Wait for it . . . That’s what Led Zeppelin made us do back in 1979. Like the long intro to the first cut, In The Evening, fans waited for over three years, the longest amount of time between Zeppelin albums, for this one to come out.
InThrough the Out Door is a departure from the heavy metal we were use to hearing from the band. Released at the height of the punk and disco era, Zeppelin, like The Rolling Stones on Some Girls, embrace pop music, incorporating different styling and genres into this record to create a modern, more diverse, sound for the time.
Interesting photography and package design created and further fueled the mystique that surrounded the band. In Through the Out Door would become Zeppelin’s unintentional Swan Song following the death of John Bonham. In many ways, like Who Are You, it marks the end of the 70’s and an era that many think was the greatest in Rock & Roll.
There were a total of 6 different album covers, packaged within two brown paper wrappers. The black & white inner sleeve could be colorized by lightly spraying water, to reveal pastels. Click Here to see them all. It’s an interesting story.
I don’t typically listen to live albums, but this one has some history and special meaning for me. I never got to see Led Zeppelin live. Shortly before North American tour to support In Through the Outdoor, John Bonham died, and that was the end of Led Zeppelin.
But now, as I listen to more jazz, I’ve come to appreciate live performances much more. Many of the records I listen to now come from the 40’s and 50’s which was a time when the recordings were done live, whether on stage or in the studio, in one take, and you get what you get, flubs and flaws included. 35 years later, like some of my oldest and dearest friends, The Song Remains the Same has gotten larger and better than ever. It was re-released as a box, with additional songs added from the tour, and still has all the swank and energy of Zeppelin from that time period. Reserve this one for a longer run, or savor it in courses, as it’s a feast.
You know how they say people choose a pet that fits their personality? Well, if that’s the case, then I’m a grumpy old beagle, that’s my dog, who is always hungry and drives a Jeep Wrangle, that’s my car. When I run, I’m a lot like my dog and my car. I pretty much have two speeds. Stop and Go. I’m not very arrow dynamic, I get poor gas milage, and the ride is kind of bumpy. So is my dog by the way. On the plus side, it doesn’t matter where I am running. It could be on a deserted road in the middle of the night, or on a single track trail. I could be going up hill, or on an airport tarmac in 110 degree Florida heat. I run at the same pace no matter what. “Slow and steady . . . something, something.”
When you run, bike or ski where I live, here in the super outdoorsy northwest, at some point in time, you’re going to get passed. It’s inevitable. There is always some athlete or pseudo athlete who is training for a race, or is on a biking team or running club or something. They take their training very seriously out here. When that happens, and it seems to be happening more frequently than it use to, I tell myself, “oh, they just started, or are only running a short distance. Or, I got 20 years on that gal pushing the jogging stroller. She must be in a hurry to get to daycare”. But the truth is, I’m just like my dog and my car. I’m a old beagle cruising along in a boxy old Jeep that gets poor gas milage and has a bumpy ride. But you know what? As long as I’m still moving… I’m having a blast.
Todays Runner is the 1978 debut album by the Cars. Speaking of a blast, this record is fantastic, and fun, fun, fun, from start to finish. It’s Moving in Stereo for 35 minutes. Enjoy the ride. You may get passed every now and then, but Don’t Cha Stop.
Rock & Roll soup that maybe a little too spicy for the “Class Rock” menu. Presence is a tasty dish that is to be savored. Packed with hardy guitar riffs, dashes of harmonica, rich garden fresh Plant vocals all slow cooked in a thick stock of bass and back beat. Led Zeppelin’s seventh album is carefully measured and prepared with quick stop & start precision that brings out the flavor of its savory, simmering texture. This zesty aromatic pottage is more a stew than a soup really. There is plenty here to fill you up. Zep’s Presence may not be the cure for the common cold, but it is sure to warm you up and get your feet moving.