Episode 13: In Through the Out Door by Led Zeppelin


Risk or Rut?

To coincide with the upcoming release of the deluxe edition of Led Zeppelin’s In Through The Out Door, we decided to revisit the album that marked the end of their career,  and which remains the most divisive album of the legendary rock group’s discography.  Dogged by break-up rumours and declining record sales, In Through The Out Door was the band’s tentative response to a changing musical landscape. In this episode, we discuss the album’s production and its critical and commercial reception, while speculating on what might have been had the band stuck around for the 80’s.   Each song will also be critically assessed.

Originally released: August 15th, 1979.

(Listen to the songs we talk about on this episode’s Spotify playlist HERE)


The Second Spin


  1. I’m really enjoying this episode, and look forward to checking out more – thanks! I do wonder if you have the phenomena of “classic rock radio” over there…anybody stateside would think twice before saying the inclusion of South Bound Suarez was “grasping at straws”, no matter how much it was disliked, simply because it still gets substantial radio play some 35 years later. “Any band would be lucky to have it” would probably be more accurate, in terms of popularity at least.

    • We have Classic Rock format stations in Australia, but they don’t dig deep and play tracks like “South Bound Suarez”. If you’re lucky, you’ll get the single edit of “Whole Lotta Love” or “Stairway To Heaven”. Glad you enjoyed the episode. Check out the follow up episode where we look at Coda. – Luke

  2. I’ll fully admit I was never a Led Zeppelin fan, but my Dad will love this!

  3. My Dad hasn’t listened to this yet, but I managed to a day or so ago. Damn, you guys were brutal towards this album!

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