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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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February xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin enters the Billboard Top 40
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February 07, 1970 - Edinburgh gig cancelled after Plant receives facial injuries in a car accident
February 28, 1970 - The band performs as "The Nobs" in Copenhagen after threat of legal action from Countess Von Zeppelin
February xx, 1971 - John Paul Jones involved in legal issues regarding a musician who shares the same name
February xx, 1971 - Overdubs for the fourth album are recorded at Island Studios
February 14, 1972 - The band is refused admission into Singapore due to their long hair
February 16, 1972 - The Australian tour begins in Perth
February 21, 1972 - Led Zeppelin: Rock and Roll b/w Four Sticks (Atlantic 45-2865) 45 single is released in the US.
February xx, 1973 - The band makes final preparations for the European tour
February 16, 1973 - The release date for Houses Of The Holy is pushed back due to some sleeve problems
February xx, 1974 - Sessions for Physical Graffiti continue
February 14, 1974 - Page, Plant and Bonham attend a Roy Harper concert
February 04, 1975 - Zeppelin perform a last minute show at Nassau Coliseum to accomodate fans after being banned in Boston
February 24, 1975 - Physical Graffiti finally issued worldwide to phenomenal sales
February xx, 1976 - Media reports that Zeppelin are due to release an album entitled Obelisk
February xx, 1977 - Robert contracts a bout of tonsillitis postponing the American tour
February xx, 1978 - Robert Plant helps produce a record for punk band Dansette Damage
February 16, 1978 - The cases against Bonham, Cole & Grant stemming from the Oakland incident are heard and all receive suspended prison sentences and fines
February xx, 1979 - Although absent from the US stage or market, Led Zeppelin rank best in many music magazine categories
February xx, 1979 - Mixing sessions for In Through The Out Door take place at Polar Studios. Rumors fly of a European tour
February 03, 1980 - Robert joins Dave Edmund’s Rockpile at the Birmingham Top Rank
February 13, 2005 - Led Zeppelin receives a Grammy for Lifetime Achievment.
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