Led Zeppelin ‎– Presence

Swan Song ‎– SSK 59402
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold

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A1 Achilles Last Stand
A2 For Your Life
A3 Royal Orleans
Written-By – John Bonham, John Paul Jones
B1 Nobody's Fault But Mine
B2 Candy Store Rock
B3 Hots On For Nowhere
B4 Tea For One

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This release has no title or band name on the cover. This was originally (When released) factory-sealed with a sticker on the cover with the band name and album title.
The Sleeve is Not Embossed
"Made in UK" on labels.
Recorded and mixed at Musicland Studios, Munich, West Germany
Printed And Made In England On Inner Sleeve
An example of The embossed sleeve.
The spine on first pressings only is in a darker black, subsequent pressings are in a slightly lighter black/grey.
Subsequent pressings had the title printed in grey and no raised lettering.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Stamped): SSK-59402-A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Written): W-10
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Written, Variation): W-6
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Stamped): SSK-59402-B1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Stamped): SSK-59402-A2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Stamped): SSK-59402-B2

Other Versions (5 of 233) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SSK 59402 Led Zeppelin Presence(LP, Album, Emb) Swan Song SSK 59402 UK 1976 Sell This Version
W 859402 Led Zeppelin Presence(8-Trk, Album) Swan Song W 859402 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
SS 8416 Led Zeppelin Presence(LP, Album) Swan Song SS 8416 US 1976 Sell This Version
CSS 8416 Led Zeppelin Presence(Cass, Album) Swan Song CSS 8416 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
SS 8416 Led Zeppelin Presence(LP, Album, Club) Swan Song SS 8416 US 1976 Sell This Version


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September 7, 2017

My least favourite; a bit of a background music release. Damaged sleeve but record clear with v little crackle.


November 10, 2015
The cover picture was taken at a London boat show indoors!


September 10, 2015
Hi, I am not sure wether the very first UK issues of presence have an embossed sleeve or just a sticker with the title on as shown above, as i heard elsewhere that the first sleeves with the stickers were German. I used to have an issue with with an embossed gatefold sleeve, with the ssk 59402 a1/b1 stamped matrices. I thought it was an original issue but now i'm not so sure. I'm thinking of replacing it because it's a great album, but really I'd like to get an original UK first pressing. If anyone could point me in the right direction that would be great, Thanks.


October 25, 2013
edited over 4 years ago
A Blast. With their own "Swan Song Records Label" Led Zeppelin simply bring their awesome sound to levels of psychic bliss.


February 17, 2013
No comments toward the music on this album yet?, allow me to be the first. This album is undoubtedly overlooked and underrated in comparison to Zeppelin's other works, in my opinion. Mainly, I review here upon two very significant tracks, Nobody's fault but mine and Achilles last stand. Firstly, Nobody's fault was such a breath of fresh air in so many ways because it is a rare moment in which a rock band has been able to rise above the growing trend most successful "hard" rock bands had to battle with in the mid 70's which was the necessity to broaden both musically and commercially in appeal. This was done by recording conceptual or, in a sense, "rock opera" influenced tracks which Zeppelin was doing on most of the previous 2 albums. Sample tracks like Song remains the same, Dyer maker, trampled under foot or Kashmir to understand my statement.
In recording Nobodys fault they were able to again produce a sound which is original to their roots and quite possibly was the last time they featured great Hard rockin' guitar riffs successfully.
As for Achilles last stand, this track will never be considered thier "greatest" nor will it go down as the most popular or commercially successful. With that being said, it is significant because it featured a formula and style which would be used by Cliff Burton and Metallica just a few years later, although i'm not sure if there was any direct influence. Many would argue that the extreme length of hard rock tracks isnt good for the attention span of the listener, as is witnessed with many early Metallica fans cries that their tracks were starting to bore them. In my opinion, however, I feel like tracks like Creeping Death, Call of Ktulu and Master of Puppets were proof that a rock band could sustain enough high level energy and also contain a set of complex transitions throughout an extended period without sounding repetitive or worn out. They were done in a way which, after a multitude of hearings, allows the listener to journey into areas that only classical pieces of music would venture to, almost taking us into a trance-like state.
Achilles was the blueprint for this style along with most of the stuff Rush had released by the 80's. Sadly, in todays age, there is nothing remotely close to what Rush, Zeppelin or Metallica was attempting to produce which is a true sign of our synthetic reality, in which short attention spans dominate the audience which music artists are producing for these days.


August 6, 2010
The black obelisk in the jacket images supposedly represents the powerful force and presence that surrounded Led Zeppelin. The jacket's designer (Hipgnosis) created a series of ten prints (taken right out of 1950s Life magazines), mostly involving conservative-looking families, interrupted by the “presence” in the form of the black obelisk called The Object. Swan Song actually copyrighted The Object in 1976. The promotion for the album centered around it; Swan Song sent out a limited edition of 1,000 three-dimensional models of it. Today those originals routinely sell for over $1,000.