personally, am not fooled. After a brilliant start to their career with 4 masterful albums, Led Zeppelin were beginning to falter on every release. This Zeppelin album is all the left over stuff that was not good enough for the previous albums. Some of it perhaps should have been forgotten too, especially on side 2.

To be fair there are some very good tracks on offer here. Other tracks feel like outtakes and almost filler material. Things like "Bron-Yr-Aur" are legendary among fans but when it comes down to it is just an acoustic guitar filler.

So there it is, an album to sift the gold from the dirt. The building has become rather dilapidated over the years and has lost its sheen, but it is still worth dropping by for a visit. This one seems to be among the best loved Zeppelin albums by fans, as well as a favorite among double albums. Yet, I don't really hear what's so great about it And then, perhaps it's Kashmir in great part the one that makes it sound bad, since the rest of the alb Physical Graffiti is a double disc album, booth disc have more rock and blues elements than anything, Led zeppelin decided well to go back to their original style.

The quality of the first disc is almost perfect, very good songs are present here and Kashmir being the only one with prog elements, The most overrated Led Zeppelin album of them all. Think of it: It's a double album, one of the best double albums out there; but that's because it's ultra hard to create a really great double album.

Is it so majestic as IV? Is it so unbelievably tight as their debut? It's definitely a Physical Graffiti is recognized as one of the strongest Led Zeppelin albums, some even say that it is the most "proggy" one.

While I definitely agree with the first statement, I'm not too sure about the second one. True, the album runs over a total of nearly 83 minutes. True, 3 of the 15 songs ex And here we are. This is my fifth entry in the catalog of Led Zeppelin, and this time they are already one of my favorite bands for a long time. Seeing the ratings here, he is the second best rated behind the band IV, but there is so much controve Physical Graffiti is the band's first attempt at a double album and is consequently probably their most diverse.

Report this review Posted by Mr. Mustard Friday, June 15, Review Permanlink. Custard pie is a five stars piece for the entire album.

What about the rest? Now, I was really joking. This was a double one releasd on Christmas and it was very different from the first 4 ones don't forget the fifth one, who was transition?! It has great songs on it, just listen to Report this review Posted by ridemyfacetochicago Friday, September 23, Review Permanlink. Physical Graffiti is an essential album, even if every track on it is not.

Stretching out across two albums, this collection of Led Zeppelin's work is hard to judge as a whole. As many reviewers Album) already noted, if you were to trim off many of the outtakes from other albums, this would be a Physical Graffiti?

I have a hard enough time as it is stomaching their usually terse 40 minute affairs. Is there something to be said about the band's devoted following This is one of the best albums of all time for certain. The songs were all recorded during the band's various studio session between and There is an excellent variety of styles from the good old hard rock of "Custard Pie and "The Rover". This album could very well be the greatest album of all time.

This is the best of the best from the greatest band ever. There is so much variety in this album its ridiculous! Its quite amazing, there's not one song thats just like wow I Led Zeppelin? Physical Graffiti Sometimes we rock fans can be a little reactionary and conservative.

What is the big deal about someone releasing material 2 or 5 years from when it may have been first conceived? Songs are created and Led Zeppelin used them as building blocks to create albu Nonetheless I do feel there is a great wealth to be found on this album. However, as always, Led Zeppelin gives the listener a hogpog of ideas and styles, some of which are developed.

Report this review Posted by mr. I loved this album when I was younger and discovered Zeppelin. Now, I'm sorry to tell you I found this double album too unequal. Physical Graffiti was initially released as a "double album" set that included new material as well as previously unreleased songs.

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music. MusicHound Rock. The Rolling Stone Album Guide. I hope that the rumored playing of this song at the O2 event will be a rip-roaring success!!!! I will say this in closing, that the most powerful Led Zeppelin songs, as performed live, are:. I was disapointed when "The Rover" was not played on the '77 tour, and instead a few openingbars were played, a tease intro to "Sick Again" While I'm not as big a fan of the Rover as you are, I really like the acoustic version on the Antrabata Album).

The Rover is an Amazing Zeppelin Tune! One of my all time favorites Very underated but not the most! The riff that Jimmy gets into on The Rover as it fades out Jimmy, if there is a longer un-edited un-faded version of The Rover in the archives of Zeppelin, please put it out on the next gem of a compelation!

We'd all enjoy hearing you continue that riff The whole of physical graffitti is a great album and is never off my ipod. The whole of side 1 is a great rock sound and side 2 is what zep are all about a complete switch in direction.

How about all of Led Zeppelin's acoustic work. That seems to be very underrated and always has been. Led Zeppelin III was one of the weakest sellers. Now look at Mothership not much of Led Zeppelin's acoustic side was presented there either. Existing user? Sign in with Facebook. Start new topic.


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