36-year-old Led Zeppelin album hits Billboard Top 10

itodIt’s a testament to Led Zeppelin’s power. Thirty-six years after the release of ‘In Through the Out Door,’ the album has been reissued, and the LP moved 24,000 units last week to give it the No. 9 slot on the Billboard 200.

The album was originally released in 1979. It spent seven weeks in the Billboard’s No. 1 slot back then (per Rolling Stone). Zeppelin’s eighth studio album was the last the band released before the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980.

Getting the album out was something of a struggle. Jimmy Page was battling heroin addition and Bonham struggled with alcholoism. That left most of the writing up to a grieving Robert Plant (who lost his son Karac in 1977) and John Paul Jones. It’s generally regarded as a tamer album for the band.

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“In Through The Out Door wasn’t the greatest thing in the world, but at least we were trying to vary what we were doing, for our own integrity’s sake,” Plant said in 1980. “Of all the [Led Zeppelin] records, it’s interesting but a bit sanitised because we hadn’t been in the clamour and chaos for a long time. In ’77, when I lost my boy, I didn’t really want to go swinging around—’Hey hey mama say the way you move’ didn’t really have a great deal of import any more. In Through The Out Door is more conscientious and less animal.”

2 comments to “36-year-old Led Zeppelin album hits Billboard Top 10”
  1. Page later called the album “a springboard for what could have been…” How cool would it be to still be hearing new music from Zep?!

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