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Led Zeppelin - Trampled Under Foot

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Posted on November 24, 2022 at 23:36:54
Goober58
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Led Zeppelin - Trampled Under Foot from Physical Grafitti. 1975

This is Zeppelin's only 2 LP studio effort. IMO LZ's first 5 albums are pure perfection. Not this one - side 3 contains my least favorite LZ song "In The Light", a song that starts nowhere, goes no where and ends no where. Worse than that the other 3 songs on that side aren't very good. Side 4 is better but nothing like sides 1 & 2 which may the best single disk ever from this band. Trampled Under Foot comes after Houses of the Holy and Before Kashmir. Kashmir is a great track, one often the favorite Zeppelin song by many Zep fans. I kind of think it's the weakest song on the first disk. I've seen many videos of Zeppelin in concert and never saw them myself but IMO they were clearly a band that produced great records but were hit in miss when seen live (based on Zeppelin fans I know who did see them live).

Got into listening to Physical Graffiti after playing In Through The Out Door an album that I appreciate more today than when it was first released. It's aged very well with time and I now consider it a first class effort and a perfect complement to the records that came before it.

The first record on Physical Graffiti is one of my favorite records ever - just like the first 5 LZ records and maybe the best of them. Hard to complain about the 2nd disk where there are 4 or 5 good songs but it would IMO be the worst Zeppelin record had it been released on it's own.

It's been awhile since I've seen a LZ post around here so let's get the Led out.








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I love LZ, posted on November 25, 2022 at 02:42:47
JDK
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My parents bought me a cassette of LZ1 when I was 12.
That was my first proper rock album.
Oops.

Looking back at those albums now, maybe Physical Graffiti was the first one where they didn't have anybody sue them for plagiarism ;-)

Presence is the weakest for sure.
In Through The Out Door does hold up amazingly well.

LZ1 thru IV are more or less perfect.
I rate PG higher than HOTH.

Many LZ songs mark special warm and fuzzy places in my memory banks,

Black Dog is one, because at that time in high school our next door neighbours were musicians and Black Dog intrigued them with its timing changes and out of tuniness.
It sounds far less odd today than it did to my poor suffering LZ blasted neighbours back in the mid 70's ;-)








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Funny how that works., posted on November 25, 2022 at 07:55:48
Goober58
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My first exposure to LZ came with LZ IV through friends of mine and I kept up with the band from that point. Presence was the first album that was purely mine - ie. I bought it first and played it all the time from the day it was purchased. It's a great LP and my main memories LZ disk - but you're right it's the weakest LZ LP but it's still a good record.

For me it's hard to decide which of the first 6 is best. I'd have a hard time calling it Physical Graffiti because of record 2 - maybe if I just consider disk one.

 

RE: Funny how that works., posted on November 25, 2022 at 11:12:53
JDK
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I played Presence aĺot as well.
And it was satisfying, but I rarely ever even think about playing it these days, or for the last 20 years.

Ultimately it didn't bring anything really memorable to the LZ anthology.

It's hard to be objective when so many years of memories are wrapped up in each one, but even the most average LZ album (if there could ever be one!) has almost zero filler tracks.

Sadly I was a few years too young to get to see them live. Being in Oz makes that stuff tricky - they only toured once - in 1972.

Brilliant film here from our Australian Broadcasting Company - At the Sydney Cricket Ground. This would have been the era to see them. Before the violin bows and sound effects.









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I felt that way about LZIII..., posted on November 25, 2022 at 15:44:09
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Mine, my own money, a WHOLE LP! (previously could afford a few 45's here and there).

PLUS, that bitchin' COVER!!!!!!

Typical 13 YO boy, LZ was My Favorite Rock Band.

Saw them live in 1973 (Kezar Stadium)!

Presence is their best sounding LP and... a pretty great blues outing.

Hardly listen to them anymore, but whan I do, Way Out West does it.



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