Down By The Sea­side

Phys­i­cal Graf­fiti, 1975

Classic Rock - - Led Zeppelin -

Ade­light­ful track that took four years to fi­nally make it onto a Zep­pelin al­bum, and an­other of­ten cited now as a good ex­am­ple of how dif­fer­ent the band was from their heavy rock con­tem­po­raries. Be­gun back in 1970 dur­ing Jimmy and Robert’s fate­ful visit to Bron-YrAur, later pol­ished into stu­dio ex­cel­lence dur­ing the mak­ing of Zep IV, and when, fi­nally made avail­able in 1975, re­garded as a nod to the mel­low coun­try-tinged blues of Neil Young, Down By The Sea­side is as wel­come as its ti­tle sug­gests. What gave it added zest was the un­ex­pected was Page and Bon­ham, in tan­dem, push­ing the ar­range­ment along, un­til it up­scales from the slow to fast and then back again. Play­ful and cool… MW

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