Today in Zep History…

Physical Graffiti By Led Zeppelin

Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin

It was today, on February 24, 1975,  that  Led Zeppelin released their double album Physical Graffiti.  If you’re counting that was 35 years ago, maybe you don’t wanna count. Let’s not. Instead let’s talk music, let’s talk Zeppelin, let’s talk about Physical Graffiti. Do we have a deal? Cool.

Here are the stats on Physical Graffiti:

  • It was Led Zeppelin’s sixth album
  • The album went platinum 16 times
  • Recording sessions came to a halt when John Paul Jones considered leaving the band
  • The two five-story buildings photographed for the album cover are located at 96 and 98 St. Mark’s Place in New York City
  • It was the first album released on Swan Song Records, their own label
  • It was the 7th best selling album of the 70’s
  • This album is on VH1’s 100 Greatest Albums, was voted 70th best album of all time by Rolling Stone editors

According to an excerpt from Jim Miller’s Rolling Stone review from March 27, 1975,  “In a virtual recapitulation of the group’s career, Physical Graffiti touches all the bases. There’s a blues (“In My Time of Dying”) and a cosmic-cum-heavy ballad (“In the Light”); there’s an acoustic interlude (“Bron-Y-Aur”) and lots of bludgeoning hard rock, still the band’s forte (“Houses of the Holy,” “The Wanton Song”); there are also hints of Bo Diddley (“Custard Pie”), Burt Bacharach (“Down by the Seaside”) and Kool and the Gang (“Trampled under Foot”). If nothing else, Physical Graffiti is a tour de force. ”


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