Best Zepp Album!
By Street Dreams
For my money this is their best work among many. From start to finish. Shows the depths and variety of their song structures and variety.
Nothing else to be said.... Awesome,awesome,awesome!!!
Could be better.
You need to release more live stuff and the guitar sound in kashmir is terrible sounding it sounds a lot better live, i would rather listen to a live version recorded in the 70's than this because it sounds so much better.
Reviewing Alternate Versions + explanation of Kashmir!
I'm only going to review the alternate versions that were released in the remastered version of "Physical Graffiti."
1. In My Time of Dying (Initial/Rough Mix): 6/10; This version is alright. The things that sticks out is the bass guitar. The guitar was lowered and the echo effect on the guitar was removed. The bass guitar and vocals of Robert Plant were focused on. You can hear Robert clearing his voice at sometimes which kind of ruins it for me. Plus some guitar overdubs are removed.
2. Houses of the Holy (Rough Mix with Overdubs) 8/10; The first thing you'll hear the guitar sounds different. It sounds lower and a little bit more grittier. The vocals of Roberts voice is raised but some of his vocal parts are removed. It wouldn't be such a big thing but Jimmy ended them poorly. You still can hear Robert then goes quiet. The cow bell is louder and the vocal overdubs with Robert and Jimmy are raised. This is a pretty could version.
3. Brandy & Coke (Trampled Under Foot) [Initial/Rough Mix]: 10/10; This song is mostly focused on Robert's vocals and John Paul Jones piano. Robert's voice sounds beautiful. You can hear what he says clearly. There are no overdubs with the guitar which I think is a big plus. Exceptionally on the piano solo. On the original version of "Trampled Under Foot", the guitar overdubs ruined the solo because they were so loud. Now you can hear why this song is funky. This could be one of the best song on this list. My foot is always tapping after the solo and my head is moving up and down.
4. Driving Through Kashmir (Kashmir Rough Orchestra Mix): 1/10; Oh Jimmy. What did you do here? It's just the original track. Apparently there's more orchestra but it sounds like the original "Kashmir." But... This is for digital. On vinyl the guitar on the original Kashmir is brought out way more that the digital. So the original Kashmir on digital is Driving through Kashmir if that makes any sense. Driving Through Kashmir is the original kashmir on digital.
5. Everybody Makes It Through (In The Light) [Early Version/In Transit]: 8/10; This sounds pretty cool. Not as creepy and atmospheric as the original but it's interesting to hear a song in it's early stages. The guitar doesn't have the creepy guitar effect as the original and the piece starts off with a little solo by John Paul Jones. Not like the original. This song is interesting.
6. Boogie With Stu (Sunset Sound Mix): 6/10; As much as I love this song the only thing that sounds different is the mandolin at the beginning. The vocals are a little quieter and with slightly added lyrics. I guess the main point of this song is to bring out the mandolin. You can usually hear it in the background more often than the original version. Even though Jimmy didn't really add that much, this song is still toe tapping fun! Still love this song.
7. Sick Again (Early Version): 10/10; God this song it catchy. I never knew that the guitar was so catchy. In this version there are no vocals. Just guitar, drums, and I don't know if bass was changed, but the song has a really catchy riff.
By Omega 18
Why make it deluxe edition unless there is new (unreleased or live material)
A waist of time and money. Hope the last three are better
Why are there so many complaints about the companion disc? Have you not listened to
Sick Again (Early Version)? It is like an acid trip through your ears. It is an instrumental. The new
Brandy and Coke improved the song greatly.
Best remaster so far!
I have listened this album since my school days in the 70's and bought this new remastered edition on disc last night. Playing it on my Mac through a DAC into Bose headphones I heard just how great this album truly is and heard things I either couldn't hear before or weren't clear enough. I was not planning on buying what was a lost count of this same album again but I'm glad I did now. I will probably buy all the remastered albums again as they really sound that good.
8 new songs?????
In the explanation of this album it says there are "8 new songs of unusual complexity".....huh???? Am I just dumb or does this not make too much sense.
Arguably the greatest album of the greatest rock band of all time.
Superb remastering here.
(The bonus tracks, unfortunately, are not of great interest. Most sound extremely similar to the official release tracks.)
This is one of my favorite Zep albums... I'm glad its remastered it sounds killer. Stop crying about bonus material, how many times will you listen to that over the album itself? Maybe someday they'll come out with live material, but until then enjoy the album. This is worth the money.