In Through The Out Door
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After a three-year lapse between releases that were caused in part by the tragic death of Plant’s son Karac, Led Zeppelin’s final studio album was a significant departure from anything that had come before it. More than any other Zeppelin album this one belongs to John Paul Jones, who co-wrote all but one song and gave the synthesizer/piano parts a major presence. The album begins with the eerie effects and powerful guitar swirl of In The Evening, which also contains a cocky Plant vocal that confidently told the punk pretenders (who had cropped up in the band’s absence and who were supposed to render older rockers such as Led Zeppelin irrelevant) who was still boss. South Bound Saurez is an upbeat piano rocker highlighted by Page’s guitar solo and some sunny “Sha la la” harmonies, while the #21 (in US charts) single Fool In The Rain presented more catchy piano pop while also creatively making use of the studio.

Hot Dog is a barrelhouse Texas rocker and the 10+ minute Carouselambra is rather low-key compared to past epics. It’s still a solid song with a bright synthesizer melody, but it definitely doesn't completely warrant its long running time. All Of My Love continues the album with a pretty, if somewhat schmaltzy, song that registers due to the band’s beautifully understated playing and Plant’s heartfelt vocals, while I’m Gonna Crawl enjoyably closes the album with a slow, confident blues performance, albeit one that still features modern synthesizers most prominently.

In short, this album was an enjoyable affair that saw the veteran band keeping pace with the snarling young punk upstarts by, ironically enough, toning things down. Yet Zeppelin’s slicker new sound was notably less powerful than on previous albums, and though the band was still very relevant they were no longer revelatory. Ironically, John Bonham’s death by asphyxiation and Led Zeppelin’s subsequent breakup prevented the band from hanging around past their prime, leaving an untarnished musical legacy.

Statistics

Released:
Aug. 15, 1979 (US)
Aug. 20, 1979 (UK)
Jul. 31, 2015 (Reissue)

Chart Position:
#1 (US) #1 (UK)

Certified:
Gold: Jan. 7, 1980
Multi-Platinum: 6x Nov. 25, 1999

Tracks

1. In The Evening
2. South Bound Saurez
3. Fool In The Rain
4. Hot Dog
5. Carouselambra
6. All My Love
7. I'm Gonna Crawl


DELUXE EDITION BONUS DISC
1. In The Evening (Rough Mix)
2. Southbound Piano ("South Bound Saurez") (Rough Mix)
3. Fool In The Rain (Rough Mix)
4. Hot Dog (Rough Mix)
5. The Epic ("Carouselambra") (Rough Mix)
6. The Hook ("All My Love") (Rough Mix)
7. Blot ("I'm Gonna Crawl") (Rough Mix)
Quick Fact

All six of the album covers, both the front and back side, are of the same scene, but with a completely different perspective.

When released, the sleeve covers were prepared so that if exposed to warm water, their colors change.
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Led Zeppelin History

January 09, 1944 - James Patrick Page was born in Heston, Middlesex
January 03, 1946 - John Baldwin was born in Sidcup, Kent
January 02, 1946 - Led Zeppelin Tour Manager Richard Cole was born in Kensal Rise, London, England
January 05, 1967 - Jimmy Page begins recording Little Games with The Yardbirds at De Lane Lea Studios in London.
January 17, 1969 - Led Zeppelin released in the US
January xx, 1970 - Led Zeppelin now play without support acts in order to perform longer sets
January 09, 1970 - Royal Albert Hall gig filmed and recorded for documentary that is eventually scraped. (But was recalled for 2003’s DVD)
January xx, 1971 - Recording continues at Headley Grange
January xx, 1972 - Page has a studio built into his home
January 02, 1973 - Plant’s car breaks down and Bonham and he barely make the Sheffield City Hall gig
January 22, 1973 - Led Zeppelin record a live gig at Southampton University
January xx, 1974 - Recording Physical Graffiti at Headley Grange
January xx, 1974 - The band resigns with Atlantic and forms their own label
January 03, 1975 - Jimmy breaks a finger at Victoria Station just a week before the European warm up shows
January 17, 1975 - The band rehearses in Minneapolis for the upcoming US tour. Bootleg "Johnny Kidd And The Pirates" evolves out of this rehearsal
January xx, 1976 - Jimmy contemplates the release of The Song Remains The Same film but, continues work on the soundtrack
January 01, 1976 - In Paris, Robert takes his first unaided steps since his car accident
January xx, 1977 - Rehearsals for US tour take place at Manticore Studios in Fulham
January 24, 1977 - Bonham and Plant watch The Damned perform at the Roxy in London
January xx, 1978 - Media still claims Led Zeppelin have broke up
January 21, 1979 - Robert Plant is now proud father to son Logan Romero
January xx, 1980 - Zeppelin donate Candy Store Rock to a benefit album to benefit children
January 31, 1995 - Jimmy Page escaped being knifed when a fan rushed the stage at a Page and Plant gig at Auburn Hills, Michigan. The fan was stopped by two security guards, who he knifed instead. After his arrest, he told police that he wanted to kill Jimmy Page because of the Satanic music he was playing.
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