Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin III


4.5
superb

Review

by PsychicChris USER (571 Reviews)
July 26th, 2023 | 16 replies


Release Date: 1970 | Tracklist

Review Summary: *Robert Plant Norseman wailing intensifies*

As iconic as the first two Zeppelin records are, their third saw them hit a whole new level of maturity. The blues jams and reinterpretations of other people’s songs certainly still had their place, but the band is less reliant on them here. Their growing interest in folk and word music around this time is well-documented, not to mention the recording’s rustic setting, and there seems to be a concerted effort to put in more substantial songwriting overall.

With that established, it’s a little funny how out of place Immigrant Song is compared to the rest of the album. It’s a fantastic track whose signature combination of muscular chugs and battle cry no doubt played a direct hand in forming more than one metal sub-genre, but that adventurous blast is quite a contrast from the more laid back tunes ahead. The brief two minute length might end up working in its favor, allowing it to quickly blend into the background before getting too played out while leaving the listener hungry for more.

And while this is characterized as Zeppelin’s folk album, the varied moods make for a very multi-faceted experience. “Gallows Pole” adeptly gives the Zeppelin twist to a traditional ballad, injecting enough gradual heaviness and percussion to highlight the narrative’s escalation while still allowing its pastoral aura to color the experience. I also enjoy the droning exotic swells on “Friends,” the funky hoedown feel of “Celebration Day,” and the chunky yet easygoing riff set on “Out on the Tiles.” There’s some familiarity in the blues of the seven-minute “Since I’ve Been Loving You,” but it feels more grandiose and heartfelt than anything that came before it.

“That’s the Way” is a particularly overlooked track that deserves to be highlighted more. The music is sweet with its filters conveying a dreamlike mood but the lyrics are what truly make it stand out, detailing two friends that society tries to pull apart. Its theming is emotionally poignant but also open to interpretation, letting us see that there’s more to Robert Plant than his himbo hollering.

On the flip side, I’ve never been particularly enthused about the closing “Hats off to (Roy) Harper.” Its loose exercise of running through an old standard is certainly in character and the presentation fits as a low pressure way to cap things off. I’ve just always found it to be rather structurally stiff and the vocal effect gets to be a bit much.

Overall, Led Zeppelin III isn’t an album that is usually hailed among their best but it’s arguably one of the most integral to their development. It bridges the gap between the band’s youthful foundation and the more mystical efforts to come while offering its own share of classic songs and stellar deep cuts. The musicianship is as top notch as you’d expect and the broader influences are splendidly integrated. It may not be the first Zeppelin album to listen to but anybody looking to do a proper exploration can consider this essential listening.



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SomeCallMeTim
July 26th 2023


4343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

definitely one of my top 3 zep albums

CaliggyJack
July 26th 2023


10122 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

How is yjis anything less than a 5

Demon of the Fall
July 26th 2023


34863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

top 1 Zep

DominionMM1
July 26th 2023


21191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

probably my least favorite of the first 6 but it’s still fantastic

SomeCallMeTim
July 26th 2023


4343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

all the majorly electric tracks on here are actually my least favorites. my dad had the zeppelin box set and he listened to this one the most

Egarran
July 26th 2023


34535 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good and correct review.

Zac124
July 26th 2023


2901 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, probably the worst of their first 6. Some underrated tracks here though. Out On the Tiles and Gallows Poles are some of my favourite LZ songs.

e210013
July 27th 2023


5298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is another great album from them, the most acoustic and folk of the band. This is probably my fifth favourite studio album from them.

Nice review. Pos.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
July 27th 2023


16662 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn! 509 reviews. what a legend. great review PsychicChris

SomeCallMeTim
July 27th 2023


4343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

more reviews than comments o.O

e210013
July 27th 2023


5298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lol.

Hawks
July 27th 2023


90585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Led Zeppelmen

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
July 27th 2023


18997 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Immigrant Song is one of the greatest hard rock songs, on par with Highway Star

Egarran
July 27th 2023


34535 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

For me Led Zeppelin aged so much better than Deep Purple.



I blame the keyboard.



(Made In Japan is still the best live album ever.)

PsychicChris
July 28th 2023


416 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

“ more reviews than comments o.O”



You’ll have to bare with me I’m shy

CaliggyJack
July 29th 2023


10122 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah Zep aged great, deep purple.... meh



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