Led Zeppelin
In Through the Out Door



by Rocksta71 USER (5 Reviews)
June 8th, 2006 | 162 replies

Release Date: 1979 | Tracklist

In through the out door

The Band:
Jimmy Page-Electric and Acoustic guitars, Pedal steel guitar, Backing vocals
Robert Plant-Lead vocals, Harmonica
John Bonham-Drums, Backing vocals
John Paul-Jones- Bass, Piano, Organ, Mellotron, Backing vocals

After nearly two years absence from music and touring in general, dictated by the death of Robert Plants young son Karac from a stomach infection in July 1977, The mighty Zeppelin finally became an active unit.
In through the out door was recorded at the tail end of 1978 at the Polar music studios in Stockholm, Sweden, owned by none other than ABBA.
It was held back to be released after the Knebworth dates in early August of the following year but due to a rare lapse in marketing strategy it was released a week late on August 20th.

The album got it’s name when Jimmy put it “The hardest way to get back in, is through the out door” and that’s exactly what they were doing following the tragedy of Roberts son and the lack of activity that followed.
Considered by most heavy Zeppelin fans to be the bands weakest effort and completely ignored by most, In through the out door is a faithful document of the time. Classic rock was finished. Pop was taking the reins once again.
Unlike previous contributions dominated by the guitarist and front man, the bands lowest profile member John Paul-Jones, influenced proceedings the most and got lead composing credits on all but one of the seven tracks.
The album has a very different feel to any other record prior with it’s football themed “Fool in the rain” and multiple “synth” stained tracks, a probable the reason for it’s dislike among fans. It isn’t the thundering riffs from Page or the 20 minute drum solo’s from Bonham anymore but a lighter more sensitive approach.
The album was rapturously received around the world and in it’s first week made number one in the UK and in it’s second topped the charts in the US. It also instantly went number one in New Zealand, Australia, Germany and Japan creating massive store traffic. As a result Zeppelins entire catalogue made the billboard top 200 between the weeks of October 27th and November 3rd.This topped the previous record held in 1975 by….Led Zeppelin.
The zeppelin was ready to drift in to the new decade with as much enthusiasm as they had entered the 70’s.

In the Evening- to illustrate the feeling of rebirth Pagey pulls out the old violin bow to create a dramatic opening segment, while plant struts arrogantly on the vocals. A cascading guitar riff follows as fluid bass takes control.
A convincing performance overall. Clearly Zeppelin in sound and the best track off the album.

South Bound Suarez- Starts off with a rollicking piano intro from Jonesy as Roberts vocals sit nicely. A lovely solo from Page and a do-wop fade out.
A jump around tune and a pleasure to listen to.

Fool in the rain- A song based on the 1978 soccer world cup held in Argentina.
Nice piano compliments Plants voice to kick the track off. Around the halfway point a mad samba takes centre stage as Bonzo adds his bit with crashing timpani, followed by a stand out solo by Page(the best on the album.)
Great effort, although very un orthodox it works.

Hot Dog -The only real let down on the disc. A country based theme which owes much to the state of Texas and the bands experiences there while on tour. Kicks of with a nice guitar piece, followed by saloon style piano compliments of Mr. JPJ. Plant sings well but if you are not into country then this one will irritate the life out of you.
A rockabilly hoedown that is musically very good but not very appealing to most.

Carouselambra- The 10min 32 second epic, driven relentlessly by Jones and his keyboard thrusts. A grandiose Zeppelin marathon which employs Page’s Gibson double neck to reach it’s conclusion. Slightly muddy at times, you can’t work out what plant is going on about. A musical mix-up which would take too long to explain, listen and I’m sure you’ll agree.
Overall not a bad outing with honorable intentions.

All my love- What can I say" A pretty love song, Written by plant about the death of his son “All of my love, to you” the chorus. Jones puts in a classy performance on the keyboards even treating us to a solo, as Jimmy puts in subtle acoustic picking to complement. Absolutely beautiful song, Plant sings this one with so much emotion.

I’m Gonna Crawl-Enhanced by Jones with a smooth synthesized string arrangement “I’m gonna crawl” is a relaxed blues number slow in tempo, and streaked in emotion both from Plant and Page in his solo. A lovely way to end off a great album.

Overall it has to be said, that this album is not one to ignore. Some love it others despise it, make your own decision.

- Very strong musically
- Very emotive
- Relaxing to listen to

- may not appeal to all
- Never takes off
- Different from the old Zeppelin

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Comments:Add a Comment 
June 8th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

Okay review. You put a lot of detail into it, but the track by track was kind of weak. A good second effort though, so I'll give you a vote. However, proper punctuation etc. etc. is needed. Why don't you try typing your reviews in Microsoft Word? This Message Edited On 06.08.06

The Door Mouse
June 8th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

pretty good review

and i agree with you that you shouldnt ignore it because in my opinion this is very fine work by them and jpj finally gets to show his better side with the synth

June 8th 2006


The only track off this I've heard is All my Love, which sounded fine to me...at the beginning of the review I didn't think I'd buy this album, since I've only got two zep CDs and there's other ones I should get, but the track-by-track caught my interest. Maybe I'll check it out. Though it does sound like you're scared to say what you really mean on the parts you didn't like. It's 4:20!

June 8th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

I like how all these people always have something negative to say about the review, and yet they never review an album.

I've had this record for many years, it's a great Zep album, not one of my favorites but it's still great.

Digging: Slowdive - Souvlaki

June 8th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

Actually, out of the four people who have posted, two haven't done a review, yourself included. And anyone has the right to voice their opinion on a review, good or bad.This Message Edited On 06.08.06

June 8th 2006


The review's fine..at least I think so. Still haven't heard the album, even though it's here somewhere...

June 8th 2006


A good album with high and low points...but Fool in the Rain is just awesome!

June 8th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

kick-ass album

my favorites are hot dog and fool in the rain

one question... what in the name of god is a MELLOTRON?

June 8th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

A tape-based sampling keyboard popularized in the sixties. Basically it records samples and plays them back to you.

June 9th 2006


If you listen to No Quater on house of the holy you can hear JPJ on Mellotron throughout (the weird bubbly sound at the intro)

June 13th 2006


This is indeed a "kick-*** album"

While it may not sound like old Zeppelin, this album does not need any skipping of any songs. The solo for All My Love is the best solo ever cuz the strings go great with it.

June 14th 2006


Killer album, may not appeal to all but those who don't like it are not true zep fans.

June 23rd 2006


Decent review...I love Fool in the Rain, All My Love, I'm Gonna Crawl and In the Evening...South Bend Saurez is ok too but Hot Dog is one of Zep's worst and I never cared much for Carousawhatever but overall its a fine album but not that great on zep standards

June 28th 2006


Agreed, Hot dog sucks serious ***.

June 28th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

Sometimes I love it, sometimes I hate it...

June 28th 2006


Never were truer words spoken.

July 26th 2006


Man you rock! exellent review, I like this album quite a bit now. caroselambra is rocking in my cd player right now.

July 26th 2006


[quote=Rocksta71]Killer album, may not appeal to all but those who don't like it are not true zep fans.[/quote]
That's bullshit. I hate it when people say "well, if you don't like every album a band ever produced, you aren't a true fan". You know, it's entirely possible for any band to release one of the greatest albums of all time and a totally suck album. You can be a true fan, but still find a band's "not so great" albums not enjoyable.

July 26th 2006


cool it dude, i said that a long time ago and realise it was a stupid thing to say.

July 26th 2006


This album is part of a big experience called led zeppelin, without it the experiance is incomplete.

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