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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

May 31, 1948 - John Henry Bonham was born at Redditch, Worchestershire
May xx, 1969 - The band’s debut album enters the US Top 10
May xx, 1969 - Recording sessions for Led Zeppelin II begin
May xx, 1970 - The band works on new material at Bron-Y-Aur
May 03, 1971 - Richard Cole jams on Whole Lotta Love playing congas
May xx, 1972 - Houses Of The Holy recording sessions on location at Stargroves and Olympic studios
May 27, 1972 - Warm-up gigs kick off in Holland for an upcoming American tour
May 04, 1973 - Led Zeppelin gross nearly $250,000 for their performance in Atlanta, GA
May 05, 1973 - 56,800 attend the second show of the 1973 US tour at Tampa. This sets a record for the largest attendance for a one-act performance, previously held by the Beatlesfor their Shea Stadium show in 1965
May 10, 1974 - Swan Song Records is officially launched
May 11, 1974 - Led Zeppelin attend an Elvis concert and are thrilled when Elvis announces that Led Zeppelin is in the building
May 10, 1975 - Showco ships their PA system and video screens for the Earls Court shows from Dallas to London
May 23, 1976 - Page and Plant join Bad Company onstage at the LA Forum
May 21, 1977 - The Houston Summit claims $500,000 in damages to their venue caused by rowdy fans
May xx, 1978 - The band reunite at Clearwater Castle to rehearse
May 22, 1979 - It is officially announce that Led Zeppelin will headline at the Knebworth Festival in August
May 15, 1980 - After many revisions the European tour dates are finalized and the band is scheduled to open in Germany
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