Interesting times for the band. In Through the Out Door was the band’s eighth studio recorded over a three week period in November and December 1978 at ABBA’s Polar Studios in Sweden and released on 15 August 1979. The recording was the band’s sixth and final release to reach the top of the charts in the US, and the last before the death of drummerJohn Bonham in 1980.
The album’s title was a reflection on the band’s struggles amidst the death ofRobert Plant’s son 1977, and the taxation exilethe band took from the UK as a result of the Harold Wilson and James Callaghan administrations, which also affected The Rolling Stones which recorded Exile on Main St. in France. The exile resulted in the band being unable to tour on British soil for over two years, and trying to get back into the public mind was therefore like “trying to get in through the ‘out’ door.