|Presence (Deluxe Edition)|
Led Zeppelin — Presence (Deluxe Edition) [July 31, 2015]
Location: London, England, UK
Album release: 31 March 1976 / July 31, 2015
Recorded: November–December 1975
Studio: Musicland Studios, Munich, West Germany
Record Label: Atlantic Catalog Group / Swan Song
01. Achilles Last Stand 10:32
02. For Your Life 6:25
03. Royal Orleans 2:59
04. Nobody's Fault But Mine 6:28
05. Candy Store Rock 4:11
06. Hots On For Nowhere 4:44
07. Tea For One 9:28
08. Two Ones Are Won (Achilles Last Stand) (Reference Mix) 10:29
09. For Your Life (Reference Mix) 6:28
10. 10 Ribs & All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod) (Reference Mix) 6:49
11. Royal Orleans (Reference Mix) 3:01
12. Hots On For Nowhere (Reference Mix) 4:47
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Δ¤ The Super Deluxe Boxed Set includes Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve, Companion audio on CD in card wallet, Remastered album on 180–gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing, Companion audio on 180–gram vinyl, High–def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit, Hard bound, 72+ page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia & High quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.
¤Δ¤ The differences between each track is listed below (differences will be from viewpoint of the Deluxe Edition tracks):
¤Δ¤ "Achilles Last Stand" — Named "Two Ones are Won" on the companion disc.
¤Δ¤ "For Your Life" —
¤Δ¤ "10 Ribs & All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod)" — Only in Deluxe Edition.
¤Δ¤ "Royal Orleans" —
¤Δ¤ "Nobody's Fault but Mine" — Not included.
¤Δ¤ "Candy Store Rock" — Not included.
"Hots On for Nowhere" — Version has no overdubs, final few seconds have additional lyrics.
¤Δ¤ "Tea for One" — Not included.
¤Δ¤ John Bonham — drums, percussion
¤Δ¤ John Paul Jones — four and eight–string bass guitars
¤Δ¤ Jimmy Page — guitars, production
¤Δ¤ Robert Plant — lead vocals, harmonica on "Nobody's Fault but Mine"
¤Δ¤ Barry Diament — mastering (original 1987 CD release)
¤Δ¤ Peter Grant — executive producer
¤Δ¤ Jeremy Gee — tape engineering
¤Δ¤ George Hardie — sleeve design
¤Δ¤ Keith Harwood — engineering, mixing
¤Δ¤ Hipgnosis — sleeve design
¤Δ¤ George Marino — remastered CD release
¤Δ¤ Originally released in 1976, Presence was recorded during a whirlwind 18–day session at Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany. The album which peaked at #1 in both the U.S. and UK and was certified triple platinum crackles with energy on Zeppelin classics like Nobody s Fault But Mine and Achilles Last Stand and delivers powerful jolts of the group at its visceral best.
¤Δ¤ The companion audio disc that accompanies Presence has five unreleased reference mixes from the sessions, which reveal works in progress. Along with alternate incarnations of For Your Life Achilles Last Stand and Royal Orleans, there is also the previously unheard instrumental curiously titled 10 Ribs & All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod).
Album sleeve design:
¤Δ¤ The cover and inside sleeve of this album, created by Hipgnosis, features various images of people interacting with a black obelisk–shaped object. Inside the album sleeve, the item is referred to simply as "The Object." It was intended to represent the "force and presence" of Led Zeppelin. In the liner notes of the first Led Zeppelin boxed set, Page explained:
¤Δ¤ “There was no working title for the album. The record–jacket designer said 'When I think of the group, I always think of power and force. There's a definite presence there.' That was it. He wanted to call it Obelisk. To me, it was more important what was behind the obelisk. The cover is very tongue–in–cheek, to be quite honest. Sort of a joke on [the film] 2001. I think it's quite amusing.” ¤ The background used in the cover photograph is of an artificial marina that was installed inside London's Earl's Court Arena for the annual Earl's Court Boat Show that was held in the winter of 1974–75. This was the same venue where the band played a series of concerts a few months after the boat show, in May 1975.
¤Δ¤ In 1977, Hipgnosis and George Hardie were nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Album Package.
¤Δ¤ A remastered version of Presence, along with In Through the Out Door and Coda were reissued on 31 July 2015. The reissue comes in six formats: a standard CD edition, a deluxe two–CD edition, a standard LP version, a deluxe two–LP version, a super deluxe two–CD plus two–LP version with a hardback book, and as high resolution 96k/24–bit digital downloads. The deluxe and super deluxe editions feature bonus material containing alternative takes and previously unreleased songs, "Two Ones are Won" and "10 Ribs & All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod)". The reissue was released with a negative version of the original album's artwork as its bonus disc's cover. Chart (1976): Peak position:
¤Δ¤ Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart #4
¤Δ¤ Canadian RPM Top 100 Albums Chart #16
¤Δ¤ French Albums Chart #5
¤Δ¤ Italian Albums Chart #15
¤Δ¤ Japanese Albums Chart #2
¤Δ¤ New Zealand Top 50 Albums Chart #8
¤Δ¤ Norwegian Albums Chart #4
¤Δ¤ Spanish Albums Chart #7
¤Δ¤ Swedish Albums Chart #8
¤Δ¤ UK Albums Chart #1
¤Δ¤ US Billboard 200 Albums Chart #1
¤Δ¤ West German Albums Chart #27
¤Δ¤ United Kingdom (BPI) Platinum 300,000^
¤Δ¤ United States (RIAA) 3× Platinum 3,000,000^
¤Δ¤ ^shipments figures based on certification alone
Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine; Score: ***½
¤Δ¤ Created at a time of intense turmoil for Led Zeppelin — they scrapped a planned international tour in the wake of Robert Plant's car accident in Greece in August 1975 — Presence is a strange, misshapen beast of a record that pulls upon its own tension. ¤Δ¤ With Plant somewhat on the sidelines — he recorded many of the vocals while in a wheelchair — Jimmy Page reasserted himself as the primary creative force in the band, helping steer Presence toward a guitar–heavy complexity, perched halfway between a return to roots and unfettered prog. This dichotomy means it feels like Presence sprawls as wildly as Physical Graffiti even though it's half its length: the four epics tend to overshadow the trio of lean rockers that really do hark back to the Chess boogie and rockabilly that informed Zeppelin's earliest work. Each of these three — "Royal Orleans," "Candy Store Rock," "Hots on for Nowhere" — plays as snappily as the throwaways on the second half of Physical Graffiti, containing a sexy insouciance; the band almost seems to shrug off how catchy Page's riffs and how thick the grooves of John Bonham and John Paul Jones actually are. No matter how much fun this triptych is, they're lost underneath the shadow of "Achilles Last Stand," a ten–minute exercise in self–styled moody majesty and the turgid blues crawl of closer "Tea for One." In between, there are two unalloyed masterpieces that channel all of the pain of the period into cinematic drama: a molten blues called "Nobody's Fault But Mine" and "For Your Life," as sharp, cinematic, and pained as Zeppelin ever were. Added together, Presence winds up as something less than the sum of its parts but its imbalance also means that it's a record worth revisiting; it seems different upon each revisit and is always compelling. Achilles Last Stand
Song Review by Brian Downing
¤Δ¤ After Physical Graffiti came out in 1975 to unanimous critical and commercial raves, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant traveled to North Africa to gather ideas for a follow–up. Unfortunately, Plant broke his ankle in a car accident, which essentially squelched Led Zeppelin's momentum as well as their seven–year winning streak. The band decided to reassemble and quickly write and record what would turn out to be Presence. Hence, meticulous attention to detail was not an option, as the band reverted to a no–frills approach not heard since their first album. "Achilles Last Stand" is the most ambitious song on Presence, the only one that resembles the layered masterpieces from Physical Graffiti. The title was a nod to Plant's broken ankle as well as the mystic locale which inspired the lyrics. The "guitar army" approach that Page had successfully employed on "Stairway to Heaven," "The Song Remains the Same," and "Ten Years Gone" is the most distinctive feature of this song as well, which features dozens of guitar overlays. The rhythm of the song is very galloping and influential, without which Heart's "Barracuda," and Iron Maiden's entire oeuvre, could not have possibly existed. In particular, John Bonham's drum track is his most devastating ever, combining a breakneck pace with startling finesse. Plant's trip to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco was the impetus for the lyric "...where the mighty arms of Atlas hold the heavens from the earth...," but the song is probably vaguely autobiographical and not unlike Plant's common Zeppelin motif of the endless quest, an idea he employed almost as much as his more famous lemon–squeezing theme. "Achilles" was played on the 1977 North American Tour at an even faster clip than the record and seemed quite ramshackle and under–rehearsed on most nights as a result. ¤Δ¤ Tracks like this one are Led Zeppelin's true legacy, for they are influential yet never duplicated, much like the band itself. _____________________________________________________________
|Presence (Deluxe Edition)|