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CODA

Led Zeppelin

 

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russellk
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1 stars Excruciating end to a fine rock group.

First off, there's not a whiff of progressive sensibility here. The only smell I detect is that of the cash-in. Whether it was the remaining band members or the record label who pushed for these cast-offs to be released is a moot point, but in the end the band are doubly culpable: for recording this stuff and for allowing it to see the light of day.

The first two tracks are the best, and that's not saying much. After that, we have half an hour of pointless noise, culminating in the 'Wearing and Tearing' joke. Did they really not understand the genre they were trying to parody? 'Darlene' teases for about ten seconds, almost sounding like a legitimate track, until it descends into another egregious attempt to cultivate the American market. 'Walter's Walk' is really a song fragment, and the riff actually appears on 'Hots On For Nowhere' from 'Presence'. If you've heard that, you've heard this.

For those misguided folk who want to buy this, get the CD, as it has four bonus tracks that are far better than any of the eight original tracks. 'Travelling Riverside Blues' is a re-run of 'The Lemon Song' but just sufficiently different to sound interesting. We get some nice guitar work in 'White Summer' which segues into a less intense version of the familiar 'Black Mountain Side'. My goodness, this is the best track on the album, and it's not as good as the throwaway track from their first.

I know a number of LED ZEPPELIN fanatics, and I've yet to hear any of them have a good word to say about this record. Unless you're a completionist (as I am), then give this a miss.

What were they thinking?

russellk | 1/5 |

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