SS 16002 In Through The Out Door
Produced by Jimmy Page
Released on August 1979
UK CHART POSITION #1 . . . US CHART POSITION #1
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SS 16002 cover  

I bought this tape shortly after it came out, and quickly parted with it at cost (about six bucks). I wasn’t really into Zeppelin at the time, and the guy who bought it off me seemed amazed that I’d even want to sell it. Today, there isn’t a Zep album I’d part with, even one where the original energy seems a little deflated. It’s tempting to speculate that the band’s heart wasn’t in it anymore, but if this is a by-the-numbers record it only underscores the fact that the quartet could always be counted on for great rock & roll. “Fool In The Rain” and “All My Love” are obvious standouts, the latter referencing the loss of Robert Plant’s son. The remaining tracks are a fair match for Presence, from the elegiac “I’m Gonna Crawl” to the contagious “South Bound Saurez.” Synthesizers play a bigger role this time, as John Paul Jones wrote more of the material. That plus the relatively subdued performance from Plant makes In Through The Out Door something of a launching point for Plant’s subsequent solo career, which would follow in much the same vein. John Bonham’s drumming is terrific throughout, again immovable in the tidal wave of tight riffs delivered by Jimmy Page (e.g., “In The Evening”). If the effort is tinged with a palpable sadness, maybe it’s the mind playing tricks. Few can listen to this without hearing in it the band’s swan song (and Bonham’s along with it). Honestly, I like this a little more than Presence and a lot more than Coda. I wouldn’t put it on the pedestal of Who Are You, but if rock and roll was indeed in the evening of its lifetime, it was worth staying up late to hear In Through The Out Door.

SS 16002 back cover SS 16002 picture sleeve
SS 16002 back cover SS 16002 picture sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. IN THE EVENING    (John Paul Jones/Jimmy Page/Robert Plant)    6:48
  2. SOUTH BOUND SAUREZ    (John Paul Jones/Robert Plant)    4:11
  3. FOOL IN THE RAIN    (John Paul Jones/Jimmy Page/Robert Plant)    6:08
  4. HOT DOG    (Jimmy Page/Robert Plant)    3:15
  5. CAROUSELAMBRA    (John Paul Jones/Jimmy Page/Robert Plant)    10:28
  6. ALL MY LOVE    (John Paul Jones/Robert Plant)    5:51
  7. I'M GONNA CRAWL    (John Paul Jones/Jimmy Page/Robert Plant)    5:28

CREDITS

JOHN BONHAM --
JOHN PAUL JONES --
JIMMY PAGE --
ROBERT PLANT --
Peter Grant -- executive producer
Leif Mases -- engineer
Hipgnosis -- sleeve

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK August 1979 Swan Song LP/CS SSK/SK4 54910 bag cover, picture sleeve
US August 1979 Swan Song LP/CS SS 16002 bag cover, picture sleeve
CAN 1979 Swan Song LP XSS 16002 bag cover
GER 1979 Swan Song LP SS 59410  
ARG   Swan Song LP 208650 inner sleeve
BRA   Swan Song LP 6704067 bag cover
US October 1994 Atlantic CD/CS 92443 digital remaster
JPN 2003 Warner CD WPCR-11621 digital remaster

 

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