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This one you'll learn to love,
This review is from: Led Zeppelin III (Audio CD)
In some ways it's very strange that Led Zepplin 3 gets so little recognition compared to Led Zeppelin's other records. Why do i say this? Because, chronologically, this album is right smack in the middle of Led Zeppelin's 4 mega records (1,2,untitled, and houses of the holy, not to mention Physical Graffiti). Then again when listeing to this album it's easy to see why maybe this one wasn't and isn't as popular. It certainly is a different record then the other ones that surround it. Different because it is not as heavy, and relies much more on the acoustic guitar. However, it is still pure Led Zeppelin. Unlike Zep's last two efforts, 3 still has that hardcore blues taste with a metalic twist on it that only Zepplein could provide. In fact, now that i think about, this album really should be rated just as high as their other 5.
At one point, I would often skip this one when listeing to my rotation of Zeppelin albums. I had always ignored it because of what other people said and because of a couple unattentive listenings. But after getting tired of listening to the same Led Zeppelin album, 3 along with "In through the out door" began to grow on me. Now i can't stop listeing to either of them. The same thing happened to me with the doors' waiting for the sun and soft parade.
Anyway, about this record, not one of these songs is weak, even the seemingly (among my friends at least) unpopular "Hats off to Roy Harper". Sure this song is a little weird, but i just can't help but sing-along with its great bluesy feel. Immigrant Song and Since I've been Lovin you are obviously classics, and Out on the tiles is a very underrated riff from Page n' company. Friends/Celebration Day is excellent as well. But the best songs from this masterpiece are the 4 acoustic pieces that i have yet to mention, two of them are ballads, and two are fast paced, honky, tonky, whatever you want to call them, go getters. I'm talking about (take me to the) GALLOWS POLE. A great song which gets faster and faster and makes you want to just clap and tap your feet like theres no tomorrow. Bron-Yr-Aur STOMP has a similar effect, as you can tell by the title. And the other songs i need to mention are Tangerine and That's the way, two wonderful ballads that are really Led's most underrated pieces. When the dust settles, that is to say after you've heard the likes of Stairway to heaven, all my love, and Ten Years Gone, these two here are this band's truly masterful ballads. I want to go in to how beautiful they are but it's just too difficult to describe. So instead i'm just gonna tell you to buy this album if you know some Led Zeppelin stuff. If you don't you should probably start out with something more Zeppy like 1,2 or untitled, but eventually you won't be able to deny the intrigue of Led Zepplein 3, its fascinating cover, and its peculiar absence from the discussion of immortal rock albums.