Remastered re-release of the third full-length studio album by legendary British Blues Rock/Hard Rock/Folk Rock band.
"Led Zeppelin III" was one of the most eagerly awaited albums of 1970, and advance orders in the US alone were close to the million mark.
On their first two albums, Led Zeppelin unleashed a relentless barrage of heavy Blues and Rockabilly riffs, but “Led Zeppelin III” provided the band with the necessary room to grow musically. While there are still a handful of Metallic rockers, "III" is built on a Folky, acoustic foundation that gives the music extra depth.
And even the rockers aren't as straightforward as before: the galloping "Immigrant Song" is powered by Robert Plant's banshee wail, "Celebration Day" turns Blues Rock inside out with a warped slide guitar riff, and "Out on the Tiles" lumbers along with a tricky, multi-part riff. Nevertheless, the heart of the album lies on the second side, when the band delve deeply into English Folk. "Gallows Pole" updates a traditional tune with a menacing flair, and "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp" is an infectious acoustic romp, while "That's the Way" and "Tangerine" are shimmering songs with graceful country flourishes. The band hasn't left the blues behind, but the twisted bottleneck Blues of "Hats off to (Roy) Harper" actually outstrips the epic "Since I've Been Loving You," which is the only time Zeppelin sound a bit set in their ways.
"Led Zeppelin III"'s original vinyl edition was packaged in a gatefold sleeve with an innovative cover, designed by Zacron. The cover and interior gatefold art consisted of a surreal collection of seemingly random images on a white background, many of them connected thematically with flight or aviation (as in "Zeppelin"). Behind the front cover was a rotatable laminated card disc, or volvelle, covered with more images, including photos of the band members, which showed through holes in the cover. Moving an image into place behind one hole would usually bring one or two others into place behind other holes.
"Led Zeppelin III" was a trans-Atlantic #1 hit. It spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard chart, while it entered that British chart at #1 and remained there for three weeks (returning to the top for a further week on 12 December). In spite of its initially indifferent reviews and lower sales than Led Zeppelin's other early albums, "Led Zeppelin III"'s reputation has recovered considerably with the passage of time. The RIAA certified the album 2x Platinum in 1990, and 6x Platinum in 1999. Despite the album going to number 1 in the UK charts, it is the only Led Zeppelin album not to have a certification in the UK. The 2014 reissue of the album helped itself get back into the Billboard Top 10 just barely when it got to #10.
Replica of Original Sleeve - gatefold cover with working wheel! 180 g vinyl.
Atlantic Recording Corporation, a Warner Music Group Company, 1970/2014 (8122796576 / R1 535341). Made in Germany.
1. Immigrant Song 2:26
2. Friends 3:53
3. Celebration Day 3:30
4. Since I've Been Loving You 7:24
5. Out On The Tiles 4:07
1. Gallows Pole 4:57
2. Tangerine 3:11
3. That's The Way 5:37
4. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp 4:17
5. Hats Off To (Roy) Harper 3:42
Total playing time: 42:55 min.