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Led Zeppelin


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2 stars In Through the Outdoor 2/5


Led Zeppelin return for their last studio album with John Bonham. A keyboard driven affair, with JPJ and Robert Plant taking the bulk of the songwriting burden. John Bonham was fighting alcoholism at the time and Jimmy Page was a heroin addict; honestly, the band could not possibly produce even an EP of material that met the expectations set by their recordings in the early 70's. Page's addiction hampers his playing and presence on this album, only the solo from 'In the Evening' harkens back to days of old. Also, this album features the only two Jones/Plant compositions ('South Bound Saurez' and 'All My Love').

Essentially, this album is a nostalgic rock and roll album. JPJ plays delightful rock and roll piano on the majority of Side 1 ('Hot Dog', 'South Bound Saurez', 'Fool in the Rain') and then packs Side 2 with synths galore. Even in the heaviest song, 'In the Evening', JPJ's keyboards are equal to Jimmy's guitars. 'Carouselamba' is a sythn driven disco and naturally they fail on all accounts, with Page providing nothing more than droning guitar riffs. Page is nonexistent throughout and his inability to colloborate with the rest of the band severely handicapped the band's small chances of producing even a good album.

I love JPJ's work with Led Zeppelin, but this album proves that this band was and always will be Jimmy Page's. Without his contributions, the band produced an album that was even more suspect than their previous two. This album is required for fans of Led Zeppelin only and is really pedestrian by their standards.

mr.cub | 2/5 |


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