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Led Zeppelin: Presence / In Through The Out Door / Coda

Album Review

Fabled lost tracks. Wholly new versions of classics. Final trio of reissues unearths the diamonds.

And so to the third act, the denouement; the last tranche of reissues wherein the mothership’s fins had started to loosen, and a slow, drawn-out decline ensued. At least that’s how the conventional narrative has it, but like many narratives, it only reveals a partial truth.

It’s one that’s expanded upon here and given a shift in perspective by a striking collection of working mixes and a pair of previously unknown instrumentals, one of which – the peculiarly titled 10 Ribs & All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod) – is so unlike anything else in the canon, an aural double-take and a quick check of your source is the only honest initial response.

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