Label: Swan Song - SS 8416 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Australia • Genre: Rock • Style: Hard Rock, Classic Rock
While the album was a commercial success, reaching the top of both the British and American album charts, and achieving a triple-platinum certification in the United States, it received mixed reviews from critics and was the lowest-selling studio album by the band while they were still active.
The album was written and recorded in the last months ofduring a difficult time in the band's history. Singer Robert Plant was recuperating from serious injuries he had sustained earlier that year in a car accident; this led to tours being cancelled and the band booking studio time to record Presence instead.
The entire album was completed in a few weeks, with guitarist and producer Jimmy Page putting in several long shifts to complete recording and mixing. The title came from the strong presence the group felt as they worked together.
The album's artwork from Hipgnosis For Your Life - Led Zeppelin - Presence several photographs centred round a mysterious black object, called "The Object". Presence is dominated by compositions by Page and Plant, with only one track credited to the entire group; unlike other Zeppelin albums, it features no keyboards and little acoustic guitar.
Because Plant was still recuperating, the band could not tour to capitalise on the album's release, and only two tracks, including ten-minute opener " Achilles Last Stand ", were performed live. However, the album has been re-appraised in retrospective reviews for its hard rock dynamics and simplicity compared to the group's other work.
After touring in support of their previous album, Physical Graffiti released in earlyLed Zeppelin took a brief break from touring that summer, intending to start a major US tour on 23 August. Critics had said they were at the height of their popularity at this time. Lycantrophy - Various - Message From The Other Side Vol. 2, singer Robert Plant sustained serious injuries from a car accident on the Greek island of Rhodes on 4 August,  which forced the band to cancel the tour and reschedule their activities.
Because of their status as tax exilesPlant was forced to recuperate abroad, initially in Jersey in the Channel Islandsthen in Malibu, Californiaand wrote several sets of lyrics that reflected on his personal situation and wondering about the future. Guitarist Jimmy Page joined him in Malibu in September and the pair began to think about plans to make an album instead.
Once they had worked out arrangements, the group were eager to record. Page favoured going to Musicland Studios in MunichGermany, which he felt had state-of-the-art recording facilities. The rushed recording sessions were in part a result of Led Zeppelin having booked the studio immediately prior to the Rolling Stoneswho were shortly to record songs for their album Black For Your Life - Led Zeppelin - Presence Blue released, like Presence Tempestad - Pitti* - Camaleón, in the spring of Page negotiated with the Stones to borrow two days from their recording session time, during which he completed all the guitar overdubs in one lengthy session.
Page later stated he worked around 18—20 hours every day during the sessions. The recording sessions for Presence were also particularly challenging for Plant.
The studio was in a basement of an old hotel, and the singer felt claustrophobic. He also experienced physical difficulties as a result of his car accident, and missed his family.
He later said he was upset about Page and manager Peter Grant booking the Presence sessions and began to re-evaluate the priorities in his life. The album was completed on the day before Thanksgiving. Plant suggested to the record company the album should be called Thanksgiving. This idea was quickly dropped, in favour of a title that was thought would represent the powerful force and presence that the band members felt surrounded the group. Six of the seven songs on the album are Page and Plant compositions; the remaining song, "Royal Portugal.
The Man - Church Mouth, is credited to all four band members. This is because the majority of the songs were formulated at Malibu, where Page but not Bonham and Jones had initially joined a recuperating Plant. With Plant at less than full fitness, Page took responsibility for the album's completion, and his playing dominates the album's tracks. Both Page and Plant had planned this album's recording session as a return to hard rock, much like their debut album, except at a new level of complexity.
It marked a change in the Led Zeppelin sound towards more straightforward, For Your Life - Led Zeppelin - Presence jams. Whereas their previous albums up to and including the previous year's Physical Graffiti contain electric hard rock anthems balanced with acoustic ballads and intricate arrangements, Presence was seen to include The Violet Hour - The Night Eternal - Textures Of Twilight simplified riffs, and is Led Zeppelin's only studio album that features no keyboards,  and with the exception of a rhythm track on " Candy Store Rock ", no acoustic guitar.
Page later said the music came from this spontaneity. The ten-minute opening song, " Achilles Last Stand ", was first recorded on 12 November, when the basic backing track was laid down.
Jones played an Alembic 8 string bass on the track, giving it a distinctive tone. Page played a Fender Stratocaster on the track, the first time he had used that guitar model for recording with the band.
It was the only track on the album credited to the entire band. Plant played harmonica Exacto - Fyrce Muons - Yellow Me (File) the song, and wrote the lyrics based on an old Blind Willie Johnson blues For Your Life - Led Zeppelin - Presence called " It's Nobody's Fault but Mine ", first recorded in and covered by Nina Simone in In contrast to earlier albums that contained several tracks that the band chose to play live at Led Zeppelin concertsonly two tracks from Presence were played in full on stage while the band was active.
The cover and inside sleeve, created by Hipgnosis with George Hardiefeatures images of people interacting with a black obelisk -shaped object. Inside the sleeve, the item is referred to simply as "The Object". It was intended to represent Zeppelin's "force and presence". The background in the For Your Life - Led Zeppelin - Presence photograph is an artificial marina, installed in London's Earl's Court arena for the annual Boat Show, in the winter of — The band played a series of concerts at this venue in Maya few months after the boat show.
The inner sleeve photographs came from various archive stock pictures, and was designed to resemble a feature in National Geographic. The album was released on 31 March having been delayed by the completion of the album sleeve. It entered at No. In a contemporary review for Rolling StoneStephen Davis said Presence established Led Zeppelin as the premier heavy metal act and featured some exceptional rock music, highlighting the "clean and purifying" guitar riffs.
In spite of a few dull blues rock songs, the album was "another monster in what by now is a continuing tradition of battles won by this band of survivors", in Davis' opinion.
Neil McCormick of The Daily Telegraph claimed it was "Zeppelin at their most blunted", awarding it two stars out of five.
According to Dave Lewis, "The direct, hard-hitting nature of the seven recordings failed to connect with a fan base more accustomed to the diversity and experimental edge of their previous work.
The reissue comes in six formats, including CD, vinyl and digital download. The reissue was released with an altered colour version of the original album's artwork as the bonus disc's cover. The reissue received generally positive reviews. At Metacriticwhich assigns a normalized rating out of to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 77, based on eight reviews. All tracks are written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plantexcept where noted . Taken from the sleeve notes.
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