Best Sellers From The ’70s: Led Zeppelin’s “In Through The Out Door”

Led Zeppelin - In Through The Out Door (Swan Song, 1979)

Led Zeppelin - In Through the Out Door (Swan Song, 1979)

It wasn’t critically acclaimed, but [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Led Zeppelin[/lastfm]’s last album with John Bonham, In Through the Out Door, was still a hit with fans.

Though “In the Evening” was typically bombastic floor-stomping Led Zeppelin, and “Carouselambra” and “I’m Gonna Crawl” contained the essence of Physical Graffiti, there was too much trickery going on for most critics to sign off on this August 1979 release (not the least of which was the first Zep tune to include a (gasp!) synthesizer, “All of My Love”).

To add to the gimmickry, the band chose to wrap the set in a brown paper cover and include a sepia-toned inner jacket that turned color when brushed with water. All in all, perhaps not their finest moment, but a big seller nonetheless, moving 6 million copies over the last 30+ years.

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