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Led Zeppelin - Presence (1976)

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  1. PinkFreud

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    Achilles Last Stand
    For Your Life
    Royal Orleans
    Nobody's Fault But Mine
    Candy Store Rock
    Hots On For Nowhere
    Tea For One

    For the longest time, I had my doubts about Led Zeppelin's album "Presence". I initially judged it on how many easily recognizable songs were in its track listing, without taking the time to really listen to them all. But as I did some research into the songs, I realized that it really wasn't half bad, and that maybe I had misjudged the album entirely.
    The album features numerous great tracks, many of which most non-hardcore fans of Led Zeppelin wouldn't even recognize. The only one I had heard of before looking into "Presence" was Achilles Last Stand, which I wasn't really too fond of at the time. But when I got the album, I discovered the greatness that this song held. It was something different from what I was used to in Led Zeppelin's repertoire: fast-paced, driving beats featuring heavy use of the bass guitar. I often hear from fans of the band that Achilles Last Stand is one of their favorites, but I found a song at the end of the very same album that I enjoyed more: Tea For One.
    Tea For One reminded me so much of Since I've Been Loving You (from "Led Zeppelin III"), with it's softer, more mellow sound and the somber electric guitar. One of the best things about these two songs in particular is that, in addition to being so great, they are also long, giving you more to enjoy and appreciate (Achilles Last Stand is over 10 minutes long, and Tea For One is over 9).
    But let's not forget the middle portion of this album. Candy Store Rock was sorta funky, in my opinion, and seemed like another subtly dirty song (akin to Houses of the Holy and Trampled Under Foot from "Physical Graffiti").
    And how about Nobody's Fault But Mine? When they break into that great jam midway through the song? Fantastic! The harmonica combined with the rockin' guitar and Bonham's eccentric and lively drumming, it's impossible not to love.
    Then there's the ominous song For Your Life, a hard rock song about the dangers of excessive cocaine use, particularly in the music industry. I really felt the highlight of this song was Plant's vocals. Very soulful and passionate. Seeing as how there wasn't much for solos, his singing shone through much more. It was classic Plant at its best.

    Overall, while still one of my least favorite Zeppelin albums (kinda hard to top greats like "Led Zeppelin I" and "Physical Graffiti"), it proved to be a much better album than I initially expected. It did prove to me that the foursome could still be creative and rock hard even in their later years.

    Score: 8.5/10
    My rank among Led Zeppelin's discography: #7/9 (ahead of ITTOD and Coda, if the latter counts)
     
  2. Džedaj

    Džedaj Groovy as hell.

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    Re: Album Review: Led Zeppelin's "Presence"

    It's good album. Not awesome and brilliant as first 6 albums, but good follower. "Hots On For Nowhere", "Achilles Last Stand", "Tea For One" and "For Your Life" are great tracks. Led Zeppelin just can't make bad album.
     
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    Re: Album Review: Led Zeppelin's "Presence"

    I agree with Dz, Led Zepp never a bad album until Coda, I wasn't especially thrilled with Coda. Achilles Last Stand would be my fave off this album :tup:


    Nice Review, BTW, PF :clap:
     
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    Re: Album Review: Led Zeppelin's "Presence"

    Yeppers Achilles Last Stand is my fave off Presence as well. I would go one step further and say that In Through The Out Door was not that good either, but at least it was a proper album, Coda was just thrown together with bits and pieces and it shows.

    Even an average Zeppelin album is a good one, and I like Presence.

    Nicely done Pink Freud.:cheers2
     
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    Re: Album Review: Led Zeppelin's "Presence"

    Thanks Magic and LG :D I agree with you Dzedaj, Zep can't possibly make a bad album. It defies all laws of nature!
     
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    Re: Album Review: Led Zeppelin's "Presence"

    They could have just released Achilles and it would have fulfilled the time requirement and greatness for any album. In my opinion the rest of the album is just average at best.

    6/10
     
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    Re: Album Review: Led Zeppelin's "Presence"

    Sure they can. III and Presence both fit that bill. Not "bad" compared to a billion other bad albums put out by countless artists over the years, but "bad" by the standards set forth in I, II, IV, HotH and PG. Maybe 2 decent songs on each III and Presence, the rest of which is quite "meh".

    But to each his own. Enjoyable writeup just the same.
     
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    Re: Album Review: Led Zeppelin's "Presence"

    Led Zep III is awesome, havent heard Presense yet but Ive so far yet to hear a bad Led Zep album either.
     
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    Re: Album Review: Led Zeppelin's "Presence"

    Achilles Last Stand is the obvious stand out here but I always felt Nobody's Fault But Mine was sadly overlooked on this album...
     
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    Re: Album Review: Led Zeppelin's "Presence"

    Great review! I have the first 6 albums so I should probably give this album another chance......
     

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