On this day forty years ago, Led Zeppelin signaled the begging of the end when they released their final studio album, In Through The Out Door (Atlantic). That title alone should have been then first clue really, that this was not your older brother’s Zep album. The turmoil stricken members fought through loss, and injury, and drugs, and excess, but wound up still making fine music. ITTOD is a solid album with moments of greatness. It’s definitely a late-era gem in their catalog in many ways, but also a signpost to the fatigue they were feeling after over a decade on top of rock’s peak. Drummer John Bonham would pass away just thirteen months and two weeks after this release, more or less ending the band as a regular unit. Continue reading
HBO’s new Southern Gothic psychological thriller mini-series event Sharp Objects concluded last night with a shocking twist ending. The acclaimed show starring Golden Globe winner and five-time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams featured an incredible, eclectic soundtrack featuring intense instrumentals, indie music artists, and rock legends like Led Zeppelin, Steve Miller, Sylvian Esso, and The Acid. In the series finale, Zeppelin’s late-era hit ‘In The Evening’ is heard over the closing credits, giving weight to the final moments of the series. The track which is the lead song from 1979’s In Through The Out Door (Atlantic) was actually teased several times earlier in the series. Check out this Spotify playlist for the show, perhaps hinting at an album release similar to other HBO shows like Game Of Thrones and Westworld. Continue reading
Led Zeppelin has made public another rare unreleased outtake: a blues jam entitled ‘Sugar Mama’ from 1968. Hear the track at this link:
‘Sugar Mama’ comes from the deluxe edition of CODA (Atlantic) which was the last official Led Zeppelin album, full of unreleased songs at the time of John Bonham’s death in 1980. Other deluxe editions arriving in stores and online next month are Presence and In Through The Out Door. Jimmy Page personally oversaw the creation of these re-issues, each with exhaustive archival audio, special packaging versions, custom vinyls and extras in each package, never previously available.
Other never-before released material include ‘Baby Come On Home’ from the same session as ‘Sugar Mama’, recorded at Montreal’s Olympic Studios. is also included in the set. Also previously unreleased is ‘St. Tristan’s Sword’, an instrumental recorded during the Led Zeppelin III sessions in 1970.
You can pre-order these and other deluxe editions at www.LedZeppelin.com