Kerrang! Radio's Jake Thomson recently spoke to Jimmy Page about LED ZEPPELIN's expanded three-disc version of the band's chart-topping 1975 double album, "Physical Graffiti". You can now watch the chat below.
"Physical Graffiti" sold around 40,248 copies in its first week of re-release to land at position No. 11 on The Billboard 200 chart. This marks a 6,875 percent increase in sales compared to the previous week's total of 577.
LED ZEPPELIN's expanded three-disc reissue of "Physical Graffiti" features seven previously unissued alternate tracks and outtakes — in addition to remastered versions of such ZEPPELIN classics as "Kashmir", "Trampled Under Foot", "Houses Of The Holy", "In My Time Of Dying", "Down By The Seaside", "Boogie With Stu" and "The Wonton Son", among others.
Page explained his pre-production creative process for working on tracks for what became LED ZEPPELIN's only double studio album. "I had the luxury of having a home studio, a multi-track studio at home," he said. "And we had a little bit of time off; so we weren't doing concerts, concerts, concerts — a bit of time off, so I was able to get in there and just really enjoy myself. Trying textures and overlays and various ideas. And one of the things that I had pre-getting to gather (with the band) at Headley (Grange) was the whole structure of 'Ten Years Years Gone' with all the… 'cause I wanted to get all the orchestrated guitar parts together, so that I didn't waste time when I was there. 'Cause I could hear 'em in my head and I just wanted to sort of lay 'em down so it would be much easier to sort of present it to the rest of the band as a piece 'cause it was gonna be quite long."
Regarding the album's die-cut cover, Page explained the idea was an extension from the wheel that first appeared on the cover of "Led Zeppelin III". "The reality of that was that you'd never actually see everything that was on the wheel," Page said. "I'm sure the record company sort of cursed the whole idea… It was a bit sort of mischievous saying, 'Right, let's try the same idea, but we're going to make it a bit more user-friendly so you can actually see everything that's on the inside.'"