After a three-year lapse between releases that was caused in part by the tragic death of Plant’s son Karac, Led Zeppelin’s final studio album was a significant departure from anything that had come before it. More than any other Zeppelin album this one belongs to John Paul Jones, who co-wrote all but one song, and gave the synthesizer/piano parts a major presence. The album begins with the eerie effects and powerful guitar swirl of In The Evening, which also contains a cocky Plant vocal that confidently told the punk pretenders (who had cropped up in the band’s absence and who were supposed to render older rockers such as Led Zeppelin irrelevant) who was still boss. South Bound Saurez is an upbeat piano rocker highlighted by Page’s guitar solo and some sunny “sha la la” harmonies, while the #21 (in US charts) single Fool In The Rain presented more catchy piano pop while also creatively making use of the studio.
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Hot Dog is a barrelhouse Texas rocker and the 10+ minute Carouselambra is rather low-key compared to past epics. It’s still a solid song with a bright synthesizer melody, but it definitely doesn't completely warrant its long running time. All Of My Love continues the album with a pretty, if somewhat schmaltzy, song that registers due to the band’s beautifully understated playing and Plant’s heartfelt vocals, while I’m Gonna Crawl enjoyably closes the album with a slow, confident blues performance, albeit one that still features modern synthesizers most prominently.
In short, this album was an enjoyable affair that saw the veteran band keeping pace with the snarling young punk upstarts by, ironically enough, toning things down. Yet Zeppelin’s slicker new sound was notably less powerful than on previous albums, and though the band was still very relevant they were no longer revelatory. Ironically, John Bonham’s death by asphyxiation and Led Zeppelin’s subsequent breakup prevented the band from hanging around past their prime, leaving an untarnished musical legacy.
Aug. 15, 1979 (US)
Aug. 20, 1979 (UK)
Jul. 31, 2015 (Reissue)
#1 (US) #1 (UK)
Gold: Jan. 7, 1980
Multi Platinum: 6x Nov. 25, 1999
1. In The Evening
2. South Bound Saurez
3. Fool In The Rain
4. Hot Dog
6. All My Love
7. I'm Gonna Crawl
DELUXE EDITION BONUS DISC
1. In The Evening (Rough Mix)
2. Southbound Piano ("South Bound Saurez") (Rough Mix)
3. Fool In The Rain (Rough Mix)
4. Hot Dog (Rough Mix)
5. The Epic ("Carouselambra") (Rough Mix)
6. The Hook ("All My Love") (Rough Mix)
7. Blot ("I'm Gonna Crawl") (Rough Mix)
All six of the album covers, both the front and back side, are of the same scene, but with a completely different perspective.
When released, the sleeve covers were prepared so that if exposed to warm water, their colors change.
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|April 24, 1969 - 2nd US Tour begins (1st as headliners) at the Fillmore West|
|April xx, 1970 - Robert comments about the violence in the audience near the end of the fifth tour|
|April 04, 1970 - Jimmy Page performs White Summer/Black Mountain Side on the Julie Felix BBC show|
|April 16, 1970 - Whole Lotta Love was certified Gold in the US after selling over a million copies. The single had peaked at No. 4 on the US singles chart. In the UK, Atlantic Records had expected to issue the edited version themselves, and pressed initial copies for release on December 5, 1969. However, band manager Peter Grant was adamant that the band maintain a "no-singles" approach to marketing their recorded music in the UK and he halted the release.|
|April xx, 1971 - Untitled is rumored to be released this month|
|April xx, 1972 - Recording sessions for Houses Of The Holy at Stargroves and Olympic studios|
|April xx, 1973 - Led Zeppelin rehearse their new stage show in preparation for their huge 1973 US Tour|
|April xx, 1974 - Swan Song concentrates its efforts on signing new acts|
|April xx, 1975 - Jimmy does some mixing at Electric Lady studios for TSRTS soundtrack|
|April 19, 1975 - 51,000 tickets sell in two hours for three nights at Earls Court, two added dates see another 34,000 tickets sold|
|April xx, 1976 - The band decide they will release their film to theaters|
|April 30, 1977 - Led Zeppelin breaks the record for the largest attendance for a single-act show in the Pontiac Silverdome with 76,229 in attendance|
|April xx, 1978 - The band hold a meeting, this time with Robert, to discuss Zeppelin’s future|
|April 03, 1979 - Page, Bonham and Plant jam with Bad Company again in Birmingham|
|April 27, 1980 - The band rehearses at Rainbow Theater for an upcoming European tour|
|April 26, 1988 - James Patrick Page III’s birthday. He is named after his father is the only son of Jimmy and Patricia Ecker. Jimmy spoke of his son saying: "He is wonderful. He has made a big difference to my life."|
|April 21, 1998 - Page and Plant released Walking Into Clarksdale.|