Physical Graffiti Deluxe Edition Arrives Exactly 40 Years After Debut, Produced And Newly Remastered By Jimmy Page, With Previously Unreleased Companion Audio
Multiple CD, Vinyl, And Digital Formats, Including Limited Edition Super Deluxe Boxed Set, Now Available
The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign continues in 2015, turning the spotlight on the double album Physical Graffiti. The deluxe edition of the group’s sixth studio album arrives 40 years to the day after the original debuted on February 24, 1975. As with the previous deluxe editions, Physical Graffiti has been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and is accompanied by a disc of companion audio comprising previously unreleased music related to the original release.
There are likely comparatively few music fans who think of Mike Rutherford for his work as the founder of Mike + The Mechanics over his efforts as a member of Genesis, but – believe it or not – Rutherford has had the same number of chart-topping hits in the U.S. with both groups: one. Oh, sure, Genesis may have had far more hit singles overall, but they only hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 once, and that was with “Invisible Touch” in 1986, while Mike + The Mechanics ascended to the top spot with “The Living Years” in 1989.
We mention this for three reasons: 1) to remind you that Mr. Rutherford’s side project was pretty formidable in the charts back in the day, 2) to have an excuse to mention that we just reissued Mike + The Mechanics’ Living Years album in a deluxe edition with a bonus disc, and 3) to make sure you’re aware that Mr. Rutherford and his Mechanics are just about to hit the road for their first American tour in many moons. (Grab your tickets here.) In advance of this much-anticipated jaunt, Rutherford hopped on the phone with Rhino, kindly giving us first crack at him on a day before beginning a big day of proper interviews.
Tomorrow morning at 11AM PT/2PM ET, Yahoo Live will stream the 40th Anniversary Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti Deluxe Edition Premiere. This exclusive event will feature the worldwide debut of the complete, previously unreleased companion audio from the upcoming deluxe edition of Led Zeppelin’s seminal double album Physical Graffiti. It will be followed by a live Q&A with guitarist and album producer Jimmy Page in front of a live audience at Olympic Studios in London, the same studio where portions of the album were originally recorded over 40 years ago.
The Genesis reissue campaign soldiers on, this time with the band’s studio output during the half-decade between 1976 and 1981, all of which you can now hear individually with the remastering that was done for the Genesis catalog back in 2007. The 1976-1981 era was a transitional period for Genesis on a couple of different occasions, but the music that emerged within those years helped take a prog-heavy gang of musicians and turn them into proper pop/rock heroes. Now, whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is all down to individual opinion, but we know for a fact that all of these albums have their fans, which means that we also know that you’re going to love how they sound.
Nowadays, all the kids love Phoenix: thanks to the success of their singles “1901” and “Lisztomania,” their 2009 album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix went gold in the US, and their fanbase was such that the 2013 follow-up Bankrupt! provided the band with their first top-five album. What sometimes gets lost in the shuffle, however, is that the band’s big commercial breakthrough was actually their fourth album.
If this is news to you and is a revelation that makes you want to dig a little deeper into the origins of Phoenix, well, now’s the perfect time, because we’ve just reissued the band’s 2000 debut, United, on 180-gram vinyl for your listening enjoyment.