90051-1 Coda
Produced by Jimmy Page
Released on November 19, 1982
UK CHART POSITION #4 . . . US CHART POSITION #6 . . . PLATINUM RECORD
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K ronomyth 10.0: CODA CRONE. A “coda” (as defined by the lonely hearts @ Webster’s) is, “in music, a final passage, which brings a composition to a definite, formal close.” Coda closes the book on Led Zeppelin. John Bonham, God rest his platformed soul, was two years in the grave when Jimmy Page served up the leftovers that were left over in the wake of Physical Graffiti’s pantry pilferage. That’s right, Coda is technically the band’s second album of outtakes, and it still kicks mountains of ass. Four of the tracks date from the period between Presence and In Through The Out Door, and it’s tempting to speculate how much better ITTOD would have been if the band had tacked on “Ozone Baby,” “Darlene” and “Wearing And Tearing.” (The instrumental “Bonzo’s Montreux” simply confirms my impression of Bonham as a brilliant drummer but a boring soloist.) The songs on Side One date mostly from 1970; the acoustic “Poor Tom” is the best of these and would have been a welcome addition to III. You can probably live without owning The Song Remains The Same, but I’d grant that in any given week you fritter away forty minutes that could be better spent listening to Led Zeppelin’s last album of awesome outtakes. Over the years, Led Zeppelin have honored the legacy of Coda by keeping the vaults closed for the most part. Compilations have followed, career retrospectives and live archival concerts have slipped through the gates, but Coda remains the definitive last word from the band who wrote the book on rock and roll.

90051-1 inner gatefold 92444-2 front cover
90051-1 inner gatefold 92444-2 front cover
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TRACK LISTING

  1. WE'RE GONNA GROOVE    (Ben E. King/James Bethea)    2:36 (2:37)
  2. POOR TOM    (Jimmy Page/Robert Plant)    3:03 (3:02)
  3. I CAN'T QUIT YOU BABY    (Willie Dixon)    4:16 (4:16)
  4. WALTER'S WALK    (Jimmy Page/Robert Plant)    4:24 (4:31)
  5. OZONE BABY    (Jimmy Page/Robert Plant)    3:35 (3:35)
  6. DARLENE    (John Bonham/John Paul Jones/Jimmy Page/Robert Plant)    5:04 (4:37)
  7. BONZO'S MONTREUX    (John Bonham)    4:15 (4:18)
  8. WEARING AND TEARING    (Jimmy Page/Robert Plant)    5:27 (5:28)

    CD bonus tracks
  9. BABY COME ON HOME
  10. TRAVELING RIVERSIDE BLUES
  11. WHITE SUMMER/BLACK MOUNTAIN SIDE (LIVE)
  12. HEY HEY WHAT CAN I DO

    CD track times listed in (parentheses).

CREDITS

JOHN BONHAM -- drums, drum orchestra
JOHN PAUL JONES -- bass, piano
JIMMY PAGE -- electric guitars, sub octivider, acoustic guitar, electronic treatments
ROBERT PLANT -- vocals, harmonicas
Peter Grant -- executive producer
Andy Johns -- engineer
Eddie Kramer -- engineer
Vic Maile -- engineer
Leif Masses -- engineer
John Timperly -- engineer
Stuart Epps -- mixing engineer
Hipgnosis/Assorted Images -- sleeve design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/CAN November 1982 Swan Song LP/CS 7900511/4 gatefold cover, inner sleeve
US November 19, 1982 Swan Song LP 90051 gatefold cover, inner sleeve
ARG 1982 Swan Song LP SLIN-3269 gatefold cover
BRA 1982 Swan Song LP 20.085 gatefold cover
COL 1982 Swan Song LP 23(7331)00348 gatefold cover
GER 1982 Swan Song LP 79.0051-1 gatefold cover
MEX 1982 Atlantic LP LDWA-6161 gatefold cover
YUG   Suzy LP ATL90051  
KOR 1983 Atlantic LP OLW-239  
US August 16, 1994 Swan Song CD 92444-2 digital remaster
JPN June 6, 2003 WEA CD WPCR-11622 35th anniversary edition
JPN 2008 Warner CDX WPCR-13141 super high material w. bonus tracks

 

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