LED ZEPPELIN

(UNITED KINGDOM)

III

(1970)
LABEL:

ATLANTIC RECORDS

GENRE:

HARD ROCK

TAGS:
Old School
"Led Zeppelin offers us an album a little more (too?) wise but which will reveal itself thereafter during the concerts."
PETER HACKETT (22.05.2008)  
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Just remember .... it's the beginning of October '70 and your Led Zep II is worn out from too much turning on your 'Tepaz' for almost a year. The last notes of Bring Me Home still haunt your eardrums as you return from your favorite record store with the new opus of the founders of hard rock. You feverishly unwrap the 30 centimeters of a psychedelic decorated cover, a collage of butterflies, birds and other flying objects sometimes cigaroid. The upper side is pierced with 5 or 6 holes of unequal size that let you see the colored drawings that decorate a cardboard disc that turns between the two layers of this amazing, ever-changing cover.

As soon as the arm and its diamond tip comes into contact with the black disk on the record player, a heady riff emerges from the speakers of your (almost Hi-Fi) stereo. Robert Plant launches a cry which will quickly become a must of the Zeppelinian concerts and, without really feeling the time elapsing, you are already at the end of 2'25 of this Immigrant Song, torn between the desire to put it back and discover the next track ...

The next one is Friends, a song with Indian sounds that lets us foresee the direction that Led Zeppelin will take in the years to come (but we didn't know that at the time!). For the fans of the blues side of Led Zeppelin's music, this third opus is a gem, Since I've Been Loving You, where Master Jimmy lets loose in a solo (one more !) which will mark the history of hard-rock, mixing the moans of his guitar to those of the voice of an inhabited Robert Plant.

If Led Zeppelin is known for its incisive rock hits, the group does not despise to visit other musical regions and the Celtic spirit haunts this third album thanks to a frenzied Gallows Pole where the electric guitar gives way to the mandolin and the banjo, and a Bron-Y-Aur Stomp that would make a legless stamp his foot. Tangerine is another pearl set in the heart of this album, which will be revealed during the concerts because, like other titles present here (That's The Way or Friends) the compositions of this "III" could seem too wise for the fans expecting a muscular successor for the previous album. The flame of Led Zeppelin is here brought back to an incandescence smoldering under a false sweetness. This too wise third album will remain a solid framework for all the shows of the group.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Immigrant Song - 02:25)
02. Friends - 03:54
03. Celebration Day - 03:29
04. Since I've Been Loving You - 07:23
05. Out On The Tiles - 04:07
06. Gallows Pole - 04:56
07. Tangerine - 03:10
08. That's The Way - 05:37
09. Bron-y-aur Stomp - 04:16
10. Hats Off To (roy) Harper - 03:42

LINEUP:
Jimmy Page: Guitares
John Bonham: Batterie
John Paul Jones: Basse / Claviers
Robert Plant: Chant / Harmonica
   
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