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5.0 out of 5 stars Let's Put Zeppelin in Perspective., February 28, 2000
This review is from: In Through the Out Door (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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Initial post: Nov 5, 2006 8:16:44 AM PST
I couldn't agree more. Art (by its very nature) evolves along with society. Page's guitar work is masterful, no doubt. But music has evolved, and part of that evolution includes the advent of the synthesizer as a legitimate musical instrument. It has its place, every bit as much as the trumpet, piano or guitar. Just as with all instruments - the beauty of the sound is directly proportunate to the skill of the musician. You can have very good synthesizer or you can have crappy synthesizer.

To limit Led Zeppelin exculsively to Page's guitar (or to limit ANY group by abstaining from certain instruments) is to limit that group artistically; to limit its creativity.

That said, this is a decent & fresh "re-invention" of the rock 'n roll legend that is Led Zeppelin. It's extremely GOOD, but it's not predictible. It doesn't not sound like "everything else" that was done by Led Zeppeln. And who would want it to? To reiterate; "In Through The Outdoor" is fresh and new, but at the same time, it's got that Zeppelin edge that gets your feet start tapping.

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Posted on Apr 26, 2007 10:45:19 AM PDT
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S. D. Mason says:
I also agree. Although I don't think it's a five star album (more like four) it certainly isn't bad, and isn't so un-Zeppelin that you can't recognize that it's them. It's not un-Zeppelin the way that Badge was un-Cream. It's different, but we saw this coming as early as Physical Graffiti. "Custard Pie" was a very funk-driven groove, and synthesizers were dealt with heavily on "In the Light". And here, on "In Through the Out Door", we see that Zeppelin decided to adopt those standards more readily.

True, this is one of their weaker moments. Honestly, though, a weak moment by Zeppelin is still very strong. And think about this, the Doors took a risk making "The Soft Parade". Now that's an album that deserves to be criticized even though it harbors a few good tunes. But on this one the only one I really can complain about is "Hot Dog".

I believe the synthesizers and funk and latin influences strengthen this album. Personally, I think it's stronger than "Presence", which was very bland; it was totally divoid of anything other than guitar, drum, and bass, and Plant's vocals were very calm and very boring. All in all, "In..." is a very decent album by a very awesome band.

Posted on Sep 28, 2007 8:34:04 PM PDT
Anonymous says:
speaking of JPJ, i think he did a lot more than bring keyboards and synths into Zep... i think a lot of "signature licks" from the Led Zep classics had his hand very much involved, from what i've heard

Posted on Nov 23, 2007 4:13:03 AM PST
yerblues says:
i generally agree with the reviewer except that Yellow submarine is not a good example as it was written by McCartney (though sung by Ringo of course) - still im just being picky now...

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2008 6:28:18 PM PDT
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RegF says:
I agree that JPJ is the most under-rated of all of them. JPJ was a great bass / keyboard player and song writer. Even if PAGE & PLANT's huge egos wouldn't admit to that. NO QUARTER , is right. LED ZEP. was a great BAND of 4 players not just 3.

ITTOD , is an excellent album except for the song called HOT DOG. YUCK!!!

4 of my favourite LED ZEP songs are NO QUARTER [Houses Of The Holy] , SOUTH BOUND SAUREZ , CAROUSELAMBRA and I'M GOING TO CRAWL from ITTOD.

Posted on Feb 28, 2009 8:32:51 AM PST
Medusa says:
I love In Through The Out Door.

Posted on Jun 7, 2009 4:10:44 PM PDT
B. G. Ball says:
I love this album. My favorate songs are, "Hot dog," "In the evening," "Fool in the rain," and "All of my love." I also like "I'm gonna crawl," it's very bluesy. I enjoy the popish piano work on "Fool in the rain."

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2009 6:15:07 PM PST
B. G. Ball says:
Yes, I can understand that because I love the album myself. There is no song on this album I dislike. To be honest, I think some of their previous albums are a little overrated.

All I could say is the fact that this album deserves more recognition and respect. I mean think about it, bands get yelled at by critics about sticking to their guns (style) and they get attacked for going in a new, different direction. That's why I don't give a rats about what critics think because they can be hypocritical.

If you hate this album answer this question: "What would you have done if you were part of Led Zeppelin? Would you have disbanded after 'Presence?'"

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