Fans were still reeling when Coda arrived in ’82, bringing some solace and provoking countless smiles of recognition upon hearing the unmistakable sound of Bonham pummeling a drum kit. But this was no posthumous cash-in, and these were no slouches; these unreleased 1970–78 recordings introduced some instant classics to the Led Zep oeuvre, and every track rocks: the coulda-been-a-hit Darlene; the vintage Zeppelin raging rockers We’re Gonna Groove; Ozone Baby; Walter’s Walk, and Wearing and Tearing; the acoustic gem Poor Tom; their memorable visit to the blues classic I Can’t Quit You Baby, and the Bonham solo Bonzo’s Montreaux. The super-deluxe box adds a high-quality album print and photo-packed 72-page hardbound book, just like the other reissues here. But you’ll notice an extra disc in all the deluxe and super-deluxe Coda editions. That’s because there’s double the bonus material here, starting with Hey, Hey, What Can I Do and Travelling Riverside Blues (BBC session) plus Poor Tom (instrumental); We’re Gonna Groove (alternate mix); If It Keeps On Raining (rough mix of When the Levee Breaks), and Baby Come On Home and Sugar Mama from their first album’s sessions. The additional disc of treasures: rough mixes of Walter’s Walk; Bring It On Home; Everybody Makes It Through (In the Light); Desire (The Wanton Song), and the song St. Tristan’s Sword (from the Led Zeppelin III sessions). Lastly, you’ll hear Friends and Four Hands (Four Sticks) with the Bombay Orchestra, recorded in ’72 during Plant and Page’s fabled trip to India! Atlantic.
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