PLEASE NOTE : THIS IS THE ONLY REVIEW OF THE 2008 JAPANESE LIMITED EDITION REISSUE.
When it was first released, the general consensus was that Coda was a cash-in and a disappointment, which indeed it seemed like, at the time.
Although listening to it again after many years, I found there was much to like here, including a storming studio version of We're Gonna Groove, the old live favourite from their early days, which they returned to on the 1980 European Tour, an excellent alternative take of I Can't Quit You Baby from the first album, as well as Poor Tom, Walter's Walk, Darlene and Wearing and Tearing, which are all better tracks than most of those found on In Through The Out Door.
Where the album falls down is with the throwaway Ozone Baby and the self-indulgent Bonzo's Montreux, which is proof-positive that Bonham may have been an extremely powerful drummer, but not the most inventive and also it's jumbled, confused running order.
However, browsing for a copy on CD, a while back, I came across this import from Japan, which includes the following 4 tracks from the expensive studio sessions box, which are not available elsewhere : Baby Come Home, Travelling Riverside Blues, White Summer/Black Mountain Side and Hey Hey What Can I Do, from the early days, all of which are excellent and make a mediocre album well worth owning.
BUT PLEASE BE CAREFUL TO CHECK WITH THE VENDOR BEFORE BUYING, AS THE ADDITIONAL 4 TRACKS ON THIS VERSION ARE NOT LISTED ON THE BACK OF THE SLEEVE, BUT ARE LISTED IN THE ACCOMPANYING BOOKLET - THE OBI STRIP WILL CONFIRM THIS.