In Through the Out Door CD
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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, July 31, 2015
Vinyl, Original recording remastered, July 31, 2015
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"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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This is a replacement for the album I wore out many years ago.Published 1 month ago by Susan Hopkins
A great CD at a great price and great service. I would buy from this seller again. Thank'sPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A bit different than before, more experimenting. John Paul Jones did more writing here, Page even isn't credited on one song! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael A. Nelson
I'm a little suspicious of the so-called "rough mixes" on disc 2. Remember how it was discovered that Robbie Robertson et al tampered with the "basement tapes",... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert Wright
Let's put all the nonsense about this being their worst album or even close to an average offering to rest. It's not. This is an amazing effort and the band at its most eclectic. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Not impressed
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