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  • In November 1982, “Coda” was released to an unsuspecting public, two years after the death of John Bonham. While there are no standout pieces, this collection of songs does succeed in chronicling Zeppelin’s 12 year flight.”We’re Gonna Groove” opens the album and is taken from the recording sessions that yielded “Led Zeppelin II”. This track was a one time show opener and it’s easy to see why. Jimmy Page adds sub-octdivider effects on guitar while a young Robert Anthony Plant screams his head off. “Poor Tom” is an interesting piece left over from the “Led Zeppelin III” era. Bonham supplies a fine rhythm track under Page’s stellar 12-string acoustic work and Plant’s harp. “I Can’t Quit You Baby” is taken from a soundcheck from the Royal Albert Hall in 1970. This take is far more explosive than the version found on “Led Zeppelin” (and better, too). “Walter’s Walk” is from the 1972 “Houses Of The Holy” sessions and is easily one of the better songs on the album. Bonham’s drum sound is massive, and Page stays in the pocket…until the final refrain when he goes postal. Plant’s vocals *must* have been overdubed during the compiling of this collection because the quality of his voice is more consistant with the 1978 “In Through The Out Door” sessions, range-wise, whereas if you listen to a song from “Houses” (“Over The Hills And Far Away”), his voice is more powerful.”Ozone Baby”, “Darlene”, and “Wearing and Tearing” are all outtakes from the “Out Door” sessions. “Ozone Baby” is a nice, uptempo rocker which obviously would not have belonged on “Out Door”. “Darlene” is another highlight of the album. John Paul Jones’ piano work is fantastic, while Jimmy Page slips into his Scotty Moore/Jimmy Burton persona to deliver some inspired lead work. Why this song was left off “In Through The Out Door” in favor of “Hot Dog” or “South Bound Saurez” I’ll never understand. “Wearing and Tearing” is a two million mile-an-hour punk/thrash piece with acappella vocals ala “Black Dog”. Plant does sound hoarse, though, and while the energy level is remarkable, Plant’s Drano-induced yelling/screeching brings this track down a peg or two. That leaves “Bonzo’s Montreux”, a 1976 John Bonham drum instrumental with electronic effects added by Page. It’s a nice tribute, but not something you will listen to over and over.So, that’s “Coda”. There is nothing timeless on this album, but there is nothing on here that diminishes the legacy of Led Zeppelin, either. It’s an album that you take out every so often to hear some ideas that didn’t see the light of day the first time around, and there are some good ideas to be heard. Buy “Coda” with the knowledge that it is a summary of a bygone era, nothing more, nothing less.

    Posted on February 13, 2010