In Through The Out Door

November 13, 2007 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 15, 1979
  • Release Date: November 13, 2007
  • Label: Atlantic Records
  • Copyright: 1979 Swan Song Inc.
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  • Total Length: 42:24
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  • ASIN: B0011Z1BSS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (398 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #850 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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321 of 347 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on February 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Let's put Led Zeppelin in perspective: They had 8 full length studio albums before disintegrating. They ARE one of the best bands of all time, like the Beatles before them, Led Zeppelin will always spark interest in music fans. YES, Led Zeppelin 4, Houses of the Holy, Physical Graffitti and Presence probably caught Zeppelin in their prime. All eight albums have their pluses and minuses, and yet, In Through The Out Door is always criticized the most. Like U2, R.E.M. and Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin had to change. Robert Plant just lost a child, disco was bigger than rock, and punk's angry cries were more deafening than any Zeppelin record. The complaint of synthesizers is understandable since Zeppelin is mostly known for Page's guitar wizardry, but In Through The Out Door is Zeppelin's Achtung, Baby, or Out of Time or Permanent Vacation--it's a rebirth of sorts. I certainly think that non-fans should check this out if they don't like Led Zeppelin for it has the hits "Fool in the Rain" and "All My Love." If the Beatles only relied on John and Paul then we'd have no Here Comes The Sun or Yellow Submarine. John Paul Jones's influence gave Zeppelin more credit. It wasn't just Page, Plant and Bonham. I know I'll get heat for defending In Through The Out Door, but it is a great record, just not like Zeppelin's others.
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73 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Paul Carruthers on January 10, 2006
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One of the biggest reasons for my initially buying this particular Zeppelin album owed much to curiosity; as in curiosity as to why so many Zep fans--nevermind the critics--seemed to trash it so much. Having been previously inundated with Zeppelin I, II and the almighty fourth album, this was indeed "different". But the thing I came to appreciate about Zeppelin over time was how 'different' a lot of their latter days output was and how their musical style progressed over the course of eight studio albums.

"The Brown Bomber" (Zeppelin II) and "Zoso" are great records, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be as big a LZ fan as I am now if every single album sounded like them, or if Plant & company felt they needed to endlessly recycle the riff from "Whole Lotta Love" to keep their "true fans" happy and never try to expand beyond nicking old blues numbers.

For one thing, the much carped about use of synthesizers featured on "In Through the Out Door" never once bothered me; it wasn't like Zeppelin never used them on a song before ("No Quarter" anyone?); having Jones back on the keyboards/piano for this one makes for a refreshing variety amongst all the tracks, an ingredient that was sorely lacking from "Presence".

I'll just finish this by simply stating that ITTOD is by no means an album to be ashamed of. For me personally, it's at the very top of the list along with "Houses of the Holy" and "Zoso". Times change and so do many truly great musicians over the course of their careers; Led Zeppelin was no different.
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65 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Interplanetary Funksmanship on June 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I was 14 when this album came out and turned the grooves to dust within a few months by ceaselessly playing it on a cheap Soundesign turntable. Then I got in on 8-track. In 1983, I bought the casette (newly installed in my car), and in 1998, I finally broke down and got it on CD. When you buy an album *four* times, you know it's a keeper.
This is a fitting denouement for the Greatest Rock Band Ever, though I wish John Bonham drank a little less and lived a little longer. His touch is all over these songs. His genius was that he made the drum riffs sound easy. It's deceptive -- you try some of those bits while never dropping the on-tempo beat from the high-hat.
"In Through the Out Door" also showcases John Paul Jones' layering-on of the keyboard and synthesizer parts over his driving bass. My favourite is his upbeat boogie-woogie piano on "South Bound Suarez."
Robert Plant still had most of his voice when this was recorded, and it really comes out best on this remastered CD version. The album's opening tune, "In the Evening," sends the listener back not to 1979 (when this record was released), but to 1973. The sound and leitmotifs are right out of "Houses of the Holy" songs "The Ocean" and "Dancing Days." Jimmy Page's guitar solo is quintessential Pagey; There's no guitarist who can touch him. Hendrix, Clapton, Nugent, Van Halen, they come close, but you listen to Page, scratch your head and ask "how'd he do that?"
"Fool in the Rain" is the best song on this record. It's a song only Zeppelin could do: Part Reggae, part meringue, part Carnaval in Rio, laid over with Page's Steely Dan-like solo, it's still all Zeppelin. Plant's voice soars on this one.
"Hot Dog": Country Western, sure. Rockabilly, yeah. What I really hear is Plant's tribute to Elvis.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John H. Rasmussen II on October 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Let me preface this review by saying that I go WAY back with Led Zeppelin, having purchased all of their albums from "Led Zeppelin IV" through "Coda" right off the rack. (Yeah....being a teenager in the 70s was as great as the youngsters of today imagine it was: Zeppelin, the Stones, KISS, Bowie, Alice Cooper, Funkadelic, etc, etc......aahhhhhh, what a time for music!) Anyway, I do feel it's necessary to point out that I'm writing this review relative to buying the album as a NEW product, doing my best to steer clear of the hindsight of history.

Into my 4th decade as a LedHed, I'll go out on a limb here and say that this is perhaps MY FAVORITE Led Zeppelin album, a neck-and-neck photo-finish with "Physical Graffiti". This recording has been often (and unfairly) criticized as "watered-down" Led Zeppelin, relying too heavily on the direction of John Paul Jones. Jonesy's contributions are indeed at the essence of the sound of the album, but I don't hear that as a bad thing or that it somehow makes this "something less" of a Led Zeppelin album. As other reviewers have noted, this was definitely a time of transition for the band, personally & musically. They had matured into men in their 30s and the music scene dominance had shifted to disco & pop, with New Wave (and, to a lesser degree in America, punk) smashing at the gates, desperate to enter into new territory. My opinion is that the music of this album was not a self-conscious change of direction for the band....it was simply a fresh change dictated by their personal environments, which included hearing new sounds on their radios and turntables. Maturity (not to mention 'tragedy', and in Led Zeppelin's case, particularly Plant's) has a way of ushering in change.
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