My conclusion is Led Zeppelin Presence my #1

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Scott Sheagren, Nov 10, 2018.

  1. Barnabas Collins

    Barnabas Collins Forum Resident

    Is that the "la la la la la la" song? :hurl:
  2. 131east23

    131east23 Person of Interest

    When I was coming of age, starting to notice the big guns of rock, Presence was new and on the shelves. I get sentimental about it and the live album as they were the first things I owned by the band.
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  3. Scott Sheagren

    Scott Sheagren I’m a Metal,Rock,Jazz Fusion,Gaga type of guy. Thread Starter

    HELL YEAH!add for your life and candy store rock,royal orleans you have the greatest Zepp album!
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  4. Scott Sheagren

    Scott Sheagren I’m a Metal,Rock,Jazz Fusion,Gaga type of guy. Thread Starter

    Way better then you shook me or hats off to Roy harper:wiggle:
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  5. Mike McMann

    Mike McMann Forum Resident

    Presence is always my go to album when I want to hear some Led Zeppelin.
    Still is where I start with them.
    Such an intriguing, strange and raw sounding Zeppelin album. I love it.
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  6. Pines Brook

    Pines Brook That sums up Squatter for me

    New York, NY
    I love Presence. But I also like ITTOD...I don't think the material is quite as strong as the earlier records, but I still find these records very *interesting*, sometimes even more so.
  7. old45s

    old45s MP3 FREE ZONE

    I bought this album just for the track "Nobody's Fault But Mine" however over a period of time all the other songs grew on me.
  8. Snow2

    Snow2 Forum Resident

    Long Eaton
    The only constructive criticism I have of this excellent record is I miss the fact it doesn't have at least one acoustic song of the nature of a:

    That's the Way, Tangerine, Over the Hills and Faraway etc

    Always thought the band were very strong at varying pace and temp and the album would have benefitted from one (IMHO)

    Still bloody great album of course!
  9. BillyMacQ

    BillyMacQ Forum Resident

    Brooklyn, NY
    Presence is a special album for me because it was the "new" album that came out when I was first becoming a fan.
    I can remember Scott Muni previewing tracks from it on WNEW 102.7 FM radio here in New York.
    Pretty sure NFBM was the first track I heard. Loved the intro, the stop/start rhythm section syncopation, Robert's harmonica solo - the whole thing.
    Achilles was another early fave. The rest grew on me over time. Today I think it's all great and perfectly captures a tense moment in time for the band.
    Lyrically, it's Robert's finest hour, too. Achilles is a travelogue, FYL a blistering commentary on the LA scene, Royal Orleans a funny story, HOFN a snapshot of how Robert felt about the band at the time, and TFO a classic lament about being away from the one you love (or the sister of the one you truly love?).
    All that said, I don't think it ranks up near the top of their studio albums. Maybe for audiophiles, absolutely - it sounds great. Have rock drums ever been recorded better?
    Personally, I put IV at the tippy top followed by PG and LZ I. Zep IV gets the nod from me because it sounds like eight different bands recording eight different genres in eight different studios with equal aplomb. And now that I've used "aplomb" in a sentence, I'll head over to the "pretentious" thread.
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  10. Trace

    Trace Senior Member

    Washington State
    Yes, it's my favorite, too.
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  11. I don't listen to any Zeppelin but about once every couple years or so, and FWIW, Presence is probably my favorite Zep album. If only because it's the one that doesn't have anything that's been played to death on the radio (even though I haven't listen to radio that played Led Zeppelin for over 20 years).

    Any more, I spin Robert Plant's first four (4) solo albums WAY more than I do any Zeppelin. Maybe once every 18 months, I'll spin all my Plant solo albums (those first 4, plus the one 2CD comp of his I have).

    Zeppelin, hardly ever -- but when I do, Presence is my go-to album. Not sure what that says about them, or me -- but there it is.
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  12. stax o' wax

    stax o' wax Forum Resident

    The West
    Damn fine album.
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  13. California Couple

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    Newport Beach
    Presence bores me. The only thing I like about this album is the name. The cover is okay, in that weird kind of sci-fi 1950's way.

    But the songs sound like they are all missing something. They seem unfinished. I cannot put my finger on it. The lead guitar work does not sizzle or there are no effects or something. The sound has no flair for me, it is all mid range, or something.

    The first 30 seconds and last 30 seconds of Stand are the best parts of the album to me. The song just never seems to peak. I like For No One a little bit, though it never seems to peak either. Maybe that is it, there are no peaks on this album, it all just kinds of rolls along.

    Royal and Candy I do not even remember. If it wasn't for you guys talking about the la la's I would not even remember Hots. I think Hots sounds like the cover, sort of fifties but real heavy. Fault I hate and Tea sounds like a rehash of Since I've Been Loving You, which is not one of my favs.

    So there you have it. Nothing as bad as All Of My Love or Hot Dog, but still their worst album to me.

    I still do not own this album, but when I read about it I want to hear it again. So I go to Youtube and listen but do not get into it enough to buy it.

    Suppose it is time to listen to it again.
  14. Rufus rag

    Rufus rag Forum Resident

    Could never get into it; even Archilles Last Stand is just a repetitive riff that goes nowhere
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  15. ohnothimagen

    ohnothimagen I don't suffer fools or trolls gladly...

    Same here- like I said, Presence has always been my favourite Zeppelin album, I'd like it just as much if it was an album made by Joe and the Shmoes. I am just about completely burned out on all things Zep these days, but I can always make time for Presence. Many, many memories (good and bad) in my life intertwined with that about "soundtracks to yer life".
  16. Mike Reynolds

    Mike Reynolds Forum Resident

    Interesting take. Ironically, that's how I feel about their Houses Of The Holy album.
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  17. California Couple

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    Newport Beach
    Maybe what I do not like is that Presence is missing the light/heavy dichotomy of ‘Houses of the Holy’.
  18. Coricama

    Coricama Classic Rocker

    Marietta, GA
    I agree, Presence and Physical Graffiti are peak Zeppelin.
  19. Duke Fame

    Duke Fame Forum Resident

    Tampa, FL
    Yeah, same here. But that's coming from a guy whose favorite Zep album is "In Through The Out Door", so take that however you will :)

    Even though I like quite a bit of both, I think that Presence and PG are albums from a band that was getting a bit stale. ITTOD in comparison is fresh and a new direction. I really wish Bonzo had been able to keep himself together. I would've loved to see where Zep went from ITTOD.
  20. California Couple

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    Newport Beach
    Even though Hot Dog is the worst song, I still think Out Door is slightly better because of the first three songs, all being better to me than anything on Presence.

    Hearing Hots again, I actually liked it, though, like the rest of the album, it still sounds like a demo version. Like the lead solo was not finished.

    After listening to both albums today, my rankings would be like this:

    1. In The Evening
    2. South Bound Suarez
    3. Fool In The Rain
    4. Hots On For Nowhere
    5. Achilles Last Stand
    6. Carouselambra
    7. For Your Life
    8. Candy Store Rock
    9. Royal Orleans
    10. Nobody’s Fault But Mine
    11. I’m Gonna Crawl
    12. Tea For One
    13. All Of My Love
    14. Hot Dog

    What would your rankings be?
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  21. Duke Fame

    Duke Fame Forum Resident

    Tampa, FL
    Hmm...I'll go with:

    1. In The Evening
    2. All Of My Love
    3. South Bound Suarez
    4. Fool In The Rain
    5. Tea For One
    6. I’m Gonna Crawl
    7. Achilles Last Stand
    8. Carouselambra
    9. For Your Life
    10. Nobody’s Fault But Mine
    11. Hots On For Nowhere
    12. Candy Store Rock
    13. Hot Dog
    14. Royal Orleans
    The first 6 and last 4 are firm. The 4 in the middle I could go either way with.
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  22. I think their catalog is uniformly great, but I go... in no particular order within the levels

    Level I:
    Houses Of The Holy
    Physical Graffiti

    Level II:

    Level III:
    In Through The Out Door

    Level IV:
  23. Mr-Beagle

    Mr-Beagle Forum Resident

    London, 'nuff said
    The cover makes me nauseous!
  24. Mike Reynolds

    Mike Reynolds Forum Resident

    Oh, well... if we're now ranking the songs from the Presence and Out House Door albums together in one list from best to worst here's my list:

    Pr -- Achilles Last Stand
    In -- Carouselambra
    In -- In The Evening
    Pr -- Nobody's Fault But Mine
    Pr -- Royal Orleans
    Pr -- Candy Store Rock
    Pr -- For Your Life
    Pr -- Tea For One
    Pr -- Hots On For Nowhere




    In -- I'm Gonna Crawl
    In -- Fool In The Rain
    In -- South Bound Suarez
    In -- All My Love
    In -- Hot Dog
  25. jrnyfn

    jrnyfn Forum Resident

    Phoenix, AZ, USA
    Love this album. Most of it is unlike any other in the canon. Also I like that it doesn't have anything acoustic on it (not because I don't enjoy the acoustic offerings).
    For me it's a mood album. When I'm in a particular Zeppelin mood this is the album I put on the turntable.
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