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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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December 16, 1968 - Zep plays Bath Pavilion for a mere £75.
December 26, 1968 - First American concert at the Coliseum in Denver, CO
December xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are reported to have sold 5 million dollars worth of albums in the US
December 11, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are presented gold and platinum discs for their first two albums
December xx, 1970 - The band enters Island Studios to begin work on the fourth album
December xx, 1971 - The band plays a few low-key shows back in England
December 23, 1972 - The band break for Christmas holiday after a London gig
December xx, 1973 - John Paul Jones works on studio productions for Madeline Bell
December xx, 1973 - Joe Massot films Jimmy Page’s fantasy sequence at Loch Ness
December 19, 1974 - John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page jam with Bad Company at the Rainbow Theater
December 10, 1975 - Led Zeppelin play a 45-minute show with Norman Hale at Behan’s in Jersey
December xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin rehearses for the 1977 tour
December 25, 1976 - It’s announced that Plant and Bonham will reunite with the Band of Joy for three shows in the new year
December xx, 1977 - The band minus Robert gather to discuss Led Zeppelin’s future plans
December xx, 1978 - The new album is completed quickly at Polar Studios and mixed at Jimmy’s Plumpton Studio
December xx, 1979 - John Bonham considers joining Paul McCartney’s Wings
December 29, 1979 - The band minus Jimmy Page attend the Paul McCartney And Wings Kampuchea befefit show
December 04, 1980 - Led Zeppelin issue the following statement not to carry on as a band: "We wish it to be known, that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the deep sense of harmony felt by ourselves and our manager have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were."
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