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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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March 21, 1969 - Zeppelin’s debut TV appearance on "How It Is"
March 25, 1969 - Filming session for the Supershow
March xx, 1970 - The band turns down many TV offers worth large sums
March 05, 1971 - Led Zeppelin started a 12-date "Thank You" tour for British fans, appearing at the clubs from their early days and charging the same admission prices as in 1968. The first show was at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California and Rock And Roll.
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March 25, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finally release Houses of the Holy after production issues with the album cover
March 28, 1973 - Led Zeppelin released Houses Of The Holy in the UK. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed "houses of the holy". Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.
March xx, 1974 - The band decide to release a double album due to the amount of left over studio material
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March 31, 1976 - Presence is released
March 28, 1977 - Zeppelin arrive in Dallas, Texas to rehearse before opening the eleventh tour of the US
March xx, 1978 - Robert and John spend some time hanging around the Midlands
March 26, 1979 - Robert takes lead vocal at a Bad Company gig in Birmingham
March 04, 1980 - John Bonham makes a TV appearance on "Alright Now" with Bill Connolly
March 26, 2006 - Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
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