92442-2 Physical Graffiti
Produced by Jimmy Page
Released on February 24, 1975
UK CHART POSITION #1 . . . US CHART POSITION #1 . . . 15x PLATINUM (5/3/99)
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92442-2 cover
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I saved this record for later in life, lest I blow my entire load Zeppelin in youth’s eager folly. Sometimes I’d attempt a tentative climb up its twin peaks, always crashing back to earth with nothing more than a glimpse of Kashmir’s grand estate to boast of. Lately I’ve taken it upon myself to give Physical Graffiti a good, hard look. At first, it seemed a massive wall of rock songs, forbidding and frightening. Today, I embrace it as a monument to Led Zeppelin’s achievement. The two-record set is split between new material and leftovers from earlier sessions. Imagine Zep at their most exotic and intense separated by slices of superior Coda and you’ve got a good internal image of this graffiti. It’s not hyperbole to call these some of the band’s most stunning sonic monsters to date: “Trampled Under Foot,” “The Wanton Song,” “Kashmir.” In between are lean animals left outside their last House that any other rock band would have made their most cherished pets: “The Rover,” “Houses of the Holy.” Like the Stones’ Exile on Main Street, Physical Graffiti is an amazing songbook. “In The Light,” “Custard Pie,” “Ten Years Gone,” “Down By The Seaside” (the latter a dead-on Stones clone), these songs would slip out into rock radio every eleventh hour and then run back to their rooms and lock the door, waiting for you to knock at Physical Graffiti’s gate with twelve dollars in hand. What’s waiting within is a black feast that will feed even the most insatiable appetites. If everything after it seemed small by comparison, why are we surprised?

92442-2 back cover
92442-2 back cover

TRACK LISTING

    disc one
  1. CUSTARD PIE    (Jimmy Page/Robert Plant)    4:13
  2. THE ROVER    (Jimmy Page/Robert Plant)    5:36
  3. IN MY TIME OF DYING    (Jimmy Page/Robert Plant/John Paul Jones/John Bonham)    11:04
  4. HOUSES OF THE HOLY    (Jimmy Page/Robert Plant)    4:01
  5. TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT    (Jimmy Page/Robert Plant/John Paul Jones)    5:35
  6. KASHMIR    (Jimmy Page/Robert Plant/John Bonham)    8:31

    disc two
  7. IN THE LIGHT    (Jimmy Page/Robert Plant/John Paul Jones)    8:44
  8. BRON-YR-AUR    (Jimmy Page)    2:06
  9. DOWN BY THE SEASIDE    (Jimmy Page/Robert Plant)    5:14
  10. TEN YEARS GONE    (Jimmy Page/Robert Plant)    6:31
  11. NIGHT FLIGHT    (John Paul Jones/Jimmy Page/Robert Plant)    3:36
  12. THE WANTON SONG    (Jimmy Page/Robert Plant)    4:06
  13. BOOGIE WITH STU    (John Bonham/John Paul Jones/Jimmy Page/Robert Plant/Ian Stewart/Mrs. Valens)    3:51
  14. BLACK COUNTRY WOMAN    (Jimmy Page/Robert Plant)    4:24
  15. SICK AGAIN    (Jimmy Page/Robert Plant)    4:43

CREDITS

JOHN BONHAM --
JOHN PAUL JONES --
JIMMY PAGE --
ROBERT PLANT --
Peter Grant -- executive producer
George Chkiantz -- engineer
Keith Harwood -- engineer, mixing
Andy Johns -- engineer
Eddie Kramer -- engineer, mixing
Ron Newison -- engineer
AGI/Mike Doud, Peter Corriston -- package concept and design
Elliot Erwitt, B.P. Fallen, Roy Harper -- photography
Maurice Tate -- tinting extraordinaire
Dave Heffernan -- window illustration

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK February 24, 1975 Swan Song 2LP/8T SSK/SK8-89400 diecut cover, insert
US/CAN February 24, 1975 Swan Song 2LP/2CS/8T SS/CS/TP-2-200 diecut cover, insert
ARG   Swan Song 2LP 805045  
COL 1975 Atlantic 2LP WEA 10553/4 gatefold cover
GER 1975 Swan Song 2LP K89400 diecut cover, insert
JPN   Swan Song 2LP P-6317/8N diecut cover, insert
KOR 1975 Swan Song 2LP SS2-2001198 diecut cover, ps, insert
MEX 1975 Atlantic 2LP GWEA-5120/1 diecut cover, ps, insert
BRA 1977 Swan Song 2LP 48001 diecut cover, insert
VEN 1983 Atlantic 2LP 2314  
JPN 1985 Swan Song 2LP P-4605/6N diecut cover, insert
US 1987 Atlantic 2CD/CS 90302  
BRA 1988 Swan Song 2LP 675.4002 diecut cover, ps, insert
JPN   Swan Song 2CD 55XD-661/2  
US 1990 Swan Song 2CD A2-200  
JPN 1992 Swan Song 2LP AMJY-2005/6 diecut cover, lyric insert
JPN   Atlantic 2CD AMCY-2436/7  
US/CAN August 16, 1994 Atlantic 2CD/CS 92442 digital remaster
RUS   CD Maximum CD CDM998-195  
JPN 2003 Atlantic 2CD WPCR-11616/7 digital remaster
US 2005 Classic Records 2LP SS2-200 diecut cover, 200g vinyl

 

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