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Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti Deluxe Edition

Album Review

Rock legends' tour de force celebrates its 40th anniversary

As Led Zeppelin wrapped up their 1973 US tour, cracks had begun rippling through the band’s foundation.

In view of their Machiavellian campaign over the past four years, this was not entirely surprising. Consider that Led Zeppelin released their first five albums – all platinum sellers – and toured the States nine spine-crumbling times between 1969 and 1973. Sure, they were the biggest band on the planet, but the costs of their aspirations were now playing out in the deadening emotional fatigue that inexorably follows such heroic touring. Moreover, the proggy gyrations and obtuse lyricism of their fifth album, Houses Of The Holy, had confounded many fans and fuelled the scorn of petty critics all too ready to write off the band’s posturing as pseudo-cerebral cock rock.

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