September 16th, 1979: Led Zeppelin’s ‘In Through The Outdoor’ Goes #1, What’s Your Favorite Track? [POLL]
Entering in through the out door with a comfortable seven week stay at the top floor. What a way for the mighty Zep to go out.
Led Zeppelin's 'In Through The Out Door' album hit #1 on this day in 1979 and stayed at the top for nearly two months. Sadly, it would be the last complete studio album to be released by the band. With 'In Through The Out Door' being another massively successful album it was obvious that public interest in the band was strong heading into the new decade. With the addition of synthesizers to their sound it also appeared as if the band was poised for a whole new phase of creativity. All that came to an end, sadly, with the sudden death of drummer John Bonham on September 25th, 1979. Bonham was just 32 years old.
We'll never know what kind of music Led Zeppelin would have created in the years to follow but we sure do have a lot of music to celebrate so let's do a little bit of that today shall we? There are just seven tracks on 'In Through The Out Door' but all are worthy of mention. Whether it be the infectious hit singles "Fool In The Rain" and "All My Love", the menacing force behind "In The Evening", the feel-good boogie of "South Bound Suarez", the rockabilly fun of "Hot Dog", the epic journey that is "Carouselambra", or the powerfully heartbreaking emotion dripping off of "I'm Gonna Crawl" you're guaranteed to pick a great track.
I'm going with a deep track and it's "Carouselambra". Not a hands-down favorite since I can listen to any track on this album any day but I love the musical journey this song goes on and it takes a band with the talents of Led Zeppelin to pull it off. The twists and turns this song takes is accentuated by the untouchable drum work of Mr. John Bonham. The massive heart-pounding rhythms transitioning into big spacious beats accented by his amazing cymbal work. Wow. It's no wonder why Robert Plant could never see Led Zeppelin continuing without John Bonham. Just listen to this song and you'll get it. By the way, you simply have to hear this song at the highest volume possible. It's just that good.
Now it's your turn. Vote for your favorite track off of 'In Through The Out Door' now: