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Led Zeppelin – Presence (1976) {Deluxe Edition 2015} [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Led Zeppelin – Presence (1976) {Deluxe Edition 2015}
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:16:17 minutes | 1,72 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: 7Digital | © Atlantic Records

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. Presence have been remastered for 2015 by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by companion audio comprised of previously unreleased music related to the original release. 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).

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. 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.

CD1 #01 – Achilles Last Stand
CD1 #02 – For Your Life
CD1 #03 – Royal Orleans
CD1 #04 – Nobody’s Fault But Mine
CD1 #05 – Candy Store Rock
CD1 #06 – Hots On For Nowhere
CD1 #07 – Tea For One

CD2 #01 – Two Ones Are Won (Achilles Last Stand) (Reference Mix)
CD2 #02 – For Your Life (Reference Mix)
CD2 #03 – 10 Ribs & All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod) (Reference Mix)
CD2 #04 – Royal Orleans (Reference Mix)
CD2 #05 – Hots On For Nowhere (Reference Mix)


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