Led Zeppelin III
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|Audio CD, Import, August 16, 1994||
Audio, Cassette, Original recording remastered, August 16, 1994
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1970's unexpectedly acoustic-oriented Led Zeppelin III is the sleeper in the band's catalog, and remains many a fan's favorite. Includes Tangerine; That's the Way; Immigrant Song; Since I've Been Loving You; Gallows Pole , and more.
After plundering the Yardbirds' legacy and Willie Dixon (among others) for their blues-riff-heavy first two albums, Jimmy Page and company surprised many listeners with the strong acoustic/folk sensibility displayed on III. Page aficionados shouldn't have been caught off guard; the guitarist had toyed with similar sensibilities and modalities during his brief tenure with the Yardbirds (most notably "White Summer" from the Little Games album). Ever the creative thieves, Zep kick off the album by nicking the riff from "Bali Ha'i" no less, with Robert Plant wailing it to punctuate the thundering FM warhorse "Immigrant Song." Even other electric rockers like "Celebration Day" and "Out on the Tiles" have an inventive, offbeat musicality to them that suggest the band was already wary of stereotyping. But it's the decidedly mellower acoustic groove of the album's latter half that's the news here, from the graceful beauty of "That's the Way" and "Tangerine" to the raw, folksy charm of "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp," "Hats Off (to Roy Harper)," and the traditional "Gallows Pole." --Jerry McCulley
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Elevated blood pressure aside, I have to say that I really appreciate the softer side of the group and find this album to be especially enjoyable. Some of my favorite Led Zeppelin tracks are on this album including the mellow acoustic track That's the Way, the melodic Tangerine, and the electrifying heavy blues/rock of Since I've Been Loving You. Come to think of it, the album is fairly diverse and is a fine example of their brand of eclectic "heavy metal". Other highlights include the (fairly early) use of the mini-moog synthesizer at the end of Friends, the drumming of John Bonham, and the acoustic guitar work of Jimmy Page.
This 1994 remaster is OK and the sound quality is not too shabby. Overall though, the CD package does not come close to the high quality of my old (and dearly departed) vinyl LP.
Unfortunately, Led Zeppelin III does not receive the acclaim of albums such as II (1969) and IV (1971), which is too bad. It seems to me that this excellent album would offer a lot to the Led Zeppelin fan; both casual and hardcore alike.
(Come on people it's all subjective, grow some skin, and possibly a spine before getting all bent over about my opinion)
LED ZEP III, i highly recommend
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