LED ZEPPELIN Released Masterpiece ‘PHYSICAL GRAFFITI’ 45 Years Ago

24 February 2020

Today 45 years ago, on 24 February 1975 icons LED ZEPPELIN released their magnum opus ‘PHYSICAL GRAFFITI’. Their sixth album, a double album, probably their best ever.
It went straight to the top spot in both the UK and the US.

It was a multi-faceted work, covering multiple genres. Hard rock (‘Custard Pie’, ‘The Rover’, ‘The Wanton Song’, ‘Sick Again’, ‘Houses Of The Holy‘), eastern-influenced bombast (‘Kashmir’), progressive rock (‘In The Light’), rip-roaring funk ( ‘Boogie With Stu’, ‘Black Country Woman’) acoustic songs (‘Then Years Gone), a love ballad ( ‘Ten Years Gone‘), blues electricity (‘In My Time Of Dying‘), soft reverie (‘Down By The Side’) and country ripper (‘Night Flight‘). Top stuff!

AllMusic wrote: “Led Zeppelin returned from a nearly two-year hiatus in 1975 with the double-album ‘Physical Graffiti’, their most sprawling and ambitious work. ‘Physical Graffiti’ captures the whole experience of Led Zeppelin at the top of their game better than any of their other albums.” Full review here. Score: 5/5

Three highlights: Trampled Under Foot / Kashmir / Houses Of The Holy




Album in full…


5 Splendid Albums Turning 45 in 2020…

The best of the past

Here are 5 Splendid Albums, selected by
Turn Up The Volume, turning 45 in 2020!

1. ‘Tonight’s The Night‘ by NEIL YOUNG

Play here…

2. ‘Horses’ by PATTI SMITH


Play here…

3. ‘Blood On The Tracks‘ by BOB DYLAN

Play here…

4. ‘Physical Graffiti’ by LED ZEPPELIN

Play here…

5. ‘Fleetwood Mac’ by FLEETWOOD MAC

Play here…


LED ZEPPELIN Scored Their First US Hit Single With ‘A WHOLE LOTTA LOVE’ 50 Years Ago Today…

Knockouts from the past

6 December 2019

The classic LED ZEPPELIN track ‘WHOLE LOTTA LOVE’ was released as
a single almost everywhere in the world, except in the UK where the band
refused to issue singles throughout their career thinking it would help to sell
more albums. ‘Whole Lotta Love’ was their first hit in the US where it entered
the chart 50 years ago today, on 6 December 1969. it peaked at #4 and six
months later the rousing riff loaded knockout had sold over 1 million copies.



LED ZEPPELIN Topped The UK Album Charts With Double Live LP ‘THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME’ 43 Years Ago…

13 November 2019

‘THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME’ is the live soundtrack album of the concert film of the same name by rock icons LED ZEPPELIN. The double LP was released in September 1976 and hit the top spot of the charts on 13 November, 43 years ago. The filming took place during three concerts at New York‘s legendary Madison Square Garden, during the band’s 1973 tour of North-America. Reviews were mixed and later band members, especially Jimmy Page expressed his dissatisfaction with the quality of the recordings.

Here’s the remastered version


LED ZEPPELIN Played Their Last UK Concert 40 Years Ago In KNEBWORTH…

11 August 2019

This day 40 years ago, on 11 August 1979, heavy rock icons LED ZEPPELIN played their final concert (in the original line-up) on the grounds of Knebworth House near the village of Knebworth in the north of Hertfordshire, England . This was the second of two massive shows (the first a week earlier). The band had not played live for two years since the death of frontman Robert Plant‘s son during the band’s 1977 North American tour, and they had not performed in Great-Britain for four years. More than 150.000 people attended
the historic event.

Here are three highlights…





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Knockouts from the past

20 May 2019

Today 50 years ago, on 20 May 1969, rock icons LED ZEPPELIN started recording HEARTBREAKER. A rambling corker of their second album Led Zeppelin II released
in October 1969. It was the opening track of the 2nd side of the LP and features a truly special guitar riff by Jimmy Page described years later by virtuoso producer Rick Rubin
as “one of the greatest riffs in rock. It starts, and it’s like they don’t really know where the “one” is. Magical in its awkwardness.”

Although their no singles policy this cracker, like other ones before and after got a single release in other countries than their native one. The single sleeve (on top) and pic of the
7″ vinyl (below) is from an Italian pressing.

Now, let’s rock…

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LED ZEPPELIN – 16 April 1970 – ‘A WHOLE LOTTA LOVE’ Goes Gold…

Knockouts from the past

16 April 2019

The classic LED ZEPPELIN track ‘WHOLE LOTTA LOVE’, released as a single almost everywhere in the world, except in the UK was certified Gold in the US on 16 April 1970, 49 years ago today after selling over one million copies. The band’s record label Atlantic Records also wanted to launch this gigantic rocker in the UK as a single and had pressed initial copies for release on 5th December 1969. But giant (literally) band manager Peter Grant refused categorically. He wanted no exception regarding Zep’s no-singles policy for the British market (the reason for this strategy was to maximize album sales).

Anyway, here’s that towering ripsnorter with its king-sized riff…



LED ZEPPELIN Released Their Self-Titled Debut Longplayer 50 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

11 January 2019


Album: Self-titled debut also known as ‘Led Zeppelin 1

Released: 12 January 1969 – 50 years ago

ALL MUSIC wrote: “Led Zeppelin had a fully formed, distinctive sound from the outset, as
their eponymous debut illustrates. Taking the heavy, distorted electric blues of Jimi Hendrix,
Jeff Beck, and Cream to an extreme, Zeppelin created a majestic, powerful brand of guitar rock constructed around simple, memorable riffs and lumbering rhythms. But the key to the group’s attack was subtlety: it wasn’t just an onslaught of guitar noise, it was shaded and textured, filled with alternating dynamics and tempos. As Led Zeppelin proves, the group was capable of such multi-layered music from the start. Although the extended psychedelic blues of ‘Dazed and Confused’, ‘You Shook Me’ and ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby’ often gather the most attention, the remainder of the album is a better indication of what would come later. ‘Babe I’m Gonna Leave You’ shifts from folky verses to pummeling choruses, ‘Good Times Bad Times’ and ‘How Many More Times’ have groovy, bluesy shuffles. ‘Your Time Is Gonna Come’ is an anthemic hard rocker. ‘Black Mountain Side’ is pure English folk and ‘Communication Breakdown’ is a frenzied rocker with a nearly punkish attack. Although the album isn’t as varied as some of their later efforts, it nevertheless marked a significant turning point in the evolution of hard rock and heavy metal
.” – Score: 5/5

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: all Led Zep members were blues fan before they met. When Jimmy Page formed the band the foursome turned up the heat and the decibels and used elements of the original genre to create their own sonic vision of heavy blues rock. They were probably the most (in)famous, most legendary and most sexy band, on and off stage, of their loud generation.

Album in full..

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Happy 75 To JIMMY PAGE…

9 January 2019

James Patrick Page was born 75 years ago today – on 9 January 1944 – in Heston, Middlesex, England. He started his career as a successful session guitarist, then played with The Yardbirds from 1966 to 1968 and formed afterward LED ZEPPELIN, one of the most famous and influential rock bands of all time. The band broke up after the death
of their mammoth drummer John Bonham who passed away on 25 September 1980, only 32. Rolling Stone Magazine once described Jimmy Page as the pontiff of power riffing and ranked him number three in their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, behind two other legends Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. Let’s celebrate the icon’s 75 birthday with one of his dirtiest riffs ever. Here we go…

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