Presence

Label
Atlantic Records
Release date
9 Nov 2007
Running length
7 tracks
Running time
44:27

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Achilles Last Stand 10:22 284,289
2 For Your Life 6:21 154,837
3 Royal Orleans 2:58 141,952
4 Nobody's Fault But Mine 6:28 266,945
5 Candy Store Rock 4:08 141,632
6 Hots On For Nowhere 4:43 126,245
7 Tea For One 9:27 128,449

About this album

Presence is the seventh studio album by English rock band Led Zeppelin, released by Swan Song Records on 31 March 1976. The album was written and recorded during a tumultuous time in the band’s history, as Robert Plant was recuperating from serious injuries he had sustained in a recent car accident. The album received mixed reviews from critics, and is one of the lowest sellers in the band’s catalogue. It was Led Zeppelin’s second album to be composed of completely original material, after Houses of the Holy.

This album was conceived after singer Robert Plant sustained serious injuries from a car accident on the Greek island of Rhodes on 5 August 1975, which forced the band to cancel a proposed world tour which was due to commence on 23 August 1975. At this point, Led Zeppelin were arguably at the height of their popularity. Plant recalled:

I was lying there in some pain trying to get cockroaches off the bed and the guy next to me, this drunken soldier, started singing “The Ocean” from Houses of the Holy.

The cover and inside sleeve of this album, created by Hipgnosis, features various images of people interacting with a black obelisk-shaped object. Inside the album sleeve, the item is referred to simply as “The Object”. It was intended to represent the “force and presence” of Led Zeppelin. In the liner notes of the first Led Zeppelin boxed set, Jimmy Page explained:

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  • nlventura93

    Amazing album!!!

    11 Mar 10:28am Reply
  • eric_montana

    One of their finest moments, and was very important for the future of heavy metal at the time.

    7 Feb 5:01pm Reply
  • Excrono

    @MisterJunior: The average classic rock listener refuses to acknowledge anything exists outside of the realm of top 40 rock hits that are played on their favorite station while they work their mindless blue collar jobs. Deep cuts are just out of their musical comfort zone entirely because they don't associate them with any "special" childhood or high school memories. Which is the only reason they listen to what they do. Because their adult life is hollow and empty and the only thing they can hold on to memories of the past. So it is not true musical enjoyment and appreciation. If I have offended anyone by this statement, then I'm sorry. I just get so frustrated with these people (mainly from the baby boomer generation) that I feel the only thing I can do to make them understand is beat them senselessly over the head with it.

    31 Jan 5:31am Reply
  • soundofblacktea

    One of the most beautiful moments of rock music at 4:02

    12 Nov 2013 Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Never have understood why this record gets trashed. There are at least three classic tunes on here and nothing bad. If the average classic rock radio listener knew it existed "Nobody's Fault but Mine" would be in heavy rotation.

    10 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Rezzo64

    One of the most underrated albums of all time. I'm serious.

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • DrSlump7

    Their best. Genius album!

    1 Jul 2013 Reply
  • DJ_SERIC

    Visionary album!

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
  • FearCrusher

    @To me, the only difference between this album and the first 6 are that I don't here these songs played on the classic rock radio station every day. @ Thats so true, it's another masterpice, maybe not as great as their number albums, but it's still a great hard rock album.

    26 Feb 2013 Reply
  • silknot

    Subestimado ao extremo. É verdade que nesse álbum o Led Zeppelin abandonou um pouco o experimentalismo que marcara os seus álbuns anteriores, mas não deixa de ser genial por conta disso - e nem por conta de nada. É genial, ponto. Uma pegada mais direta de hard rock, sem grande parte do tom climático característico da banda. É, portanto, abaixo do padrão da banda - o que não compromete a sua genialidade.

    4 Jan 2013 Reply
  • RosesOfTomorrow

    This is underrated and truly awesome.

    23 Nov 2012 Reply
  • GXoX

    First and the last tracks are truly masterpieces. (2)

    17 Nov 2012 Reply
  • FerdinandCoool

    Holy fuck. It's amazing how this grows with time.

    14 Oct 2012 Reply
  • BHolladay

    To me, the only difference between this album and the first 6 are that I don't here these songs played on the classic rock radio station every day.

    5 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Gertrex

    It's Led Zeppelin, sounds good!!! nuff ced!!! [2]

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
  • iron345

    Up there with Zep 3 as my fave. The main solo on Achilles blows me away every time I hear it and Tea for One is just sublime.

    11 Aug 2012 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    It's Led Zeppelin, sounds good!!! nuff ced!!!

    16 May 2012 Reply
  • Mii85

    Still my fav LZ album. :)

    8 May 2012 Reply
  • somercet

    Their best album. "Royal Orleans" isn't that interesting, but this is so different from all their other stuff it really stands out.

    29 Apr 2012 Reply
  • ColourblindKid

    definitely underrated - the only weak track imo is candy store rock, compared to LZII, which really didn't connect with me at all apart from wwl, lemon song, moby dick and bring it on home

    31 Jan 2012 Reply
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