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In Through the Out Door

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  • Let’s put Led Zeppelin in perspective: They had 8 full length studio albums before disintegrating. They ARE one of the best bands of all time, like the Beatles before them, Led Zeppelin will always spark interest in music fans. YES, Led Zeppelin 4, Houses of the Holy, Physical Graffitti and Presence probably caught Zeppelin in their prime. All eight albums have their pluses and minuses, and yet, In Through The Out Door is always criticized the most. Like U2, R.E.M. and Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin had to change. Robert Plant just lost a child, disco was bigger than rock, and punk’s angry cries were more deafening than any Zeppelin record. The complaint of synthesizers is understandable since Zeppelin is mostly known for Page’s guitar wizardry, but In Through The Out Door is Zeppelin’s Achtung, Baby, or Out of Time or Permanent Vacation–it’s a rebirth of sorts. I certainly think that non-fans should check this out if they don’t like Led Zeppelin for it has the hits “Fool in the Rain” and “All My Love.” If the Beatles only relied on John and Paul then we’d have no Here Comes The Sun or Yellow Submarine. John Paul Jones’s influence gave Zeppelin more credit. It wasn’t just Page, Plant and Bonham. I know I’ll get heat for defending In Through The Out Door, but it is a great record, just not like Zeppelin’s others.

    Posted on November 28, 2009