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Presence Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (Dec 1 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Swan Song
  • ASIN: B000002JSJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,005 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Achilles last stand
2. For your life
3. Royal Orleans
4. Nobody's fault but mine
5. Candy store rock
6. Hots on for nowhere
7. Tea for one

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What was that thing in the center of the dining room table? It's still a mystery, but this 1976 album fits comfortably into the canon, with Achilles' Last Stand; Nobody's Fault but Mine; For Your Life; Hots On for Nowhere , and more.

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Presence is one of Led Zeppelin's more overlooked albums, languishing in the monstrous shadow of its predecessor, Physical Graffiti. It's more noted in Zeppelin mythology for the circumstances in which it was recorded, in double-quick time with vocalist Robert Plant's leg in plaster after a car accident. The lack of time does show--much of the album feels like generic heavy rock, bigger on volume than variety. It's worth the price of the album, however, for the ten and a half minute long "Achilles Last Stand", a crashing, galloping epic with John Bonham sounding like he's eschewed drumsticks in favour of tree trunks--and "Nobody's Fault But Mine", a Blind Willie Johnson blues standard regenerated with a 3000-watt boost by Jimmy Page. Led Zeppelin's contribution to rock was primarily physical--raising its heat and density levels, heightening its sensual force. --David Stubbs

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By B. Anderson on July 2 2004
Format: Audio CD
Presence is Led Zeppelin's hardest rocking album, but unfortunately their most inconsistent as well. Jimmy Page shows here clearly why he is one of the greatest guitar players of all time, especially on the epic track "Achilles Last Stand". In fact, that track is one of Zeppelin's best ever. It is John Bonham's best drumming performance ever. Very few could have ever pulled off a performance like this. Also, Robert Plant shows off one of his greatest vocal performances as well. But the real hero of this song and this album for that fact is Jimmy Page. His guitar roars through this track, and is nearly breathtaking. Besides "Achilles" the rest of the songs on this album are also very good with the exception of "Royal Orleans" and "Hots on for Nowhere" which bring the album down to a four instead of a five star rating. Otherwise the rest of the tracks are very good. "Tea For One" is the other great epic track on this album. It's a blues track that kind of recalls "Since I've Been Lovin You" from Zep III, but is also quite different in its own way. The guitars are more out front here, and Plant does not sing as much. This track is still aweasome, and ranks up there with their better epics. The other two stand out tracks here are "For Your Life" and "Nobody's Fault but Mine" with are two great rockers. "Nobody's Fault..." is pure metal. Overall, this album is still well worth purchasing, even though it is one of their weaker albums.
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After the pomp and power, came Presence in 1976. The high flying Zeppelin had become a mortal band, and this is reflected in Presence. On the whole, the album signalled the end of an era and the start of their last chapter. The band would never be the same again.
Jimmy Page has always said that Presence was his greatest achievement - if only for his physical work on it, but it is not Zep's greatest piece. It does contain the classic masterwork "Achilles Last Stand" and "Nobody's Fault but Mine" but people seeking the same dynamic Zep experience as their previous 6 albums should really look elsewhere first.
Presence is a straightforward album with nice guitar riffs and subdued vocals. It feels like a jam session - as opposed to Zep's previous crafted songs. "Achilles' Last Stand" is the exception. "For your Life" is another great Zep track and sums up the band's tone at the time.
For the uninitiated, Presence will be a shocker. For the fans, this album gets better with time.
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Led Zeppelin's seventh album Presence was released in March of 1976. Presence is the band's most overlooked album, languishing in the monstrous shadow of its predecessors(Led Zeppelin I through Physical Graffiti). The album is remembered in Zeppelin history for the circumstances in which it was recorded, in double-quick time with vocalist Robert Plant's leg in a cast after a near-fatal car accident in Greece with his wife and children(this was the first of several tragedies that would mark the end for Led Zeppelin). The lack of time doesn't show as guitarist Jimmy Page, bass player John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham were playing like men possessed on this great album, as I found out when I first got this album on cassette in November of 1985 from my mother(it is my favorite Zeppelin album ever). The 10-minute-plus opening Achilles Last Stand is one of the best songs the band ever recorded with a myriad of Page guitar overdubs and Robert's vocals all kicking ass despite the fact he recorded his vocals in a wheelchair. For Your Life follows and is a great rocker about the evils of cocaine. The funky Royal Orleans closes the first half about a humorous tale about the band's misadventures in New Orleans. The second half kicks off with Nobody's Fault but Mine, an old Blind Willie Johnson blues regenerated with heavy guitars by Page and manic drumming by Bonzo. The Top 40 hit Candy Store Rock follows and is a great song. The song Hot's On For Nowhere is a great shuffle. The closing Tea For One closes this album on a somber note and seems like a part two of Since I've Been Loving You but Robert's voice not screaming this time around. The album was another hit for the band hitting #1 in no time flat here in the US and was the band's first Platinum platter here in the US. For those who love Zeppelin, this is a must. For those whom just like PG or 1-Houses, you are missing out! Highly recommended!
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"Presence" is probably the greatest example of a band working under enourmous pressure and rising to the occasion. At the time, 1975, Zeppelin was forced to do a major rethink considering Robert Plant just about didn't walk again after a car accident, and Jimmy Page was just starting his Keith Richards-like descent into heroin addiction. But musicians are often compelled to go with what they do best, so they wrote some songs, went into the studio and knocked off this electric guitar TOUR DE FORCE in about seventeen days. That's recording the basics, overdubs and mixing, folks (The Stones were coming in to recut "Black And Blue" as soon as Zeppelin was done and they were shocked at Zeppelin's efficiency!) Now, there is stuff on, for example, "Physical Grafitti" that sounds thrown together, but the seven "Presence" tracks excel. Jimmy Page did the uncountable guitar overdubs in two days (to be fair, both "Achilles Last Stand" and "Tea For One" are ten minutes long) and there are no acoustic guitars or keyboards to be found anywhere. Under the circumstances, Plant is in excellent voice ("Nobody's Fault But Mine"), John Bonham pummels the drums into submission ("Achilles Last Stand", "Candy Store Rock") and John Paul Jones plays a lot of what sounds to me like five and eight string bass ("For Your Life", "Royal Orleans"). And these are not simple songs either! Numerous stops and starts in the rhythms and insane time signatures must have made the rehearsals a nightmare (which makes the seventeen days of recording seem all the more impressive.) Yet "Presence" comes across as a very confident, collective sounding album, and only reinforces just how good and tight Led Zeppelin could be.Read more ›
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