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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 170 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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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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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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Format: Audio CD
"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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With "Presence" Led Zeppelin gets back to the heavy blues influences that showed up so strongly in their debut album, even though the album starts off with one of their longer rock epics, the 10:26 "Achilles Last Stand." In "Nobody's Fault But Mine" Robert Plant wails on his harmonica big time while Led Zep pounds its way through the song, but it is the final track where the group gets back to the ground they explored in their best blues track, "Since I've Been Loving You" on "Led Zeppelin III." "Tea for One" is without doubt or possible exception, the SLOWEST song in the Led Zep repertoire. After listening to Bonzo thrash his way through the opening track, it is unreal to hear him tapping that cymbal over and over as the song progresses with monster blues riffs countering Plant's sultry vocals.
In many regards this 1976 album is a continuation of the work on "Physical Graffiti." In addition to the three aforementioned tracks, "For Your Life" is the other biggie on the album. That leaves three less than stellar tracks, although Led Zep's throw away tunes are never boring. "Royal Orleans" is over about as soon as it begins, "Candy Store Rock" is a bit of rockabilly, and "Hots on for Nowhere" gets rather funky. Given the rest of the album you almost expect Led Zep to ditch those three tunes and bring out one more epic. In the final analysis, who cares about the black object in a series of pictures each of which is something completely different? Just turn out the lights and listen to this one in the dark (unless you are depressed or despondent, in which case you need to avoid the final track at all costs).
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