9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unjustly Slated: Up There With The First Two
Led Zeppelin III...For many years, this has been regarded as a weaker album in Zeppelin's output from '69 - '75, however, that tag seems to have rightly dropped now. Sure, this has a more accoustic/folk feel to it ( espicially on the old side two), but the accoustic numbers are powerful in their own right and when the electric stuff rocks, it's up there with the first two...
Published on 31 Oct 2009 by Tommo 18/7 ©
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Seriously what's going on here...
Seriously what's going on here with these 'remasters'. Its obviously 5 stars for the phenomenal music on show here, as is the case with most Zeppelin albums, except 'In Through The Outdoor' and 'Coda' (4 and 3 stars respectively), but I am still not sure why these albums had to be remastered again and that too with some questionable retuning on some songs.
Published 27 days ago by K. Wadehra
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album remastered as it SHOULD be done,
I'm not reviewing Led Zep III the album, so much as the Deluxe 2 CD Edition.
Led Zep III, with the wonderful Since I've Been Loving You, is a great album, which I've had and loved on vinyl for years.
Some time ago I bought the single CD digitally remastered version, and the sound was thin, with all the bass sucked out, and sounded nowhere near as good as the vinyl version.
This 2 CD version is in a different league. Superbly remastered (by a certain J Page) with a lovely open, detailed sound, bass is still present and NO COMPRESSION!!
The sound quality of this is SO good it may actually be better than the vinyl version (gasp!)
The other selling point I suppose is the second CD with the additional tracks, but for me its well worth the price just to get the superb sound quality, which apparently Jimmy's also done with the first two Zep albums (which are next on my shopping list
46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated defined,
Following on from the heavy blues offerings from the first two quality Zeppelin albums, this was probably easy to slate at the time and I believe it was. I'm so glad that this has now got the recognition it so rightly deserves. It's packed with classics; Immigrant Song, Since I've Been Loving You, Gallows Pole, Tangerine, That's the Way, Bron-Y-Aur-Stomp et al. Much more folky than blues, it's atrue masterpiece and currently my fave Led Zep long player.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...That's The Way..." - Led Zeppelin III by LED ZEPPELIN (2014 2CD DELUXE EDITION),
I suspect like many fans - I bought all three of these 2CD DELUXE EDITIKNS on the day of release (Monday 2 June 2014 here in the UK). And after the initial disappointment of the "Led Zeppelin" debut version with its questionable sound on some tracks and its rubbish bootleg-sounding live bonus disc - I'm thrilled to say that "II" and "III" are entirely different beasts.
For me it's not the more applauded and revered "II" that tickles my spine - but the fabulous 'Acoustic' expansion of the British Super Group's songwriting chops on "III" that puts them head and shoulders above all the rest. This beauty has always made my eyes water and my quadruple bypass beat a little faster. Well - "III" now sounds fabulous - and the 'Companion Audio' CD actually warrants the word 'bonus' with some truly spine-tingling new additions. Here are the Tiny Flowers and Hangman Riding Many A Mile details...
UK released 2 June 2014 (3 June in the USA) - Atlantic/Swan Song 8122796449 breaks down as follows...
Disc 1 (43:11 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 10 are the vinyl album "Led Zeppelin III" - originally released 5 October 1970 in the USA on Atlantic SD-7291 and Atlantic 2401 002 in the UK
Disc 2 (41:33 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 9 are PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED 'Rough/Alternate Mixes' of Seven album tracks with two New Songs - the Instrumental "Jennings Farm Blues" (which turns out to be an early version of "Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp") and a stunning new double cover-version outtake called "Keys To The Highway/Trouble In Mind".
As luck would have it - the placing of the rear cover "III" photo in the centre inside flap with the gatefold of the original LP on the left and right flap - and the moveable 'wheel sleeve' of the original vinyl LP reproduced on the outside - gives quite a textural impact - it's beautiful in short. This has to be one of the loveliest repro's I've ever seen (though my Japanese 2012 SHM-CD repro isn't going anywhere soon). The Green and Orange coloured CDs themselves are placed in the centre and left flaps (with the inlay).
The 3-way gatefold card sleeve also features alternative colour artwork on the rear with a stuck-on track list (these new releases now reflect their Swan Song label as well as Atlantic Records for the first time). The 16-page booklet has gorgeous black and white/colour photos of the band live at the time (the three sat doing an Acoustic set), relaxing in Wales in the tiny knackered-looking 18th Century Cottage 'Bron-Yr-Aur' where much of the album was written/inspired by. But like "I" and "II" - there are only two pages at the rear that give you the basic track info - bugger all else. There's no liner notes - no history of the album and its importance (a huge fan favourite) - and nothing from Page or Plant. It's good - but it could have been great - and frankly why isn't it?
As Zep fans know the album was conceived in deepest Wales where the band was recovering after extensive world touring (recorded in Headley Grange). Perhaps all that head-banging abroad and rural lack of running water/electricity brought out the 'inner calm' in our heroes - because setting aside the Rock of "Immigrant Song" and the straight-up Blues of "Since I've Been Loving You" - the album primarily featured softer acoustic tracks (ballads even) - and is so much the better for it.
I moaned about the sound quality on some tracks on the debut - that problem doesn't appear here. From the opening "1, 2, 3..." count-in on "The Immigrant Song" you'll be hammering those Speaker Gods of yours with a possible neighborhood disturbance restraining order. It's HUGE. The double-whammy "Friends/Celebration Day" leaps out of each channel with new details while the squeaking of Bonham's drum seat can now be clearly heard on the lead-in to the mighty "Since I've Been Loving You". Ending Side 1 - "Out On The Tiles" has wonderful presence - especially on the "All I need is you and all your love...ooh yeah" sung chorus.
Now the magic starts - "Gallows Pole" has always sent fans - and 44 years later - it just blows you away. The mandolin and banjo build up are followed with Bonzo's manic drums - shooting the whole Acoustic/Rock song up into the stratosphere - fantastic stuff and aurally spiffing. "Tangerine" is gorgeous and the sloppy count-in only adds atmosphere to the tenderness. But then I'm in tears. I recently reviewed Mott The Hoople's 1974 CBS album "The Hoople" with the gorgeous Ian Hunter ballad "Trudi's Song" on it. It got me to compiling a 70's FEST CD-R called "Songs To Make A Grown Man Cry" (see separate review and list). Top of that bawl-crawl is Led Zeppelin's gorgeous "That's The Way" - which in its new 2014 guise will make true fans blub like a big girl's blouse. This is what I've waited decades to hear (Cameron Crowe too). And then it all ends with a chipper "Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp" and the slightly throwaway "Hats Off To (Roy) Harper". Job done.
But there's better to come. Disc 2 is a stunning addition. You get Alternate Mixes of "The Immigrant Song" and "Celebration Day" with Rough Mixes of "Since I've Been Loving You" and "Gallows Pole" - all of which feature fascinating different guitar parts and the occasional vocal flourish. "Bathroom Sound" is an early run through of "Out On The Tiles" without vocals and "Jennings Farm Blues" turns out to be a first version of "Misty Mountain Hop" with Page feeling for the song (it's very cool). But then you're hit with a solar plexus - the fabulous Big Bill Broonzy/Big Joe Turner double cover of "Key To The Highway/Trouble In Mind". It's a two-man show - Page on Acoustic guitar in the left speaker with Plant on treated warbling vocals and heavy harmonica on the right. It's just stunning - with Robert Plant blowing some truly hair-raising Blues Harp - fans will flip for it. Downside - the fab non-album B-side "Hey Hey What Can I Do Now" to the American 45 of "Immigrant Song" is AWOL - when in remastered form - it would have been a rather tasty cherry on top.
So there you have it. Not just brilliant but a legend intact and expanding.
Were Led Zeppelin really as good as we remember them? And in 1970 - were they even the best band in the world?
You bet your hairy-assed airship-sized balls they were...
PS: see also reviews for the 2CD DELUXE EDITION versions of "I" and "II"
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The very best of the best...,
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I only got into Led Zeppelin pretty recently, on the strength of Dazed and Confused, Whole Lotta Love, Immigrant Song and Stairway to Heaven.Of all six "great" Led Zep albums I can say without the slightest hesitation that Led Zeppelin III is the best; II comes close, but this is the best, with a perfect blend of hard(ish)rock (Immigrant Song), folky(ish) rock (Friends, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp)and pure blues (Since I've Been Loving You). It's hard to describe LZ unless you've already heard them, but suffice to say that if you like any other LZ material this is the best slice of LZ that money can buy.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That's the way,
This review is from: Led Zeppelin III [VINYL REPLICA] (Audio CD)
I would rather listen to this so-called 'underrated' album on repeat for fifty years than listen to 95% of modern chart music. If there's anything to appreciate about Led Zeppelin above anything else, it's their diversity - rock, blues, folk, African rhythms, you name it, they're not sticking to one genre. Robert Plant has demonstrated time and time again through the Zep years and in his solo career that music shouldn't be static, the boundaries should always be pushed. My advice, buy this album in order to get a taste of Led Zeppelin doing everything. It's a shame this album wasn't appreciated for what it is when it was released. Oh well, that's the way...
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Significant 2014 upgrade for Led Zeppelin III,
The original LZ3 LP occupies the first disc. In common with the remastered LZ1 and LZ2 CD's reissued at the same time, it represents a substantial improvement in sound. There is noticeably more detail and clout, and the overall timbre has never sounded more nuanced. The extras on disc 2 are, in my opinion, marginally better than those on LZ2 and flagrantly superior to the lo-fi quality radio broadcast on the LZ1 release. The remix of Immigrant Song is less cluttered and retains a boxer's punch. There are no fewer than 3 new titles, and - while revealing some familiar riffs - these give a window into Led Zeppelin's recording, rehearsing and songwriting processes. When the excitement generated by the new material has died down, this release will be judged again on the merit of the original album. It's a stonewall classic. It took enormous courage to break from the thunderous heaviness that dominated the first 2 albums. No fewer than 6 of the 10 cuts are acoustic ones. Many such offerings by rock bands are tokenistic ballads, but the ones here are steeped in American Blues and English folk. The dramatic strings from Holst's Mars are borrowed to stunning effect on Friends. And Gallows Pole incrementally intensifies toward a mesmerizing, joyful finale. That's The Way is so at odds with the sonic brutality sometimes evident on the first 2 albums that it's hard to believe it's the same musicians at work. Of the 'electric' songs, Immigrant Song is a 2 minute cataclysm, while Since I've Been Loving You may be the most stirring minor key Blues ever. Jimmy Page's guitar-playing is remarkable throughout: on the acoustic material he plays in standard, open C, C6, open F and open G tunings - so much for sticking a drippy acoustic ballad in as filler. But more than anything, I came away from revisiting this album staggered by the quality of Robert Plant's singing. These songs demand a range of moods, subtleties and a high level of musical intelligence regarding the various genres. He nails each song, one after the other. Subjectively, LZ3 is not my favourite Led Zeppelin record. But, objectively, this is a masterpiece.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't forget the rest but this is the best,
Hmm when did I first hear Led Zep - certainly at least 30 years ago - probably 1972/3 when an older brother bought Houses of the Holy. Within 18 months I had the whole back catalogue & watched over the course of the late 1970's in sorrow & dismay as they slowly subsided through Presence and the awful (sorry its true) In Through the Outdoor - thankfully they redeeemed themsleves in '79 at Knebworth.Anyway to the matter in hand - what is all this nonsense about Volumes 2 or 4 being the best Led Zep album? It is a close call with Physical Graffiti (if only due to the volume of material) but Led Zep III does it for me every time. SIDE 1: The opening Immigrant Song is one of the finest moments in Rock Music History (clearly Jimmy Page thinks so too if you have a copy of How the West Was Won where it is the introductory track). We then groove into the slightly strange & off colour Friends - never fails to raise those goose pimples. Into Celebration Day -a typical Zeppelin rocker and then my favourite, favourite, favourite ever Zeppelin song the unbelievabley bluesy Since I've Been Loving You. I only have 1,000 words to play with and they are simply not enough. Led Zeppelins finest hour - it encapsulates everything good they ever did with absolutely stunning performances from all 4 members of the band - I can (& do) listen to it time & again. Next up Out on the Tiles is perhaps the only track approaching a filler on the Album but is still a good fun rocky workout. SIDE 2: Well, well, well it all goes a little strange - no more distorted amplified guitars - it is (mostly) acoustic loveliness for track after track after track - I still can't work it out 30 years on - is Tangerine my favourite or is it Thats the Way? Bron-Y -Aur Stomp is just a good time romp & shows how different Led Zeppelin were from their lumpish 1970 contemporaries - yes they had a sense of humour! It all finishes with an anarchic shotgun shack acoustic blues called Hats off to Roy Harper although said gentleman isn't anywhere to be seen. Anyone approaching Led Zeppelin via their legend as the 'first heavy metal band' will be utterly bemused by all of this of course but that is because they were more than just a heavy metal band - but hey we all know that don't we?
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Led Zep 3 Re-mastered Vinyl 2014: `Hats Off to Atlantic Records',
This review is from: Led Zeppelin III [Deluxe Edition Remastered Vinyl] (Vinyl)
The first of the three re-masters vinyl to arrive. There seems to be some release delay on Led Zep 1 and 2. So for Led Zep 3, we get the original vinyl re-mastered by Jimmy Page and an album of remixes and a couple of out-takes pressed on heavy weight vinyl (my copies 200g album and 190g - extra disc).
It has a substantial heavy weight cardboard cover with insert to take the extra disc tasteful restored as per original front cover, slide circular window disk. Two inner sleeves including plastic antistatic release sheets to further protect the vinyl on releasing from the sleeve (excellent, hats off to Atlantic records for including these). Both records are flat and surface noise minimum.
I compared the re-mastered album to my original copy from 1970 on the same equipment and amp settings. The re-master is cleaner, crisper and improved clarity of the instruments across the sound stage and more enhanced lower frequency sound (bass, drums etc). The original has increased higher end sonic presence and vocals are more pronounced in the mix, but overall the re-master is very easy listening and more refined. I still believe this album is very under rated in the Led Zep collection no doubt because of the very high standards of other albums they made.
The Companion disc is interesting and certainly for the die-hard Zep fan. For me the outstanding track is the rough mix of `Since I've been loving you' it's absolutely magic, if this is a song you like then the rough version adds a different feel to this great song. Overall the other songs are a welcome addition if not essentially any ground breaking gems from the vault. The sonic quality on this companion disc is also very good.
In conclusion, fully recommended even if you have the original, the re-master gives a different take without sounding like a compressed digital cut. The companion is worth having even though they are no new ground breaking material available.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hats Off to Zeppelin,
This is my favourite Led Zeppelin album, and that is really saying something! That opening track is classic, and 'Friends' is really special. Everybody has heard Immigrant Song, and many will have heard Since I've Been Loving You- if you liked them, you will love this. It's the softest of their studio albums, mainly because it was written in a derelict cottage not a million miles from where I'm typing this. I actually went to Bron-yr-Aur in September, and it rained. A lot. But it was really inspirational too.
Bron yr Aur is my favourite song on this album, it has a really lively feel. Basically, this album is brilliant, really underrated, but it's good to keep it that way or it will go the same way as Led 4. Everybody who calls themselves a zeppelin fan cannot fail to buy this album, there are some real gems here, like the psychedelia of Hats off to Roy Harper, the beautiful Tangerine, and the out and out rock and roll of Gallows Pole, Out on the Tiles, and Celebration Day.
Basically, im telling you to buy this album- you can't go wrong for under a tenner!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars We want 'Hey Hey What Can I Do'!,
I completely agree with the comments about the ridiculous omission of the B-side of 'Immigrant Song'. What on earth are they up to? Please please don't let it be 1) they forgot or 2) they think there's more cash in it somewhere down the line. I'm not buying this great album for a third time without it. I've already paid for vinyl and the original CD release. We want 'Hey Hey What Can I Do'!
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