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Coda Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (25 Aug. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B000002JSR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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Assembled after drummer John Bonham's death, this 1982 release featured some real nuggets for Led Zep fans drawn from throughout their career, including We're Gonna Groove; Ozone Baby; Poor Tom; I Can't Quit You Baby; Wearing and Tearing, and more.

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Coda, released in 1982 after the break-up of the band, was the result of a trawl through the studio archives in search of leftover material. In fact, they had already used up almost all of the good stuff and, compared to their other releases, this was Led Zeppelin's only disappointing album. Nevertheless, even relatively poor material by Led Zeppelin still represents a decent level of quality and some tracks are classic, particularly "Poor Tom", "Ozone Baby" and "Wearing And Tearing". The latter song, one of three out-takes from the In Through The Out Door sessions, features a particularly high-octane blend of stripped-down and grungy rock and roll and is often spoken of as their response to contemporary punk. As so little studio material was found, they added live versions of "I Can't Quit You Babe" and "We're Gonna Groove" from 1970, the first of which in particular features some blistering playing. Even so, it was still their shortest ever release. --James Swift

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By N. T. Procter on 21 Jan. 2014
Format: Audio CD
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Casanova Frankenstein on 13 Oct. 2012
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Coda can be seen as a journey through Zeppelin's career, it contains material written from various albums but not deemed up to scratch. Even if the band members found that the songs were not quite good enough for previous albums,it contains some stunning tracks. The pick of these for me are 'Wearing and Tearing', 'Ozone baby', 'Walters walk' and 'Darlene', all excellent songs, I'm surprised they never made the album's they were intended for. To me, this album is superior to 'In Through The Outdoor' (an album Page and Bonham didn't have as much influence on), although it is much derided by some fan's, who just see it as a money making ploy at the time by Atlantic records. I'm one of those fan's who would gratefully pay for any unreleased Zeppelin material, to me everything they touched was gold.
Some have been asking why tracks such as 'Hey, Hey, What Can I Do' were not included on this album? Well that's to do with copyright and that all surviving members of Led Zeppelin had to agree to the realise of material. 'Hey , Hey What Can I Do' is not even available for download in the UK, whereas 'Travelling Riverside Blues' is available on the 'BBC Sessions' album.
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful By h.u.ahmad@student.salford.ac.uk on 26 Feb. 2001
Format: Audio CD
I first bought this album two years ago, although previously, my brother said it wasn't all that good. My opinion : it's well worth buying for the blistering album closer, WEARING AND TEARING, which is best played extremely loud, as it's a rampaging monster of a track, used as an answer to the punks who had written off Zep and which also could have been a slight precursor to the early '80s NWOBHM craze. This is the most aggressive song on the track, although 'Walter's Walk' is impressive, too. Cut in 1972 during the HOUSES OF THE HOLY sessions, this features a groovy Jimmy Page riff and is efficiently powered along by Bonzo's powerful drums. The 1970 soundcheck version of 'I Can't Quit You, Baby' is heavier than the original, further improved by Page's sizzling solo and 'We're Gonna Goove' ain't bad, either. As for the other songs? 'Poor Tom' is an okay acoustic effort, with a distinctive, opening drumbeat, 'Bonzo's Montreux' is a pretty interesting drum solo from the man himself and the New Wave influenced 'Ozone Baby' and 'Darlene' are adequate rockers, indicating the sort of direction Zeppelin were taking towards the end of the Seventies. CODA is not brilliant, but it's certainly worth a listen.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 July 2015
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The ‘bonus’ material on the 2014-15 ‘deluxe’ remixes of Zeppelin’s back-catalogue has been of sometimes questionable value: often rough studio run-throughs of tracks eventually chosen for inclusion on the albums, sometimes without even a vocal track (the karaoke version of ‘Out on the Tiles’ entitled ‘Bathroom Sound’ on the LZ3 collection is one example of many).

The 2015 deluxe edition of ‘Coda’ however, bucks the trend. Here we’re offered thee disks containing about four times as much material as the original, rather thin 1982 album release of forgotten or unused Zeppelin material.

Pick of the bunch: the truly great ‘Travelling Riverside Blues’ originally recorded for John Peel’s Radio Show in 1969; the hitherto rarely heard (originally released on an old 1970 vinyl single in the US) ‘Hey Hey What can I Do?’; a couple of tracks from a 1972 session with the Bombay Orchestra strongly reminiscent of Page and Plant’s superb 1994 collection ‘No Quarter’; and rough, more bluesy and radically different versions of ‘Bring it on Home’ and ‘When the Levee Breaks’ (here titled ‘It Keeps on Raining’). There’s also an extraordinary version of ‘In the Light’ entitled ‘Everybody Makes it Through’ which eclipses the version chosen for ‘Physical Graffiti’.

To sum up: although still a mish-mash of bits and pieces from Zeppelin’s career rather than an album as such, this collection does contain a fair bit of good stuff and a few truly great moments. If you don’t have any version of ‘Coda’ in your collection, this is definitely the one to go for. The package is nice, too, with a quality triple fold-out sleeve and 16-page colour booklet.
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