‘A’ IS FOR: Achilles Last Stand

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Led Zeppelin's "Presence" - released March 31, 1976 (Swan Song)

Led Zeppelin’s “Presence” – released March 31, 1976 (Swan Song)

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Though Presence is one of Led Zeppelin’s most overlooked albums, it contains one of the band’s most roaring anthems. “Achilles Last Stand” is ten and a half minutes of vintage, thunderous Bonham drumming paired with a Jimmy Page onslaught of Les Paul action — several layers I might add.

Page also has gone on record saying this is his favorite Led Zeppelin song. I believe him…the band played it at pretty much every show from 1977 on.

Robert Plant’s lyrics are said to be inspired by his travels in Morocco in late 1975. He specifically refers to Morocco’s Atlas Mountains in the line, “The mighty arms of Atlas hold the heavens from the Earth.”

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