Friday, August 15, 2014
Led Zeppelin - In Through the Out Door
Side one begins with “In the Evening”. The opening has a mystic, far-Eastern vibe to it that acts an overture for the album. The band is going to take us somewhere exotic. The guitar hook through out this one has a primal quality to it that cuts right to my very core.
“South Bound Saurez” has a raw, classic rock sound with a very strong and upbeat piano foundation. I really like how the band could change things up from track to track.
“Fool in the Rain” was released as a single late in the summer of 1979; it went to number 44 in New Zealand, number 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 12 in Canada. The album version runs a full six minutes. The lyrics tell of a man who is waiting on a woman only to realize he has been standing in the wrong place. This one has came into my life just as I was starting my freshman year of high school; the familiar opening riff instantly takes me back to those days. I really like the break in the middle of the song, where it really embraces a Calypso carnival tone.
The B-side to the single was “Hot Dog”; it falls squarely into a rockabilly category.
Side two starts with “Carouselambra”, the album’s longest track at ten and a half minutes. The track has three movements, with the first sounding like a carnival fanfare. I was expecting it to build but instead it sort of levels out on the mid-section and loses all that kinetic energy with an unimpressive discharge.
The slow-winding “All of My Love” was written as a tribute to Robert Plant’s son Karac who died in 1977. This one was released as a single but only in South American countries. I remember this one getting a lot of play during high school, both as a slow dance song at parties and school dance and on the local album-oriented rock station.
The album closes with “I’m Gonna Crawl”, a bluesy song about a guy who is completely in love with a girl.
In Through the Out Door was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Album in 1980. It lost out to the Bee Gee’s Spirits Having Flown (click here for that review). As a fan of the brother’s Gibb, this is something with which I can totally agree. While I enjoyed this one from Led Zeppelin, only a couple tracks standout as classics for me (“Fool in the Rain” and “All of My Love”).
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