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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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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

March 17, 1969 - A four-song performance is filmed for TV Byen in Denmark (aired on May 19, 1969)
March 21, 1969 - Zeppelin’s debut TV appearance on "How It Is"
March 25, 1969 - Filming session for the Supershow
March xx, 1970 - The band turns down many TV offers worth large sums
March 05, 1971 - Led Zeppelin started a 12-date "Thank You" tour for British fans, appearing at the clubs from their early days and charging the same admission prices as in 1968. The first show was at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California and Rock And Roll.
March 12, 1972 - Page and Plant rehearse some songs with the Bombay Orchestra
March 25, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finally release Houses of the Holy after production issues with the album cover
March 28, 1973 - Led Zeppelin released Houses Of The Holy in the UK. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed "houses of the holy". Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.
March xx, 1974 - The band decide to release a double album due to the amount of left over studio material
March 29, 1975 - Led Zeppelin saw all six of their albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week, alongside their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.
March 15, 1975 - Tickets for the Earls Court shows sellout within four hours
March xx, 1976 - Jimmy speaks with reporters mentioning the new album due out called Presence
March 31, 1976 - Presence is released
March 28, 1977 - Zeppelin arrive in Dallas, Texas to rehearse before opening the eleventh tour of the US
March xx, 1978 - Robert and John spend some time hanging around the Midlands
March 26, 1979 - Robert takes lead vocal at a Bad Company gig in Birmingham
March 04, 1980 - John Bonham makes a TV appearance on "Alright Now" with Bill Connolly
March 26, 2006 - Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
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