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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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May xx, 1969 - The band’s debut album enters the US Top 10
May xx, 1969 - Recording sessions for Led Zeppelin II begin
May xx, 1970 - The band works on new material at Bron-Y-Aur
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May xx, 1972 - Houses Of The Holy recording sessions on location at Stargroves and Olympic studios
May 27, 1972 - Warm-up gigs kick off in Holland for an upcoming American tour
May 04, 1973 - Led Zeppelin gross nearly $250,000 for their performance in Atlanta, GA
May 05, 1973 - 56,800 attend the second show of the 1973 US tour at Tampa. This sets a record for the largest attendance for a one-act performance, previously held by the Beatlesfor their Shea Stadium show in 1965
May 10, 1974 - Swan Song Records is officially launched
May 11, 1974 - Led Zeppelin attend an Elvis concert and are thrilled when Elvis announces that Led Zeppelin is in the building
May 10, 1975 - Showco ships their PA system and video screens for the Earls Court shows from Dallas to London
May 23, 1976 - Page and Plant join Bad Company onstage at the LA Forum
May 21, 1977 - The Houston Summit claims $500,000 in damages to their venue caused by rowdy fans
May xx, 1978 - The band reunite at Clearwater Castle to rehearse
May 22, 1979 - It is officially announce that Led Zeppelin will headline at the Knebworth Festival in August
May 15, 1980 - After many revisions the European tour dates are finalized and the band is scheduled to open in Germany
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