Led Zeppelin - In Through The Out Door

For our interests here, we're considering In Through the Out Door the last proper Led Zeppelin album. 1982's Coda was released after the death of John Bonham in 1980, and consists of unused material from the band's career. So that leaves In Through the Out Door, which—even though it was recorded before Bonham died in 1980—was still an album created during much personal strife within the band.

Zeppelin started recording the record in late 1978, when the band was at a musical crossroads, burnt out on the traditional label structure, and Robert Plant was grieving the loss of his son Karac a year before. The band was uncertain about its future, and that can be heard on an album that has difficulty navigating a new decade where Zeppelin's style of rock was rapidly being exchanged for new emerging trends. While "All My Love" remains a touching tribute to Plant's son, and "Fool in the Rain" became a radio hit, the album is—as a whole—representative of Led Zeppelin's tragic ending.


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