In Through The Out Door Original recording remastered
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The last proper Led Zep album, or "swan song" if you will, carried on the band's grand tradition with In the Evening; Hot Dog; All My Love; Fool in the Rain , and more. From 1979.
Though the band likely didn't know it at the time, this would prove to be the last studio record by one of the most famous rock & roll bands in the world. Drummer John Bonham died shortly after its release. Although nothing compares to early Led Zeppelin--and they lost many longtime fans in the late 1970s--this LP is nothing to be embarrassed by. They were quick to embrace and experiment with synthesizers, and while it wears a little thin by record's end (the synth-bloated "Carouselambra" and the slick AOR hit "All My Love"), it adds a certain majestic tone to the heavy-hitting opener, "In the Evening," and gives a rollicking good-time feel to "South Bound Suarez." Plant's howl and Page's bluesy guitars are in fine form on "I'm Gonna Crawl" and the lilting "Fool in the Rain" recalls the pretty numbers from their early career. --Lorry Fleming
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To me, LZ were the Beatles of the '70's. In the '70's, LZ were the most popular band in the world. Their albums were huge commercial successes and were praised and copied by musicians around the world.
If you look at the final recordings of both bands, I think you'll see an interesting similarity. "Led Zeppelin IV," which featured "Stairway to Heaven," is looked upon by most fans and critics as their "masterpiece." The same was said about the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" album. After "Led Zeppelin IV" was released, the band put out four more studio albums. After "Sgt. Pepper" was released, the Beatles put out four more studio albums.
It's interesting to compare Led Zep's final four albums with the Beatles' final four. LZ's "Houses of the Holy" was appreciated by fans, but was not as highly regarded as "Led Zeppelin IV." "Magical Mystery Tour" was also appreciated by fans, but was not as highly regarded as "Sgt. Pepper." After releasing such exceptional albums as "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Sgt. Pepper," it would be incrredibly difficult for ANY band, even two as fantastic as LZ and the Beatles, to duplicate that overwhelming success with a follow-up release.
LZ's next album was "Physical Graffiti," a two-record set. The Beatles' next album was "The Beatles" (better known as the "White Album") which also was a two-record set. Today, many fans of both bands regard these two-record sets as the best music either band either committed to vinyl.Read more ›
In the final analysis, the latter criticisms turn out to be incorrect. As a band, Zeppelin were only continuing to mature. 'Heavy metal' riffs a la' Whole Lotta Love" or "Immigrant song" are replaced in favor of songs where the guitar riff is less prominent, only to be more eloquently interwoven into the musical arrangement (listen to "In the evening," "Carouselambra," or "All my love"). The addition of synthesizers was probably the unpardonable sin for some Zep fans, but when looking back, the album is not any more diverse than the eclectic collections of songs found on "Houses of the Holy," "III," or any Zep album.
On "Out door," Page devotes more time to refining the art of accompaniment than in years past--playing more 'for the song.' The latter 'minimal' approach foreshadowed what he would continue to develop in years to come with The Firm and other projects. Its still the same great Jimmy, minus the extravegant cadenzas. Left standing are what matters most: Great musicainship tightly integrated into a band context.Read more ›
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The last studio album for Led Zeppelin shows an emptiness of heart after the death of Robert Plant's son, which shows in the vocals and songwriting, but still they are unparalleled... Read morePublished 2 months ago by GrowlKillBear
August 20th, 1979 marked the original release of this classic album containing 7 landmark recordings including the opening crunch of in the evening, the compact fool in the rain,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by scott heron
Great music (we knew that) but second CD of no interest. We can't barely hear the difference between the versions... Unless you're a studio engineer...Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer