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In Through The Out Door

In Through The Out Door
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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.

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.

Statistics

Released:
Aug. 15, 1979 (US)
Aug. 20, 1979 (UK)
Jul. 31, 2015 (Reissue)

Chart Position:
#1 (US) #1 (UK)

Certified:
Gold: Jan. 7, 1980
Multi Platinum: 6x Nov. 25, 1999

Tracks

1. In The Evening
2. South Bound Saurez
3. Fool In The Rain
4. Hot Dog
5. Carouselambra
6. All My Love
7. I'm Gonna Crawl

,br /> 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)
Quick Fact

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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December 16, 1968 - Zep plays Bath Pavilion for a mere £75.
December 26, 1968 - First American concert at the Coliseum in Denver, CO
December xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are reported to have sold 5 million dollars worth of albums in the US
December 11, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are presented gold and platinum discs for their first two albums
December xx, 1970 - The band enters Island Studios to begin work on the fourth album
December xx, 1971 - The band plays a few low-key shows back in England
December 23, 1972 - The band break for Christmas holiday after a London gig
December xx, 1973 - John Paul Jones works on studio productions for Madeline Bell
December xx, 1973 - Joe Massot films Jimmy Page’s fantasy sequence at Loch Ness
December 19, 1974 - John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page jam with Bad Company at the Rainbow Theater
December 10, 1975 - Led Zeppelin play a 45-minute show with Norman Hale at Behan’s in Jersey
December xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin rehearses for the 1977 tour
December 25, 1976 - It’s announced that Plant and Bonham will reunite with the Band of Joy for three shows in the new year
December xx, 1977 - The band minus Robert gather to discuss Led Zeppelin’s future plans
December xx, 1978 - The new album is completed quickly at Polar Studios and mixed at Jimmy’s Plumpton Studio
December xx, 1979 - John Bonham considers joining Paul McCartney’s Wings
December 29, 1979 - The band minus Jimmy Page attend the Paul McCartney And Wings Kampuchea befefit show
December 04, 1980 - Led Zeppelin issue the following statement not to carry on as a band: "We wish it to be known, that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the deep sense of harmony felt by ourselves and our manager have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were."
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