Some of the most acclaimed classic rock albums of all time were recorded by Led Zeppelin. Still, when fans say their favorite Led Zeppelin album is one the band made during a rough period, Jimmy Page is shocked. He noted that this album is not even popular to some fans and critics. Here is a look at the album and what Page thinks of it.
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You’ll almost certainly find a Led Zeppelin album like Led Zeppelin IV, Houses of the Holy or Physical Graffiti by reading any list of the greatest albums of all time. One of the later albums of the party, Presence, achieved a more mixed reception. Mark Blake asked Page if Presence was his favorite Led Zeppelin album in an interview with Loudersound.
“I really like it a lot,”I really like it a lot. “It’s a bit of a musician’s album, though, isn’t it? So often I talk to people and they say Presence is their favorite album, and that always surprises me because you really have to listen to what’s going on.”
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Subsequently, Blake said the album was made under challenging conditions. “No,” admitted Page. “Robert had his accident [a car crash in August 1975 in Rhodes], so in the studio his leg was in plaster. So it was a series of circumstances that were not in the script. So Presence represents very well what was going on at the time – a lot of darkness and strength.
There are some extraordinary things on it: ‘Achilles Last Stand,’ from my point of view, but also ‘Tea For One,’ where Robert sings his heart out.
Jimmy Page on why he feels a lot of people don’t remember ‘Presence’ from Led Zeppelin
Presence, then, has chaotic foundations. Despite adversity, several great works of art are produced. So did “Presence” become the favorite album of a beloved fan? Certainly, some fans consider it the best work for the band. Blake, however, shared an embarrassing story in which the band played a track from the song, “For Your Life,” at a London gig and noticed that it was not known to any of the people in the crowd. Page said, looking horrified, “Some critics even wrote that it was a new song,” “But maybe that shows how popular Presence is in the grand scheme of things!”
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This poses an important question: did “Presence” in its initial release perform well commercially? On the Billboard 200, the album hit the top spot.
Other classic Led Zeppelin songs, such as Mothership, the self-titled album of the band, and Led Zeppelin IV, by contrast, did not chart as well.
The fact that certain individuals are not very familiar with the album, by Page’s own admission, indicates that initial success is no guarantee of longevity.
Obviously, Existence is not well known to some people, but other fans really like it and Page is really fond of it.