LED ZEPPELIN — Led Zeppelin III (review)

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Led Zeppelin - III (1970)

Led Zeppelin is one of the important hard rock bands of the late sixties and seventies. There brutal style, theatrical vocals and often good musicianship has been the basis for a successful career. I myself am not much of fan of the band. I like some songs, but they made no albums I can listen to completely without loosing my attention. Most of the time the recording-quality and the weaker songs on their albums stop me from going to side two of the record. Furthermore I find it disturbing to hear completely different vocals in the studio than on the live concerts.

Having that said I must say I like this third album. It has some of my favorite Zeppelin-tracks and it was recorded with an acceptable result. The short, but powerful Immigrant song works is a nice hard-rock opener. Friends is a very progressive/psychedelic track with amazing acoustic guitars and a distinct vocal melody of Plant. Best song of the album. Since I've Been Loving You is an amazing blues-rock track with an innovative approach and sticky lyrics. The other tracks on side one focus on the hard-rock aspect of the music, whilst all the songs on side two focus on the acoustic-rock side of the band.

Conclusion. This record has some of my favorite rock songs of Zeppelin, but still I think of Zeppelin as a lesser band of the genre. This record is not very necessary for the progressive collection, but is a good addition for the hard-rock collection. Good, but non-essential it is then. Three stars, although I must say the first four tracks of the album deserve four stars.
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