The Epic 2017 Project #157: 170606
Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti (1975)
I purchased my first (and of course still owned) copy of Physical Graffiti in the week of its release (February 1975) from Virgin Records in North Street, Brighton. I was going on 16, had grown my hair out long and breathed music like it was my lifeblood. I couldn’t get enough of it, listening at every opportunity, devouring Radio Luxembourg every evening and buying whenever pocket month savings allowed.
Physical Graffiti was the band’s first double album and the first on February their newly founded imprint label Swan Song Records. The band wrote and recorded eight new songs for the album at Headley Grange, which stretched the total time of the record beyond the typical length of a single LP, so they decided to make Physical Graffiti a double album by including unreleased tracks from earlier recording sessions: one outtake from Led Zeppelin III, three from Led Zeppelin IV, and three from Houses of the Holy, including the unused title track from the latter album.
Physical Graffiti was commercially and critically successful upon its release and debuted at number one on album charts in both the US and the UK. The album was later certified 16x platinum in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2006, signifying shipments of over eight million copies
Custard Pie remains in my top three Led Zeppelin tracks (along with ‘In my time of dying’ and ‘Four Sticks’).