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Remastered re-release of the eight and the final full-length studio album by legendary British Art Rock/Hard Rock band.
Marshalling their strength after the dark interlude of "Presence" - a period that extended far after its 1976 release, with the band spending a year in tax exile and Robert Plant suffering another personal tragedy when his son died - Led Zeppelin decided to push into new sonic territory on their eighth album.
In contrast to previous Led Zeppelin albums, "In Through The Out Door" features much greater influence on the part of bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones and vocalist Robert Plant, and relatively less from drummer John Bonham and guitarist Jimmy Page, who often failed to show up on time at the recording studio. Bonham was struggling with alcoholism and Page was battling heroin addiction. Jones later said, "there were two distinct camps by then, and we (Plant and I) were in the relatively clean one." Many of the songs were consequently put together by Plant and Jones during the day, with Page and Bonham adding their parts late at night. Jones was inspired by the Yamaha GX-1 synthesizer he had recently purchased, and he was "working closely with Robert, which was something that had not happened before".
The original album featured an unusual gimmick: the album had an outer sleeve which was made to look like a plain brown paper bag (reminiscent of similarly packaged bootleg album sleeves with the title rubber-stamped on it), and the inner sleeve featured black and white line artwork which, if washed with water, would become permanently fully colored. There were also six different sleeves featuring a different pair of photos (one on each side), and the external brown paper sleeve meant that it was impossible for record buyers to tell which sleeve they were getting. The pictures all depicted the same scene in a bar (in which a man burns a Dear John letter), and each photo was taken from the separate point of view of someone who appeared in the other photos. The walls are covered with thousands of yellowed business cards and dollar bills. The photo session in a London studio was meant to look like a re-creation of the Old Absinthe House, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The album artwork was designed by Hipgnosis' Storm Thorgerson. In 1980, Hipgnosis was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Album Package for "In Through The Out Door". A replica of the brown bag included in this re-edition.
The album was released before drummer John Bonham died on 29 September 1980, leading the band to disband.
"In Through The Out Door" was a huge commercial success; it went to the No. 1 on Billboard's chart in just its second week on the American chart, reportedly selling 1.7 million copies within days of release. It remained on the US top spot for seven weeks and sold three million copies by the end of September 1979. It also went to No. 1 in the UK, Japan, Germany, Canada and New Zealand. The album was credited with helping to revive the US record industry, which had begun to struggle. On this album's release, Led Zeppelin's entire catalogue made the Billboard 200 between the weeks of 23 October and 3 November 1979, an unprecedented feat, topping their own record in 1975, when all their albums up to "Physical Graffiti" were on the chart. It was the band's final studio release to reach the top of the charts in the United States. "In Through The Out Door" is the Led Zeppelin album that has spent the most weeks on the top of the charts (tied with "Led Zeppelin II"). To date, the album has sold six million copies in the US.
Remastered by Jimmy Page, 180 gram vinyl packaged in a replica brown paper bag.
Swan Song Records/, 1979/2015 (8122796574). Made in Germany.
1. In The Evening 6:53
2. South Bound Saurez 4:13
3. Fool In The Rain 6:10
4. Hot Dog 3:18
5. Carouselambra 10:34
6. All My Love 5:53
7. I'm Gonna Crawl 5:29
Total playing time: 42:30 min.