Led Zeppelin III

by groove on March 27, 2014

Led Zep 3This month, I have been involved in the 3rd month in a row of “Record A Day” Instragram posts – a daily photo of an album in my collection following the suggested theme of the day. For instance, there has been “album on classic black”, “green vinyl”, “acoustic album”, “album from high school” and many more themes. A few recent themes have conjured this post today: an album from my year of birth, an album showcasing my favourite artwork, a (partly) acoustic album, on classic black, bought used. If you haven’t had an opportunity to check out the daily Instagram posts, make sure you follow me on Instragram @groovegardenrecords – it has replaced what had been my “vinyl of the day” posts that I had been loading on The Groove Garden’s Facebook page.

Led Zep 3 Back CoverLed Zeppelin III was released in October of 1970 and was a marked departure from the heavy sound fans had become accustomed to with the band’s previous singles from Led Zeppelin II such as Whole Lotta Love, Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Maid) and Ramble On. On the band’s debut, Led Zeppelin I, fans were introduced to the heavy riffing blues-based rock of Communication Breakdown and Good Times, Bad Times and grew to expect a more mature, but heavy rock sound from the group. The collection of work on Led Zeppelin III promised much of the same with the album opener, Immigrant Song, but that heaviness toned down considerably for the remainder of the two sides to a more acoustic, folk-laden sound. Initial critical response was negative or indifferent and wasn’t immediately embraced – drawing some crude comparisons to Crosby, Stills and Nash. The heavier songs on the album were dismissed as they were perceived to lack growth from the previous albums’ path to maturity. Fans, thankfully, thought differently (mainly across the pond) and the album eventually charted very high world-wide and sales were impressive around the world, although it failed certification in the UK.

Led Zep 3The folk and acoustic sound is credited to the surroundings within which the base writing was formed by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. Following a relentless and grueling work and touring schedule of the previous year, the songwriting team decided to spend a summer relaxing at a remote, derelict 18th century cottage in Wales to work on the album. With no electricity or running water, the boys were forced to work on bits of the album with acoustic guitars only. As such, the main material of the album reflects the work created in the peaceful surroundings of Bron-Yr-Aur.  After creating much of the material that would form the album, the guys were then joined by John Paul Jones and John Bonham at Headley Grange, a run-down mansion in East Hampshire and the album was finished in Notting Hill and finally mixed in Memphis in August, 1970.

The complete story of the album can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Led_Zeppelin_III

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