- Released: August 9, 1994
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: Atlantic
Rolling Stone - 11/26/70, p.34
"...their music is as ephemeral as Marvel Comics, and as vivid as an old Technicolor cartoon....Their albums refine the crude public tools of all dull white blues bands into something awesome..." -Lester Bangs
Q - 11/94, p.1435 Stars
- "...Zeppelin were spinning around like a carousel...from the crunchy riff anthems ('Immigrant Song') to blues rollercoasters ('Since I've Been Loving You') to tail-shaking boogie ('Out On The Tiles')..."
- 1.Immigrant Song
- 3.Celebration Day
- 4.Since I've Been Loving You
- 5.Out On The Tiles
- 6.Gallows Pole
- 8.That's The Way
- 9.Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
- 10.Hats Off To (Roy) Harper
Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page (slide guitar, pedal steel guitar, banjo, mandolin, background vocals); John Paul Jones (bass instrument); John Bonham, Robert Plant.
Personnel: Robert Plant (vocals, harmonica); Jimmy Page (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); John Paul Jones (keyboards); John Bonham (drums); Viram Jasani (tabla).
Audio Mixers: Eddie Kramer; Andy Johns.
Audio Remasterers: Jimmy Page; George Marino.
Liner Note Author: Kaz Akaiwa.
Recording information: Ardent Studios, Memphis, TN (1970); Headley Grange, Hampshire, England (1970); Island Studios, London, England (1970); London, England (1970); Olympic Studios, London, England (1970).
Arrangers: Robert Plant; Jimmy Page; Charles Obscure.
LED ZEPPELIN III is the sound of rock's brash enfants terrible beginning to mature. While the take-no-prisoners blues-rock of the first two albums is still prominent in the band's tool box, other implements are beginning to appear. The delicate acoustic whispers that would run through much of ZEPPELIN IV have their folk/blues antecedents here (the lambent "That's the Way," the earthy "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp"), the results of the band's creative encampment in a woodland dwelling. At the same time, the heavier tracks are unprecedented in their ferocious swagger. Robert Plant's bone-chilling battle cry and the band's savage riffing on "The Immigrant Song" do full justice to the song's Viking imagery, and it's easy to believe that the "hammer of the gods" Plant sings about is being swung straight in your direction.