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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
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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.

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LC9000 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Aug. 16 2015
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This is part of the latest (and last) "remaster" releases for Led Zeppelin. As per usual, the packaging is very well done and this time around, so is the pressing (all of mine say printed in the EU so I can only assume they've learned from past blunders). All my records from this latest release (Presence, ITTOD, CODA) all are good and flat and without flaw. (some people like to argue about the remaster job, but honestly, they sound great) I've listened to these versions against original pressings and the "classic album 200g" versions and I must say (and this doesn't take into account peoples personal systems that may enhance or diminish freq etc...after all it is vinyl and people get systems that suit their own tastes) that listening to this entire series has been a pleasant experience for me. All the records seem more even and "proper" in their freq spectrum's (yes, I work in the music industry on the technical side) than any other version out there that I've heard.

Again, the extra content on this record is sort of Meh. It'll probably only be played a couples times ever for me even though I'm a big fan. But, I am very happy to own the entire series. (Legacy complete as far as I'm concerned) ...please read my reviews of the rest of the series for particulars.
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Some people will say this was a rushed album in which a recovering Plant's struggle with the aftermath of a recent accident was apparent. Some will say Graffiti said it all better and there was no evolution in LZ's style. Therefore some have rated this album according to their own tastes and that's just fine because that's EXACTLY what I'm about to do. If anyone would tell me I could only keep one LZ album, I would keep their 1969 debut album. If I could wiggle another one in, it would be Presence. It's raw sounding, just as it should, and Plant's frustration throughout the recording sessions can be clearly heard. Actually, I think this a good thing as when he is in his comfort zone he can sound quite "predictable". Instead, this album has a rushed spontaneity that's hard to miss except by the critics who were clearly expecting the usual LZ "polish" present in all their past albums, save for their first one... Presence has the best drinking song ever (Nobody's Fault but Mine), one of the most epic songs ever written (Achilles Last Stand) and the Marathon Mother of all Blues Songs (Tea for One).

So if you want LZ's usual cornucopia of diverse and more experimental work, you might want to skip this one. But you'll be missing Page's energy and the inescapable sense of urgency driving this record, not to mention the energy and the punch every single tune delivers.

This is probably the most underrated title from LZ's catalogue, elemental LZ at their best, at least in my opinion.

A note about this vinyl release. LZ's masters never sounded great to begin with and on CD some of the remasters can be downright awful. Fortunately this is not the case here. This reissue seems to preserve the sound I remember from my youth while the 180g pressing does a good job of adding the necessary depth most of the old releases were missing.
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By Bootsy Bass TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 7 2015
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Presence is one of my favourite Led Zeppelin albums. There are three songs on this album that are among my favourite Zep tracks of all time. They are Achilles Last Stand, Nobody's Fault But Mine, and Tea For One. This 2015 re-master has the complete album on CD 1 and reference mixes of works in progress. Here is what that is according to the liner notes...."the material on the companion disc presents a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin. It is a selection of work in progress,with rough mixes,backing tracks, alternate versions and new material recorded at the time."...
Here is the track listing:
CD 1
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

CD 2
1. Two Ones Are Won (Achilles Last Stand)
2. For Your Life
3. 10 Ribs And All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod)
4. Royal Orleans
5. Hots On For Nowhere

All in all it's great mix job and a super quality Zep album.
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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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