Led Zeppelin – Coda – Our Shootout Winner from 2010

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame and another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

TWO GREAT SIDES and QUIET VINYL on this Swan Song pressing, one of the few good sounding copies we’ve ever played. We just sat down with the dozen-plus copies of Coda that made it through our preliminary round and only found a few that were worth writing home around. Most copies are too dry, grainy, and/or dull to get excited about, but this one is a MONSTER.

The best material on here — We’re Gonna Groove, Poor Tom, and the great live take of I Can’t Quit You Baby, just to name a few of our favorites — sounds darn good.

Of course, this probably isn’t — and shouldn’t be — anyone’s favorite Zep album. That doesn’t mean it’s not worth your time. Drop the needle on the smoldering version of I Can’t Quit You Baby and I’m pretty sure you’ll be a happy man.

Both sides have great energy, good presence to the vocals, and more extension up top than we heard elsewhere. It’s also a very transparent copy, and there’s real weight to the bottom end. The best copies open up a bit more and have a little more tubey magic.

Guaranteed to make mincemeat out of the Classic Records pressing or your money back!

TRACK LISTING

Side One

We’re Gonna Groove
Poor Tom
I Can’t Quit You Baby
Walter’s Walk

Side Two

Ozone Baby
Darlene
Bonzo’s Montreux
Wearing and Tearing

AMG Review

An odds-and-sods collection assembled after John Bonham’s death, Coda is predictably a hit-or-miss affair. The best material comes from later in Led Zeppelin’s career, including the ringing folk stomp of “Poor Tom,” the jacked-up ’50s rock & roll of “Ozone Baby,” and their response to punk rock, the savage “Wearing and Tearing.

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