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Physical Graffiti

Physical Graffiti
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Jimmy Page's desire for a double album resulted in Physical Graffiti. A majority of the tracks were recorded in 1974 at Headley Grange. The remainder were leftover tracks that didnt make it to previous albums. Houses Of The Holy was recorded in 1972, obviously as the title track for that album, at Olympic Studios. Black Country Woman and The Rover were recorded at the same time as D'Yer Mak'er. Bron-Y-Aur was originally recorded for Led Zeppelin III.

An amazing feat to note was that when Physical Grafitti hit the stores in 1975, all previous Zeppelin albums were still in the Top 100 charts.

Physical Graffiti featured no less than seven tracks with John Paul Jones at the keyboard. It also was one of the first rock albums to capture a major string section on one of its tracks (Kashmir).
Statistics

Released:
Feb. 24, 1975 (US)
Feb. 24, 1975 (UK)
Feb. 23, 2015(Reissue)

Chart Position:
#1 (US) #1 (UK)

Certified:
Gold: Mar. 6, 1975
Multi Platinum: 16x Jan. 30, 2006
Diamond Award: Nov. 15, 1999

Tracks

1. Custard Pie
2. The Rover
3. In My Time Of Dying
4. Houses Of The Holy
5. Trampled Under Foot
6. Kashmir
7. In The Light
8. Bron-Yr-Aur
9. Down By The Seaside
10. Ten Years Gone
11. Night Flight
12. The Wanton Song
13. Boogie With Stu
14. Black Country Woman
15. Sick Again


DELUXE EDITION BONUS DISC
1. Brandy & Coke ("Trampled Under Foot") (Initial/Rough Mix)
2. Sick Again (Early Version)
3. In My Time Of Dying (Initial/Rough Mix)
4. Houses Of The Holy (Rough Mix with Overdubs)
5. Everybody Makes it Through ("In The Light") (Early Version/In Transit)
6. Boogie With Stu (Sunset Sound Mix)
7. Driving Through Kashmir ("Kashmir") (Rough Orchestra Mix)
Quick Fact

The building on the cover of 97 St. Marks Place in New York City. The actual building has one more story that was cut off for the album cover.

There are 64 windows in the four sleves to the album, each of which have a picture in it. Physical Graffiti bears a striking resemblance to Jose Feliciano's 1973 album Compartments and a vague resemblance to the Rolling Stone's 1978 album Some Girls.
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December 16, 1968 - Zep plays Bath Pavilion for a mere £75.
December 26, 1968 - First American concert at the Coliseum in Denver, CO
December xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are reported to have sold 5 million dollars worth of albums in the US
December 11, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are presented gold and platinum discs for their first two albums
December xx, 1970 - The band enters Island Studios to begin work on the fourth album
December xx, 1971 - The band plays a few low-key shows back in England
December 23, 1972 - The band break for Christmas holiday after a London gig
December xx, 1973 - John Paul Jones works on studio productions for Madeline Bell
December xx, 1973 - Joe Massot films Jimmy Page’s fantasy sequence at Loch Ness
December 19, 1974 - John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page jam with Bad Company at the Rainbow Theater
December 10, 1975 - Led Zeppelin play a 45-minute show with Norman Hale at Behan’s in Jersey
December xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin rehearses for the 1977 tour
December 25, 1976 - It’s announced that Plant and Bonham will reunite with the Band of Joy for three shows in the new year
December xx, 1977 - The band minus Robert gather to discuss Led Zeppelin’s future plans
December xx, 1978 - The new album is completed quickly at Polar Studios and mixed at Jimmy’s Plumpton Studio
December xx, 1979 - John Bonham considers joining Paul McCartney’s Wings
December 29, 1979 - The band minus Jimmy Page attend the Paul McCartney And Wings Kampuchea befefit show
December 04, 1980 - Led Zeppelin issue the following statement not to carry on as a band: "We wish it to be known, that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the deep sense of harmony felt by ourselves and our manager have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were."
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