Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin III


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by Nicholas Johnson USER (5 Reviews)
September 28th, 2011 | 31 replies | 3,883 views


Release Date: 1970 | Tracklist

Review Summary: When people give you weird looks for saying this is your favourite of the tight first 4, remind them that a Led Zeppelin represents a combination of both heavy and light, and has to shed its weight on occasion.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

I find it interesting that a band like Led Zeppelin, who have been part of the epic contention for the title of "Forefathers of heavy metal" can still maintain and nurture a wide selection of acoustic songs. In their third effort in just over 18 months critics and Ledheads were treated to a nearly completely acoustic album as a highly unexpected follow-up to I and II. Today it's highly unsurprising to hear of a Metal band going acoustic for a little bit - maybe this explains why I was in awe of Opeth's Blackwater park for reasons other than hearing electric and nylon guitars in the same 10-12 minute epic, which, now that I really stop and think about, is an awesome idea.

Today metal can go in any direction it likes; we've witnessed the creation of millions of little niche genres, like "nintendocore". While some, like this one, offer little to no musical merit, and don't appeal to anyone over the age of 15 with their natural hair colour, it says something about metal's ability to transcend and re-invent itself. However I don't think Led Zeppelin set out to be the forefathers of metal; they would have set out to showcase as much diverse musicianship as they could, and, if it took them a couple of albums to get around to fulfilling such an aspiration, then you can't really complain - how many sophomore/junior albums have you heard where bands are suddenly adding strings and orchestral passages to their songs? That's the sound of a band's secondary agenda, not the sound of inconsistency or self-indulgence.

So now you're convinced that Led Zeppelin III is no longer underrated or frowned upon simply because it's acoustic; it's a key component of Led Zep's repertoire that still makes appearances on setlists in recent times. It's hard to remember that I and III are only 18 months apart in release date. Today we pine for such frequent material turnover. Therefore, when you remember that this album came out in late 1970, all the folk influences are suddenly justified. Each song on III is just as appropriately Zeppelin as anything on their prior two albums, even offering, as the others did, an appropriation or "cover" of a folk song that goes by many names - appearing on this album under the name "Gallows Pole". Equally welcome are the almost bluegrass style influences that surface in songs like Bron-Y-Aur Stomp and Tangerine. Furthermore, Immigrant Song, Out On The Tiles and Celebration day are still staple setlist tracks. Songs like this are ultimately cherished a whole lot more when they're on an album with 6 acoustic tracks.

Led Zeppelin II's blatantly perverse innuendo and awesome chops would have still been lingering at the time as well, so to introduce an album like this just a year later would or should have left people in even more awe of this band's astounding musical span. All you have to do is look at the album cover, and you should work out pretty quickly that this is a game-changing album, that should not come unexpected. There are hints of it all through the first two releases. After all, what are Zeppelin's designed to do but float?


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RosaParks
September 28th 2011



14864 Comments


yea this rules.
posd

FatChickIrl
September 28th 2011



4096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Idk why anybody would give wierd looks cuz u like Zep

Ire
September 28th 2011



41754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah um


zep are kinda popular now

mallen-
September 28th 2011



1235 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

my favorite zeppelin

KILL
September 28th 2011



71566 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

worst of the big 4

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

Jethro42
September 28th 2011



12402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My 7th favorite.

pissbore
September 28th 2011



9935 Comments


no way man this aint the worst this album just slays in a different way, in the right mood this is the best zep album

twlichty
September 28th 2011



3407 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

such a 5, great work man

pos

Jethro42
September 28th 2011



12402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Led Zeppelin is 5/5 in my heart. Especially in their live performances.

Ire
September 28th 2011



41754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah they're better live than on record

Jethro42
September 28th 2011



12402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They're totally #1 Live. Ever.
I've missed their ''In Through the Out Door's'' tour by a hair in 1980 'cos of Bonzo's death. Shhhhhhit!

BornIIHula
September 28th 2011



18 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I read your comment about that on an ITtOD review, that sucks man. You'll probably see my comment on that review but listening to that album is kind of sad, when you consider the struggles the band was going through, and you can hear they're slowly on their way out. I don't know what it is about synths but they just sound really sombre too.

twlichty
September 28th 2011



3407 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i'm seeing way too many sickeningly low ratings from you users

Ire
September 28th 2011



41754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

no 3-3.5 is right

EyesWideShut
September 28th 2011



3134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

my fav Zep album actually. Sucka

TheNotrap
September 29th 2011



8042 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

WE COME FROM THE LAND OF THE ICE AND SNOW

Digging: Accept - Blind Rage

Piglet
September 29th 2011



4653 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

FROM THE MIDNAAITE SUN WHERE THE HOT SPRRIIIINGS BLOOWWW

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
September 29th 2011



20464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome album.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 29th 2011



17204 Comments


this is their best album

Jethro42
September 29th 2011



12402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

their 7th best
edit; ^just no.



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