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Led Zeppelin III

Led Zeppelin III
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Easily one of 1970's most highly-anticipated albums, Led Zeppelin III shocked the world with acoustic songs like Friends, Gallows Pole, That's The Way and Bron-Y-Aur Stomp.

"The element of change has been the thing, really. We put out the first one, then the second... then a third LP totally different from them. It's the reason we were able to keep it together," said Jimmy Page.

For those die hard fans, songs like Immigrant Song, Celebration Day and Out On The Tiles were a familiar sound. Since I've Been Loving You, a blues tune in C minor that was recorded live in the studio, features excellent organ work by Jones and a killer solo by Jimmy Page.

This is definitely one of Led Zeppelin's most underrated albums. On the B-Side to Immigrant Song, another acoustic masterpiece, Hey Hey What Can I Do, was released as part of the first Boxed Set in 1990, twenty years after the single was released.

An advanced copy, Atlantic #ST-PR-A-157, of Gallows Pole was released to radio stations prior to release of Led Zeppelin III and clocked in with an additional 11 second outro from the final release.
Statistics

Released:
Oct. 5, 1970 (US)
Oct. 23, 1970 (UK)
Jun. 2, 2014 (Reissue)

Chart Position:
#1 (US) #1 (UK)

Certified:
Gold: Oct. 10, 1970
Multi Platinum: 6x May 3, 1999

Tracks

1. Immigrant Song
2. Friends
3. Celebration Day
4. Since I've Been Loving You
5. Out On The Tiles
6. Gallows Pole
7. Tangerine
8. That's The Way
9. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
10. Hats Off To (Roy) Harper


DELUXE EDITION BONUS DISC
1. The Immigrant Song (Alternate Mix)
2. Friends (Track, No Vocal)
3. Celebration Day (Alternate Mix)
4. Since I've Been Loving You (Rough Mix of First Recording)
5. Bathroom Sound (Out On The Tiles) (Track, No Vocal)
6. Gallows Pole (Rough Mix)
7. That's The Way (Rough Mix with Dulcimer & Backwards Echo)
8. Jennings Farm Blues (Bron-Y-Aur Stomp) (Rough Mix of All Guitar Overdubs That Day)
9. Key To The Highway / Trouble in Mind (Rough Mix)
Quick Fact

The inner spinning wheel, conceptualized by Jimmy Page and realized by Zacron, was supposed to be based on crop rotation charts. "There are some silly bits--little chunks of corn and nonsense like that," Jimmy Page said in a 1996 interview.
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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

July xx, 1969 - The band play many festivals now on their third American tour
July xx, 1970 - Additional recording for Led Zeppelin III at London’s Island Studios
July 16, 1970 - Photographer Chris Welch films Led Zeppelin on his 8mm camera, some clips later used in the Whole Lotta Love promo video
July xx, 1971 - Untitled gets re-mixed in London
July 05, 1971 - A riot erupts mid-concert, forcing Led Zeppelin to stop after about 40 minutes
July xx, 1972 - After repeated bad press, Led Zeppelin hire their first publicity firm
July 20, 1973 - A last minute decision is made to film the remaining part of the tour
July xx, 1973 - Led Zeppelin is filmed over the three nights for their film that will emerge as The Song Remains The Same
July xx, 1974 - After viewing their 1973 filmed performance, it is apparent critical errors were made
July xx, 1974 - Mixing for Physical Graffiti at Olympic Studios
July 05, 1975 - The band meet in Montreux to discuss adding South America and Japan to the end of their North American tour
July xx, 1976 - Bonham and Page fly to Montreux, Switzerland to check out some new sound and drum effects
July 17, 1977 - The last ever performance of Moby Dick played at the Seattle Kingdome
July 24, 1977 - The band plays its last US date at the Oakland Coliseum
July xx, 1978 - Led Zeppelin are invited to perform at Maggie Bell’s Festival Hall show
July xx, 1979 - Led Zeppelin film their rehearsal at Bray Studios
July 04, 1979 - Led Zeppelin confirm a second date at Knebworth in August 1979
July 05, 1980 - Simon Kirke joins in on drums for an encore in Munich
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