Album I can't live without: Physical Graffiti
The album I can't live without
The album that is a mainstay in my life is Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti.
It was released in 1975, when I was 10. At that time my music of choice was the latest Solid Gold Hits album. By 1978, however, through my older brother bringing home a tatty copy of Led Zep 3, my life changed forever. From those first blistering chords of Immigrant Song I was hooked.
I then set about collecting everything I could find on Zeppelin. The jewel in the catalogue surely has to be Physical Graffiti, as opposed to the multi-mega-selling Led Zep 4, which with Stairway to Heaven on it proceeded to sell like a No 1 single.
The thing that most attracts me to Physical Graffiti is the sheer diversity of the music within. Zeppelin had a wealth of material for the album and they also had some other great music left over from the four previous albums, which resulted in them releasing it as a double album.
From the building majesty of Kashmir, the jug band hoedown of Boogie with Stu, the Stevie Wonderish Trampled Underfoot, the otherworldliness of In the Light, the out and out stomper The Wanton Song, to the shimmering Ten Years Gone, this album had everything. It even had at that stage the most expensive album sleeve design with its interchangeable windows.
For me the album really shows that Zeppelin were far from being just another heavy rock band. Here was a band that wasn't short on imagination and could conjure up music which has yet to be surpassed. Witness to that, of course, is the reaction to their just-released Celebration Day DVD/CD, where they have proven yet again just how incredible an experience a live Zeppelin show can be.
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