Led Zeppelin III

Label
Atlantic Records
Release date
9 Nov 2007
Running length
10 tracks
Running time
42:56

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Immigrant Song 2:25 836,212
2 Friends 3:54 340,457
3 Celebration Day 3:28 380,606
4 Since I've Been Loving You 7:23 578,132
5 Out on the Tiles 4:05 288,038
6 Gallows Pole 4:56 329,663
7 Tangerine 3:10 393,761
8 That's the Way 5:37 335,095
9 Bron-Y-Aur Stomp 4:16 300,025
10 Hats Off To [Roy] Harper 3:42 24,724

About this album

Led Zeppelin III, the third album by English rock band Led Zeppelin. It was recorded between January and July 1970 and was released October 5, 1970 by Atlantic Records.

Led Zeppelin III marked a change in focus for the band from late 1960s hard rock to a more folk rock and acoustic inspired sound. These styles had been present to a lesser degree in the band’s first two releases, but here it was the main style - and one that would remain prominent in the group’s later albums. This change in direction endeared the band to many progressive rock fans who would never have listened to Led Zeppelin’s established blues and rock repertoire. With Led Zeppelin III the group’s songwriting dynamic also changed, from Page’s domination of the first two albums towards a more democratic affair in which all four group members offered up their own compositions and ideas - patterns that would continue in future sessions.

The album contains two songs which became key components of the band’s live concert performances for many years: “Immigrant Song” and “Since I’ve Been Loving You”. The first of these, written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, is about the Norse invasions of England and was inspired by the band’s recent live performance in Iceland. “Since I’ve Been Loving You” is a classic, original blues in the key C minor featuring heartfelt interplay by all four group members. It would become a performance staple, especially from 1971 through 1973, replacing Willie Dixon’s “I Can’t Quit You Baby” from the first album as the band’s slow blues showcase.

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  • MisterJunior

    @pteronophobic Yes! God, I love "That's the Way." It has such a wistful beauty to it. Certainly one of my very top Zeppelin tracks. For me the run from "Since I've Been Loving You" through "That's the Way" on this album is the best stretch of songs on any Zeppelin record.

    8 May 7:16pm Reply
  • pteronophobic

    This is my favorite Zeppelin album along with Physical Graffiti. It really shows their eclecticism and songwriting abilities. Plant's lyrics really matured with this album, Page really shows what a versatile guitarist he is. Also, That's the Way is my favorite song of all time

    18 Apr 8:18pm Reply
  • eTripper

    LZ III is a great album with so many different aspects to it. First band to experiment with 'drone'. For example, "Friends" is the penultimate, droned-out mind-blast, that explores the profound depths of a despondent, and lonely soul.

    12 Apr 3:26am Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Not sure why so many fans think this is their worst. It's my favorite by them. Great use of blues/folk influences and a lot of acoustic instrumentation. "Since I've Been Loving You" is an amazing blues number, also. Probably a top 10 Zeppelin track for me, maybe even top 5.

    24 Mar 11:10pm Reply
  • Gaffes

    Among the first four albums this is the weakest in my opinion, still a very good album though.

    29 Jan 6:06pm Reply
  • LuizFellype

    Best album? hell yeah!

    21 Nov 2014 Reply
  • CousinEarl

    Fucking awesome album.

    21 Sep 2014 Reply
  • vizsla826

    My 2nd fave after Houses of the Holy. Much better structured as a whole but HOTH has some of the best songs in the whole catalog like No Quarter and Over the hills and far away. So HOTH wins because of having much higher high points. But don't count out this one it's quite good too.

    26 Jul 2014 Reply
  • arrypottuh

    Led Zeppelin has recorded some of the most memorable rock songs in the modern popular music canon, but I'd like to think "That's the Way", "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp", "Gallows Pole", and "Tangerine" are some of the most moving songs ever put on wax. And that's to say nothing of the straight-up rockers on this perfect album.

    16 Jul 2014 Reply
  • mordwyr

    We come from the land of the ice and snow!

    4 Jun 2014 Reply
  • eric_montana

    Could very well be their best album

    7 Feb 2014 Reply
  • CoryellsGhost

    Indisputably my favourite album of theirs

    12 Dec 2013 Reply
  • katybdi

    how can anyone dislike this album? this is my fav Led Zeppelin album so far.. I must explore more anyway.

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • licoricepizza

    "worst album cover ever"??????? wtf? Dude, it's one of the best, especially in the vinyl album format (with the working spin wheel). I guess some people just don't care for the "clip art" collage concept. :\

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
  • kissesneverdie

    I think I might like this more than IV. Definitely worst cover art hands down.

    25 Sep 2013 Reply
  • SoutysWarszawy

    I never listen this album :( Maybe is great <lol> Fake, best album in my list :D

    30 Aug 2013 Reply
  • dAdriano

    ★★★★★

    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • firefly2811

    my fave zeppelin album. classic.

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • mistrz-gitary

    inspiration...

    18 Jul 2013 Reply
  • sambattye

    My fave Led Zep album!

    10 Jul 2013 Reply
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