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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

February 7, 1962 - Deborah Bonham, sister to John, was born in Redditch, Worcestershire, England
February 23, 1966 - Warren Grant, son of Peter, was born.
February xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin enters the Billboard Top 40
February 16, 1969 - Led Zeppelin wrap up their first American tour in Baltimore, MD.
February 07, 1970 - Edinburgh gig cancelled after Plant receives facial injuries in a car accident
February 28, 1970 - The band performs as "The Nobs" in Copenhagen after threat of legal action from Countess Von Zeppelin
February xx, 1971 - John Paul Jones involved in legal issues regarding a musician who shares the same name
February xx, 1971 - Overdubs for the fourth album are recorded at Island Studios
February 14, 1972 - The band is refused admission into Singapore due to their long hair
February 16, 1972 - The Australian tour begins in Perth
February 21, 1972 - Led Zeppelin: Rock and Roll b/w Four Sticks (Atlantic 45-2865) 45 single is released in the US.
February xx, 1973 - The band makes final preparations for the European tour
February 16, 1973 - The release date for Houses Of The Holy is pushed back due to some sleeve problems
February xx, 1974 - Sessions for Physical Graffiti continue
February 14, 1974 - Page, Plant and Bonham attend a Roy Harper concert
February 04, 1975 - Zeppelin perform a last minute show at Nassau Coliseum to accomodate fans after being banned in Boston
February 24, 1975 - Physical Graffiti finally issued worldwide to phenomenal sales
February xx, 1976 - Media reports that Zeppelin are due to release an album entitled Obelisk
February xx, 1977 - Robert contracts a bout of tonsillitis postponing the American tour
February xx, 1978 - Robert Plant helps produce a record for punk band Dansette Damage
February 16, 1978 - The cases against Bonham, Cole & Grant stemming from the Oakland incident are heard and all receive suspended prison sentences and fines
February xx, 1979 - Although absent from the US stage or market, Led Zeppelin rank best in many music magazine categories
February xx, 1979 - Mixing sessions for In Through The Out Door take place at Polar Studios. Rumors fly of a European tour
February 03, 1980 - Robert joins Dave Edmund’s Rockpile at the Birmingham Top Rank
February 13, 2005 - Led Zeppelin receives a Grammy for Lifetime Achievment.
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