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Led Zeppelin III [Limited Edition LP]

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Led Zeppelin 7/29/2008

Review

On their first two albums, Led Zeppelin unleashed a relentless barrage of heavy blues and rockabilly riffs, but Led Zeppelin III provided the band with the necessary room to grow musically. While there are still a handful of metallic rockers, III is built on a folky, acoustic foundation that gives the music extra depth. And even the rockers aren't as straightforward as before: the galloping "Immigrant Song" is powered by Robert Plant's banshee wail, "Celebration Day" turns blues-rock inside out with a warped slide guitar riff, and "Out on the Tiles" lumbers along with a tricky, multi-part riff. Nevertheless, the heart of the album lies on the second side, when the band delve deeply into English folk. "Gallows Pole" updates a traditional tune with a menacing flair, and "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp" is an infectious acoustic romp, while "That's the Way" and "Tangerine" are shimmering songs with graceful country flourishes. The band hasn't left the blues behind, but the twisted bottleneck blues of "Hats off to (Roy) Harper" actually outstrips the epic "Since I've Been Loving You," which is the only time Zeppelin sound a bit set in their ways. [Atlantic Australia issued a limited-edition LP version in 2008.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Immigrant Song (Remaster) Led Zeppelin 2:25
  3. 2 Friends (Remaster) Led Zeppelin 3:54
  4. 3 Celebration Day (Remaster) Led Zeppelin 3:27
  5. 4 Since I've Been Loving You (1990 Remaster) Led Zeppelin 7:23
  6. 5 Out on the Tiles (Remaster) Led Zeppelin 4:3
  7. 6 Gallows Pole (Remaster) Led Zeppelin 4:56
  8. 7 Tangerine (Remaster) Led Zeppelin 3:10
  9. 8 That's the Way (Remaster) Led Zeppelin 5:35
  10. 9 Bron-Y-Aur Stomp (Remaster) Led Zeppelin 4:17
  11. 10 Hats off To (Roy) Harper (Remaster) Led Zeppelin 3:42
  12. 1 The Immigrant Song (Alternate Mix) Led Zeppelin 2:23
  13. 2 Friends (Track - No Vocal) Led Zeppelin 3:43
  14. 3 Celebration Day (Alternate Mix) Led Zeppelin 3:17
  15. 4 Since I've Been Loving You (Rough Mix) Led Zeppelin 7:15
  16. 5 Bathroom Sound (Track - No Vocal) Led Zeppelin 3:58
  17. 6 Gallows Pole (Rough Mix) Led Zeppelin 5:17
  18. 7 That's the Way (Rough Mix) Led Zeppelin 5:20
  19. 8 Jennings Farm Blues (Rough Mix) Led Zeppelin 5:51
  20. 9 Key to the Highway / Trouble in Mind (Rough Mix) Led Zeppelin 4:5

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