Led Zeppelin
Coda


3.5
great

Review

by robnathanson USER (12 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 47 replies


Release Date: 1982 | Tracklist


This Album (which I bought on vinyl for $20) is the first, and only, album of new Led Zeppelin material after John Bonham's death. The album was released in 1982.

Coda was produced by Jimmy page, and released through Swan Song Records.

The Cover is very plain--just the word "CODA" and underneath "Led Zeppelin" but on the inside (of the vinyl anyway) are many pictures of the band varying form the early days of Led Zeppelin to the last days of John Bonham. It is actually quite sad.

on to the track by track:

We're Gonna Groove--
As with all Led Zepelin, this song is high energy. it opens with a drum roll taht is remeniscent (sp") of live versions of Moby Dick, and is solid through the song. As always Jimmy Page takes centre stage with intriguing guitar riffs, and a nice solo. John Paukl jones is in top shape to keep pace with Page and Bonham, and Plant's vocals are better than ever on this album. excellent musicianship, and just a plain, pure rock n roll song
4/5

Poor Tom--
Opens with a solid drum riff and Plant singing softly. comes in with what sounds like an acoustic guitar. Drums are the predominant instrument through the early stages, and Page let's this continue, only taking the focus away for a short period of time. Plant's soft singing style is a nice change from "We're Gonna Groove" as the transition is made smoothly, and he has such a nice voice anyway.
3.5/5

I can't Quit You Baby--
This song is also on Led Zeppelin I (their first album) so I'm not exactly sure why it's included on this record. Heavily influenced by Blues riffs, and slow bass/drumming. Page's prescence is felt moreso that the rest, but that doesn't take away from the beauty of this song. A nice flashback into the earlies days of the band.
4/5

Walter's Walk--
Opens strong with the guitar, followed by a solid drumming. Plants vocals, although strong, sound like they are in the background, and that takes away from this track. musicianship is strong on this track which is a good pick-me-up. This is by far weakest song on Side A. It is a good song, but not the usual LZ calibre.
3/5

Ozone Baby--
this song opens promisingly, and musically it continues. Plant's vocals are not top notch, but far from imperfect. as always, he sings well in tune with the music. Not the most entertaining song on this record, but it is good. It leaves so much to be desired however, and musically, could have included so much more. Has a nice solo.
2.5/5

Darlene--
A lot of led Zeppelin's lyrics (especially from the first 2 or 3 albums) are very cheesy. This song alludes back to those days. Plant's voice is great, but the lyrics are pure cheese. the song has a great beat, and if my ears don't mistake me, Jones is great on the piano once again. (ahh the joys of multi-instrumentalism) as for the Song as a whole, it's very GOOD, not great or excellent, and a far cry from outstanding. it is better than Ozone Baby however.
3.5/5

Bonzo's Montreux--
Roughly translated this means "Bonzo's Show". It is an extremely entertaining drum solo (the whole thing) much like Moby Dick, except that it doesn't open and close with Page taking centre stage. At the beginning he stops, making you thibnk that the song is very short and over. It's not, don't let it fool you. Some piano comes into to accentuate the drumming. This is a great track, and it shows for a last time, just how great a drummer John Henry Bonham really was. For what this track is and was meant for--
5/5

Wearing and Tearing--
This is definatley a solid Rock n Roll track form the start. The best since the opening track. (not including Bonzo's Montreux) when the vocals first kick in, music slows down, to a dull whisper, and this tyrend is continued through the bulk of the verses in this song. That is about the only part I dislike about this song. Otherwise very solid, good vocals, and you couldn't ask for much more.
3.25/5

OVERALL SCORE: 28.75/40
AVERAGE RATING: 3.59/5
MY SCORE: 3.5/5

This is definatley not Zeppelin's best work. Given the credit that it is posthumous for John Bonham, and I'm sure while mastering, it was emotional for Page. That beeing said, its not a bad record, but not a good one to start off listening to Zeppelin with. Fan's of the band will probably enjoy this to no end (as I do) however on the other hand, people who hear this as thier first Led Zeppelin record would probably be turned off by it.

This record is on about the same level as "Presence" and on a higher level than (what I've heard of) In Thorugh the Out Door.

-Rob



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Kaden
December 4th 2003


222 Comments


I got this in the Led Zeppelin box set, and mine had three bonus tracks (Hey Hey What Can I Do is the only one I can think of). I think this is a decent album from a great band, and this gets 3.5 stars from me too.

I can't Quit You Baby was included because it's an alternate version.

robnathanson
December 4th 2003


93 Comments


I believe the three tracks you're referring to are

Baby, Come On Home
Hey Hey What Can I Do
Travelling Riverside Blues

they aren't on the vinyl

ANd I didn't know it was an alternate version of I can't Quit You Baby.

Kaden
December 4th 2003


222 Comments


Originally posted by robnathanson
I believe the three tracks you're referring to are

Baby, Come On Home
Hey Hey What Can I Do
Travelling Riverside Blues

they aren't on the vinyl

ANd I didn't know it was an alternate version of I can't Quit You Baby.


Yeah, those are the ones! And the intro to I can't Quit You Baby is different...there's other differences, I just haven't noticed them.

woofwoofwoof
June 28th 2005


156 Comments


why can NO ONE spell "definitely" correctly i mean come on its not that hard

fatboy023456
July 26th 2005


7 Comments


This wasn't technically new material, just never released. Good review, though.

masada
July 26th 2005


2733 Comments


[quote=woofwoofwoof]why can NO ONE spell "definitely" correctly i mean come on its not that hard[/quote]
*definately


No_Effects
August 24th 2005


10 Comments


Well I have to say, just getting this album is great by itself. I have been looking for it for so long, and i still havent found it! I dont wanna order off the internet but i might be forced to.

DesolationRow
August 25th 2005


833 Comments


I like We're Gonna Groove. Good song. Good review.

Bonzo17
December 28th 2005


92 Comments


im not a big fan of this album, but i like darlene

Bron-Yr-Aur
April 13th 2006


4405 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Coda rules, and how could you give ozone baby 2.5? I will concede it's not Robert's best performance, but the bridge and solo kicks ass.

Tusk
May 7th 2006


7 Comments


We're Gonna Groove and I Can't Quit You Baby are live performances that were slightly edited by Page.

The two songs are from Zeppelin's show at the Royal Albert Hall that were so famously recorded and put onto the Zep DVD.

Page added some synthesizer on We're Gonna Groove, and took out the crowd, as well as edited out his longer guitar solo's (which I dont understand) on both songs.

EDIT: Actually... thats interesting. I always thought of Page as a bit of a showboat, but this seems very much like it was made FOR Bonzo with him as a focus.. this would explain the editing of some of his longer solo's.This Message Edited On 05.06.06

stinkypoptart
May 16th 2006


1169 Comments


think this would be good for a newer led zeppelin fan?
awesome review.

Rocksta71
July 12th 2006


1023 Comments


If you are just getting into Zeppelin, I would recomend any of their first 6 albums, their latter albums are good but if you want the classic Zeppelin stick with their early stuff. I started off with Zeppelin IV and then II and moved onto the latter stuff last. I still don't have this album, It's the only one I don't have.

Muisee
July 12th 2006


679 Comments


Led Zep 3 got me into them.

Rocksta71
July 12th 2006


1023 Comments


Yeah 3 is good but some of the tracks are a little too relaxed for my liking, "Since i've been loving you" is my favourite blues number ever.

Two-Headed Boy
July 20th 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This album blows, even for Led Zeppelin.

sampz123
September 19th 2006


13 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i have early/latter days and wanna hear stuff thats like good times bad times and anything fast.should i get this album?

stompybeardo
September 19th 2006


746 Comments


get physical graffiti

sampz123
September 25th 2006


13 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just listnin to it for the 1st time.Think its not the best zep album but i can't quit u baby WOW kicks ass!.

zeroman089
March 1st 2007


76 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really like the I can't quit you baby on coda better than the one on 1, it's alot heavier and just flows alot better.



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