The Epic 2017 Project #158: 170607
Led Zeppelin – Presence (1976)
I got my first copy of Presence from Julian Scobie. He’d bought it on release in on release in March 1976 but decided that the wasn’t that keen on the blues. Pity really because, essentially, that’s what Led Zeppelin was all about. But it suited me because I now had a mint copy of Led Zeppelin’s 7th for half the price I’d have paid in the shops
Perhaps because of the album’s heavy blues influence – side 2’s epic ‘Tea for One’ at just shy of ten minutes – or (and more likely) the band’s increasing notoriety, made it an immediate commercial success. It reached the top of both the British and American album charts, and achieved a triple-platinum certification in the United States, despite receiving mixed reviews from critics and being the slowest-selling studio album by the band (other than the outtake album Coda).
It was written and recorded during a tumultuous time in the band’s history, as singer Robert Plant was recuperating from serious injuries he had sustained the previous year in a car accident. Nevertheless, guitarist Jimmy Page describes Presence as the band’s “most important” album, proving they would continue and succeed despite their turmoil
And so they did.