Led Zeppelin III, the follow-up to the legendary English band’s second studio album entitled Led Zeppelin II (1969), which was released on 5 October 1970 and written in the wonderful Welsh countryside at Bron-yr-Aur cottage pertaining to Robert Plant’s family (where the lead vocalist used to spend his holidays as a child with his family) situated near the beautiful market town of Machynlleth and overlooking the valley of River Dyfi, is a must listen to any true Led Zeppelin fan out there. In this brief article, we try to come out with several important reasons why. But before that, a little bit of history…
Briefly put, Led Zeppelin III was written and recorded in a time of immense success of the band. Plant and Page had to retreat from the limelight after a while in order to fully absorb it well and relax a bit… Cooling off at Bron-yr-Aur in the lush Welsh countryside was just the right choice for the two.
Putting aside the dark spiritual allegations pinpointing at the dictum ‘So mote it be’ which is an Alistair Crowley reference or the plagiarism accusations, Led Zeppelin III still remains a cornerstone studio album of the band and a musical masterpiece in general. We’ve previously focused on the plagiarism controversies which hit the band hardly both during and after their heyday during the 1970s in a separate article from October 2019 and so we’re going to stay on topic for today’s post and come out with several plausible reasons why you should integrally listen to Led Zeppelin III in case you didn’t and call yourself a Led Zeppelin fan.
Therefore, without further needless ado, here they are (in summarized, condensed form so as not to consume a lot of your spare time of course):
- The technical eclecticism of Page’s both electric and acoustic guitar playing;
- Robert Plant’s versatile lead and backing vocals which represented a pivotal transition point from Led Zeppelin II to Led Zeppelin IV;
- The great overall conversion of the band’s sound from hard rock/heavy metal to folk, unique in the band’s history;
- The swingy remade English medieval ballad ‘Gallows Pole’;
- For all the hopeless romantics out there, the sensitive song ‘Tangerine’;
- Last but not least, a true tribute to monumental English rock legend Roy Harper entitled ‘Hats Off to (Roy) Harper’.
That being said, without further needless ado, we truly wish you a most pleasant audition in the musical company of Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham with Led Zeppelin III from October 1970. Enjoy and rock on in the free world!