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Led Zeppelin 3 [CASSETTE] Original recording remastered, Import
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I bought this album in the week of it's original release, back in the early 70s, and loved it from the opening bludgeoning banshee wail of Immigrant Song onwards on first listen. What happy memories...
This was the album when Zep really unveiled what they were all about. The previous two albums had been wonderful enough, but the songs were drawn from a fairly narrow range. On this album, we had the hard rockers (Immigrant Song) and blues homage (Since I've Been Loving You) which we'd grown to expect, but the band also unveiled their more whymsical side - Gallows Pole, That's The Way, Bron Y Aur stomp, proving that they knew a thing or two about tunes as well.
Stand-out tracks - Immigrant Song (a candidate for the best opening 10 seconds of an album) and Since I've Been Loving You, on which Jimmy Page's guitar playing reached it's absolute zenith.
If you want to know what bands like The Music and Hundred Reasons have been listening to, go out and buy this. Go on go on go on go on...
" The Immigrant Song" is a classic piece of no-nonsense heavy metal, " Freinds" is an equally heavy piece of accoustic genius. " Celebration Day" is a feelgood, riff laden work of art, " Since I've Been Loving You" is one of the greatest songs ever made, the blues guitar of Page bouncing off the melencholy vocals of Plant is genius in full flow, " Out On The Tiles" is sassy,classy and packs a punch.
" Gallows Pole" is dark, melodic and excellent, " Tangerine" is beautiful, yet bitter-sweet, " That's The Way" , " Bron - Y - Aur Stomp" & " Hats Off To ( Roy) Harper" , shows the units accoustic genius and proficency.
Granted, you could be forgiven for having to work a little harder to appriciate this after the first two heavier releases, but your paitence will be very rewarded, as this is yet another masterpiece by one of the greatest bands that ever walked the earth.
‘Immigrant Song’ opens the album in fairly typical style with booming drums, a tuneful riff, and some wailing vocals. We get tell from the opening lines that the band have taken a more mystical direction with Nordic nods and references. This is a short, simple verse chorus verse song which is forced along by that riff and doesn’t outstay it’s welcome wisely before concluding with a cymbal’s hiss.
‘Friends’ is a much softer affair features mostly acoustics, a cheeky climbing piece by page, eastern tinged strings, and some tambla by Bonzo. This one feels like a campfire song before a battle although the lyrics are more peace and love focused than war based, but we feel the band huddled together, plotting for some huge event while the darkness gathers around them. The structure is simply but avoids being repetitive, there is no chorus, and the songs gradually increases in speed and volume for the ending.
‘Celebration Day’ picks up the pace and opens with the final phasing notes from the previous tracks underneath some bizarre guitar sounds by Page. This gives way to a string bending riff, some over the top vocals by Plant who is on top form, and the usual racing beats we would expect by the bass and drums.Read more ›
The Immigrant Song - what an opener - there is not another song like his in the world. Terrifying wailing Plant vocal driven by Pages big choppy riff and the rhythm section from hell. Were the Vikings scarier than this? Yikes.
Friends is an opportunity to catch breath, an pleasant change down.
Celebration Day is a rocker with a twiddly riff driven along by JPJ and Bonzo.
Since I've Been Loving You is an exquisite slow blues, this is every band member at the absolute top of his game. Possibly my favourite LZ track, amongst some tough competition. Jimmy knock off a guitar break that must make Eric Clapton weep, it is beyond perfect.
Out On the Tiles is a straight up rocker living in the shadow of some of the bands finest moments.
And that's it for the rock bits. The balance of the album takes on a folky tinge inspired by the bucolic surroundings of their Welsh country cottage.
It's all a pleasant change of pace and a pointer to the future direction of the band. The beautiful, melodic Tangarine is most peoples stand out track on the second side, but its all good. The remastered cd here benefits all tracks but the clarity is most apparent on the acoustic tracks such as the Bron Y Aur Stomp (named after the aforementioned cottage).
To many people this album must have been a shock departure from the tried ant tested formula of the first two albums, and perhaps explains why this deceptive classic does not get mentioned in the same revered tones as the first two albums, the nameless next album and the sprawling Physical Graffiti. However its a great surprise and if you want to get a woman into Zep - Tangerine is a proven winner.
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The only reason I gave this four is that it feels so out of place next to their pantheon of classic LP's. Oddly with each listen it does start to grow on you.Published 8 months ago by J. Welch
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