Led Zeppelin-CodaWednesday 25th of January 2012 02:06:06 AM
CODA is a Studio album - considered the "posthumous" - Led Zeppelin album, released in 1982, which was the attempt of Jimmy Page's fight against the pirated editions, creating a compilation of "unpublished" works from all eras of the group. While this was a patched product, the end result was quite appealing.
The contract which had the band forced them to make a new album. They not wanted anyone else on drums, replacing the late John Bonham, so they decided to release an album with past recordings that had been discarded for the previous albums (Led Zeppelin, , Led Zeppelin III, , Houses of the Holy, Presence). This is the reason why the last two discs of Led Zeppelin were totally different (In Through The Out Door and Coda).
The album cover was designed by Hipgnosis, who had already worked for the group in other albums, such as Houses of the Holy.
Before John Bonham died, the band had to fall apart, no is if it has been because without the drummer they were no longer anything (which I sincerely do not believe) or because the ideas of Led Zeppelin were already throw a disaster (listen In through the out door), well think that the two factors influenced. After the break-up Jimmy Page had a great idea, give a grandiose farewell to the coming world of the great Led Zeppelin but how it was going to do if the band not already recorded? Because he grabbed songs that had been loose and that for x reason could not been integrated to the respective Lp's, put a superoriginal cover, and hence this! The last large jewel which leaves us Led Zeppelin.
And that jewel! Incredible because one would expect that the rarities were unacceptable or that they did not have anything interesting or even in this case, it would seem that they were not included in the daily albums because they are inescuchables or something, but not gentlemen, because it's the great Led Zeppelin and shows that these rarities are equal to the same classic!
To classics, for starters we have We're gonnaGrove perhaps the best cover ever recorded by Led Zeppelin, with a few great p riffs.... and a vocal performance of incredible Plant. Poor Tom is the best theme folk that my ears have heard, too bad it wasn't included in the Led Zeppelin III because the result would have been great. Version alternates of I can't quit you baby ARRAZA with the original version was included on the debut album, remember that it was totally boring in this disc, but incredibly this version is the opposite. And to say of Walter's walk, the best of album, a classic where look you, the riff for his immense creativity fly me head. Ozone baby boasts the most sticky chorus that has ever heard: "Ohh... it's my love" can pufff who be resisted not hear such wonderful! Darlene is the masterpiece of the boggie-woogie. Bonzo's Montreux contains the best solo drums ever heard by no mortal and finally dramatically: Wearing and tearing a punk that you literally fly brains for their extraordinary riffs.
The intention of Coda is not bad, collecting rarities is never wrong, what went wrong was to publish all these notable rarities after the completely wrong In through the out door that if it went wrong, Coda intends to be the last great album Zeppelin could give us, and was a terrible farewell, most of the songs of Coda fail nor to the "decent" status, but that are mediocre, and very mediocre; If at least had been on the cover of the album: "Copilado of rarities of Led Zeppelin" would not have been anything bad, because the buyer already knows that in most cases the rarities are not enjoyable, but noooooo! the buyer to see the cover believes that it is a Studio albumnormal, he buys and takes a big disappointment.
It must see CODA for what it is, a copilado of rarities, therefore, will not expect find classics here, no, this single disc this fact to hear what the fans (like me) and scholars, is not music to enjoy, do that to the idea. Now, so that the disk is not so bad as it is, at least has some "interesting" tracks, they aren't notable cases or anything similar, but avoid Miss CODA to the trash, for example, we have the initial track: We're gonna grove a song recorded in 1970 although it is quite mediocre, there are some enjoyable hooks rockers, nothing more to say in its favour. Poor Tom is a nice piece of folk from the days of Led Zeppelin III, inconsequential, but does not happen anything horrible, has at least one sticky melody and a good acoustic guitar and drums rhythm.
The three songs that were to be included in the album In through the out door, nor are they so horrible; for example, have to my "less unwanted" song from the album: Wearing and tearing although it has a HORRIBLE vocal performance of Plant, featuring a riff murderer very strange who had never heard, eye!, I do not like much, but imagine that it would have been included in ITTOD, it would have given him a good touch rocker that album much you needed, Ozone baby is fortunate to have one of the worst moments of Plant, although the chorus is ultra-pegadiso (and unfortunately commercial) Darlene is a piece of Boggie woogie which I do not like much, but is not nothing wrong either.
On the other hand only we are really bad songs, the alternate version of I can't quit you baby is not very different from the version original Led Zeppelin I is as mediocre and boring that I don't understand why they put it here. Walter's walk a song that was going to be included on the album Houses of the hollie is really bad and I'm glad that they have not brought her there, only that Page with his great wit, put it on this album so we knew the downside of Led Zeppelin, is not more than a rock loud with a tune of Plant voice. And Bonzo's Monstraux is a song with a "solo" battery that is absolutely horrible when at the end are added a few little sounds really stupid.
Well, as conclusion I must say that Coda is not so bad as they say, that Yes, you have to get you to the idea that is nothing more than a copilado of rarities which at the time were unacceptable, but if you are a fan of Zep, then go ahead.
In the following years members of Zeppelin maintained its decision not to join. Only in sporadic cases were seen together on a stage. Lately Page and Plant decided to meet to do something together, recording a joint album a few years after the breakup of the band.
PD: Critique of a Fan
Published November 19, 1982
Grabación9 from January 1970 to November 21, 1978
Genus Hard rock
Duration 33: 04
Record label Swan Song
Producer Jimmy Page
We're Gonna Groove (Bethea, King) – 2: 38
Poor Tom (Page, Plant) – 3: 02
I Can't Quit You Baby (Dixon) – 4: 18
Walter'sWalk (Page, Plant) – 4: 31
Ozone Baby (Page, Plant) – 3: 35
Darlene (Bonham, Jones, Page, Plant) – 5: 07
Bonzo's Montreux (Bonham) – 4: 18
Wearing and Tearing (Page, Plant) – 5: 29