The 1975 double album ‘Physical Graffiti’ by classic rock legends Led Zeppelin was just reissued in expanded form this week. According to The Pulse of Radio, guitarist Jimmy Page said that the outtakes featured on that album helped define the beloved double album set.
In the band’s previous three albums – ‘Led Zeppelin III’, ‘Led Zeppelin IV’ and ‘House of the Holy’ – just under half the set was pulled. Page stated to The Pulse of Radio that all those orphan tracks found a home in the extra room in the ‘Physical Graffiti’ album.
Page if the inclusion of the outtakes were due to specific types of songs not being recorded during the “new” 1974 sessions for ‘Physical Graffiti’. “Well, there’s a number of contributing factors to it,” he said. “The first thing is, that what comprises, like, the ’74 recordings — 1974, I should say, [laughs] otherwise people might think there’s 74 tracks and there’s more to come! Um, but it was the second visit to Headley Grange. And on the first visit to Headley Grange, we’d come out with the material for the fourth album, for heaven sake. And there were three tracks left over; one of those was called “Boogie With Stu”, another one of those was “Night Flight”, and another was “Down By The Seaside”. If you think about it, none of those tracks could’ve substituted anything that wagon the fourth album. That was really, really compact. It was perfect, y’know what I mean? The whole pacing of what was on it, and everything — but nevertheless — those three tracks were really cool; they all had strong character to them. And there was also “Houses Of The Holy”, [which] is an important one, because “Houses Of The Holy” was kept back intentionally from the album ‘House Of The Holy’, to go on the next album — whatever album that may be. There was “The Rover”, there was the instrumental “Bron-Yr-Aur” — there was this, that, and the other. They were all these things that were actually strong character pieces that could well go into a double album.”
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