Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Physical Graffiti 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 9 Swan Song SSK 89400 [none]
Physical Graffiti 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 9 Swan Song SS 2-200 [none]
Physical Graffiti 2×CD 6 + 9 Swan Song 55XD-661/2 4988014336338
Physical Graffiti 2×CD 6 + 9 Swan Song 7567-90302-2 075679030221
Physical Graffiti 2×CD 6 + 9 Swan Song 32P2-2739~40 4988014727396
Physical Graffiti 2×CD 6 + 9 Swan Song A2-200 075679030221
Physical Graffiti (Remastered) 2×CD 6 + 9 Swan Song 92442-2 075679244222
Physical Graffiti 2×CD 6 + 9 Swan Song 7567924422 075679244222
Physical Graffiti 2×CD 6 + 9 Swan Song A2 92442 777499306028
Physical Graffiti 2×CD 6 + 9 Swan Song 7567-92442-2, 92442-2 075679244222
Physical Graffiti 2×CD 6 + 9 Swan Song SS 200-2 075679030221
Physical Graffiti (digital remaster) 2×CD 6 + 9 Swan Song WPCR-11616~7 4943674043996
Physical Graffiti (2005 Japanese remaster) 2×CD 6 + 9 Swan Song WPCR-13135, WPCR-13136 4943674055845
Physical Graffiti 2×Vinyl 6 + 9 Classic Records (audiophile reissues) SS2-200
Physical Graffiti 8×12" Vinyl 2 + 1 + 2 + 1 + 2 + 2 + 3 + 2 Classic Records (audiophile reissues), Swan Song RTH 3001-45, SS 2-200 [none]
Physical Graffiti (2008 Japanese remaster) 2×CD 6 + 9 Swan Song WPCR-13135, WPCR-13136 4943674083787
Physical Graffiti Digital Media 15 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint), Rhino Atlantic (digital releases only!) 603497906123
Physical Graffiti (限定Celebration Day Version) 2×CD 6 + 9 Swan Song WPCR-14848, WPCR-14849 4943674133550
Physical Graffiti (mastered for iTunes) Digital Media 15 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint), Rhino (reissue label) 603497926114
Physical Graffiti (3-CD 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) 3×CD 6 + 9 + 7 Swan Song 8122795794 081227957940
Physical Graffiti 2×CD 6 + 9 Swan Song R2-535339 [none]
Physical Graffiti (deluxe edition) 3×CD 6 + 9 + 7 Swan Song R2-544659 081227957940
Physical Graffiti (deluxe edition, mastered for iTunes) 3×Digital Media 6 + 9 + 7 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint), Swan Song 603497894314
Physical Graffiti (deluxe edition, 96kHz/24bit) Digital Media 22 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) 603497894321
Physical Graffiti 2×CD 6 + 9 Swan Song 8122795795, 8122-79579-5 081227957957
Physical Graffiti 2×CD 6 + 9 Swan Song CD 200 075679030221
Physical Graffiti 2×CD 6 + 9 BMG Direct Marketing, Inc., Swan Song D 212318, SS 200-2 [none]
Bootleg
Physical Graffiti (USL VT remastered reissue) 2×CD 6 + 9 KronStudioLab International KSLCD-012-LZ06, KSLCD-012-LZ07 [none]

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part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 73)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000190771 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/4392 [info]
Wikidata: Q210809 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/Led_Zeppelin:Physical_Graffiti_(1975) [info]
other databases: http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/22648 [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/led_zeppelin/physical_graffiti/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/2xrg [info]

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By 1975 no one was bigger or heavier than Zeppelin. America was punch drunk after the quadruple whammy of their first four albums, each supported by tours that went from scene-stealing support slots to stadium-filling three-hour marathons, almost overnight. Even the slightly below average (ie: one or two sub-par tracks) *Houses Of The Holy *(1973) hadn't dented their reputation one jot. The world, and its attendant pleasures, was theirs for the taking. At this point most modern bands would take 5 years off and forget each others' names. What did Robert, Jimmy, John Paul and Bonzo do? Produced a double album that some still hold to be their best of all time.

Admittedly, a fair amount of Physical Graffiti *was composed of offcuts and work-in-progress from their previous two albums (cf "Houses Of The Holy") though these were offcuts startling quality. But what really shines out is the sheer genre-defying eclecticism of it all. Far more than just a crowd-pummelling hard rock act with the world's beefiest rhythm section, these boys were able to do everything from folk (''Bron Y Aur'') and blues ("In My Time Of Dying") to country rock ("Down By The Seaside") and barrelhouse rock 'n' roll ("Boogie With Stu"). In fact *Graffiti serves pretty much as a primer of the band's entire oeuvre.

And amongst these flights of dexterity we get some of the band's best-loved numbers of all-time. "Trampled Underfoot", driven by Jones' stomping Fender Rhodes pulls off the remarkable trick of being both heavy AND funky as hell. "Custard Pie" and "The Rover" are monster axe workouts, and of course "Kashmir" is still a juggernaut of incredible power: a blend of east and west inspired by Page and Plant's mystical wanderings and underpinned by Bonham's legendary rumble, famously captured in all its ambient glory in the huge hallway of Headley Grange Manor. And it all came wrapped in one of those fabulously intricate die-cut sleeves that make all people of a certain age long for a return to the glory days of vinyl.

Nick Kent's review in the NME casually mentioned that by this point Zep could seemingly turn this stuff out in their sleep. He was right. Six years of touring and recording had honed them into an unstoppable force, but tragedy lay in wait around the corner in the form of death, drug abuse and changing tastes. But *Physical Graffiti * remains a towering monument to the glory of Zeppelin in their high-flying heyday.