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Coda
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Consisting of unreleased leftovers put out to fulfill contract obligations after the band’s breakup, Coda should be purchased only after obtaining all of the band’s other original albums. That said, these songs are pretty damn good for a bunch of rejects, though my guess is that none of them would qualify for your Led Zeppelin mix tape. Considering that the album barely passes the 33-minute mark and consists of a mere eight songs, it would also be nice to see the three previously unavailable songs from the box set tacked onto a future reissue, which would give the band’s fans more bang for their buck while also boosting this album’s stock considerably.

However, as for what’s already here, their cover of B.B. King's We're Gonna Groove and their own Wearing And Tearing both rock hard and well, Walters Walk and Ozone Baby are garage rockers bashed out with plenty of energy and enthusiasm, and Darlene is a funky 1950s-styled rocker. Though none of the material here is first rate, it certainly is well played, and it’s good to hear Bonham pound away one last time. Bonham's showcase tune Bonzo’s Montreux is quite enjoyable, as is the Led Zeppelin III-styled folk rocker Poor Tom, though I Can’t Quit You Baby doesn’t seem completely necessary a second time around. Like I said before, this isn’t an essential Led Zeppelin release, but fans who already love this great band will be likely glad that they own it.
Statistics

Released:
Nov. 19, 1982 (US)
Nov. 22, 1982 (UK)
Jul. 31, 2015 (Reissue)


Chart Position:
#6 (US) #4 (UK)

Certified:
Gold: Feb. 7, 1983
Platinum: Feb. 7, 1983

Tracks

1. We're Gonna Groove
2. Poor Tom
3. I Can't Quit You Baby
4. Walter's Walk
5. Ozone Baby
6. Darlene
7. Bonzo's Montreux
8. Wearing And Tearing


DELUXE EDITION BONUS DISCS
1. We're Gonna Groove (Alternate Mix)
2. If It Keeps On Raining ("When The Levee Breaks") (Rough Mix)
3. Bonzo's Montreux (Mix Construction in Progress)
4. Baby Come On Home
5. Sugar Mama (Mix)
6. Poor Tom (Instrumental Mix)
7. Travelling Riverside Blues
8. Hey Hey What Can I Do

1. Four Hands ("Four Sticks") (Bombay Orchestra)
2. Friends (Bombay Orchestra)
3. St. Tristan's Sword (Rough Mix)
4. Desire ("The Wanton Song") (Rough Mix)
5. Bring It On Home (Rough Mix)
6. Walter's Walk (Rough Mix)
7. Everybody Makes It Through ("In The Light") (Rough Mix)
Quick Fact

The 34 photos that appear on the inside of the gatefold cover span Led Zeppelin's entire career, suggesting that this is a "Best Of" album without really saying so.
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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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