7 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Cut in 18 days as Robert Plant recovered from a serious car accident — he was forced to sing from a wheelchair — Presence is the most underappreciated of Led albums but nonetheless shows that even a rushed Zep could turn in convincingly soaring (“Achilles Last Stand”), thumping (“Nobody’s Fault But Mine”) and playful (“Royal Orleans”) stuff. Jimmy Page’s guitar solos, especially on the opening “Achilles,” are among his most urgent and driven, while Robert Plant appears more angst-ridden than he would until his solo days. Presence is ultimately proof that the most minor Led Zeppelin album could go head to head with many other bands’ most important ones.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

Cut in 18 days as Robert Plant recovered from a serious car accident — he was forced to sing from a wheelchair — Presence is the most underappreciated of Led albums but nonetheless shows that even a rushed Zep could turn in convincingly soaring (“Achilles Last Stand”), thumping (“Nobody’s Fault But Mine”) and playful (“Royal Orleans”) stuff. Jimmy Page’s guitar solos, especially on the opening “Achilles,” are among his most urgent and driven, while Robert Plant appears more angst-ridden than he would until his solo days. Presence is ultimately proof that the most minor Led Zeppelin album could go head to head with many other bands’ most important ones.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
152 Ratings

152 Ratings

Prideful Terrier ,

Led Zep's finest

Yes, it is. Due to time constraints, multiple stressors, etc.- Presence forced the band into hard focus and the result is probably the most accurate encapsulation of the Zeppelin aesthetic. Page always claimed that his salient strength was the layering of guitars, and that's on display in wild abundance here. One of my favorite things about him as a producer/guitarist is that he kept the takes raw- didn't patch in to polish up a bum note or muted tone here and there- so the guitars always sound ferociously human and visceral. The accomplishment of this band in literally incalcuable. But to hear the fire and fuel that ran this machine- start here.

K.M. Young ,

Zeppelin's Most Underrated Masterpiece

"Achilles Last Stand" alone warrants buying this album: it is furiously urgent and majestically sublime, Zeppelin's greatest song. I believe even Jimmy Page has called this song his favorite. The other songs, including "Nobody's Fault," "Royal Orleans," and "Tea for One," are no slouches either. Other Zeppelin albums have more radio friendly hits, all of which I love, but this album is an under-appreciated giant.

DoctorEpic465 ,

Very Underrated

Every song on here deserves to be heard. I always get mad that you never hear songs from this album on the radio except maybe Nobody's Fault. Each song is a masterpiece, buy this album and support it, you won't regret it. LZ Forever...

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