It’s not often you hear people deem a triple platinum album a ‘disappointment’, but alas if any Led Zeppelin album was susceptible to that kind of scrutiny, it was most definitely “Presence”.
Released 40 years ago, this album was not without its share of misfortune. For one, much of it was written while Zep were forced off the road following Robert Plant’s serious car accident in which his wife nearly died. In fact, he recorded his vocals while recouping from a broken ankle sustained in the wreck.
Definitely a return to their heavier sound, a somewhat tormented record was made all the more so in part due to Page’s increasing heroin use and the unexpected death of Plant’s five-year-old son Karac during their 1977 tour.
They understandably cancelled the remainder of the jaunt, but not before setting a Guinness record for attendance at a live show at the time when over 76,000 attended their Silverdome gig in April of 1977.
This is hands down my favorite tune off ‘Presence’