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Presence (Remastered Original Vinyl) Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, July 31, 2015
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Presence, In Through The Out Door, and Coda 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.
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.
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).
Presence is available in the following formats:
Single CD Remastered original album. Presence will be packaged in a gatefold card wallet.
Deluxe Edition (2CD) Remastered album, plus a second disc of unreleased companion audio.
Single LP Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP s first pressing in exacting detail.
Deluxe Edition Vinyl Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
Digital Download Remastered album and companion audio will both be available.
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
I may not be objective because this came out when I was in high school, knee deep in the 70's. It's better today than it was almost 4 decades ago.
Presence was always inaccessible to me for some intangible reason and I rarely played it. I had read interviews with Page years later where he was bemused that no one liked Presence, as he personally liked it.
Following the recent 30th anniversary of the release of Presence, there were a number of music magazine articles I read saying the usual deal about what an under rated & over looked album Presence was.
Being a big fan of Led Zeppelin (especially Page's guitar playing & production) and given they aren't making any new Zeppelin albums, I decided I should "study" Presence more closely.
After revisting it and living with it for a few weeks I realised that a number of the filler tracks were quite good and Tea for One was a hidden gem of blues/rock guitar playing - a kind of latter day Since I've Been Loving You. I also came to the conclusion that the tracks were badly sequenced on the album contributing to its inaccessibility.
My solution has been to notionally resequence Presence, as below, and I personally play the album in that order. It's become a completely different (new!) album to me and I have unlocked the sequence of its success!
4. Nobody's Fault But Mine
6. Hots On For Nowhere
7. Tea For One
3. Royal Orleans
2. For Your Life
5. Candy Store Rock
1. Achilles Last Stand
What they do is take a back to basics approach, performing as a band with guitars, bass, drums and Plant's vocals. No acoustic guitars or keyboards, just hard rocking Led Zeppelin. While this is effective, there is a noticeable lack of the dynamics of earlier releases and the eclectic variety that made Led Zeppelin be able to pull off a hard rock tune with mandolins.
The two key tracks on Presence are "Achilles Last Stand" and "Nobody's Fault But Mine."
"Achilles" has a galloping triplet bassline, some of Bonham's best drumming, and layers of Page guitar lines. It's an epic cross of "Immigrant Song" and "Song Remains the Song."
"Nobody's Fault But Mine" begins with a classic Page guitar lick, drenched in effects and gradually building in volume, then mimicked by Plant's vocals. The bass/drum rhythms are tricky here, with lots of stop/start mechanics. Plant's performance is memorable, with such gems as "m-m-m-monkey on my back" or "no-no-no-no-no-nooooo...nobody's fault but mine" plus the return of the harmonica.
"For Your Life" is okay, but kind of a castoff from Physical Graffiti. "Royal Orleans" has some cool funk rhythms. "Candy Store Rock" was a single issue from this release, but I don't think it stands up against their other, more superior work.
"Tea For One" closes things out with a return to the blues.
Some may have thought that Led Zeppelin was burned out, but they would make an excellent return with "In Through the Out Door" followed by their greatest band tragedy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
No other song like it...ever.
the rest of the album is more refined than anything previously from Zep