Album #187 – Led Zeppelin III
This album is somewhat underrated in Led Zeppelin’s back catalog. For a third album by one of rock’s biggest acts, there are not many hits on it. Immigrant Song is the only true hit off this album. The rest of this album’s tracks are gems that rarely get any radio airplay or recognition. Casual fans of Led Zeppelin would not know about this album it came up and bit them in the ass. And yet, that is the main reason that I loved this album. Led Zeppelin III, in those ways, is better than its predecessors. They experiment more on this album with folk influences. Gallow’s Pole, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, That’s The Way, Tangerine and Friends all experiment with mellow sounds including folk and country. Most casual Zeppelin fans would ignore these songs. I absolutely love them. One of their most emotionally driven songs, Since I’ve Been Loving You. The sadness and bleak emotions that are captured in that song are better than any Zeppelin song of that caliber, before or after. This album deserves to be on the list because it is Zeppelin’s most under appreciated and underplayed records. If you really want to get into Zeppelin, start with this record. It has not been ruined by classic rock radio stations or casual Zeppelin fans. It is Zeppelin at their creative and musical peak. And for that reason alone, this album is essential. Other highlights: Out on the Tiles and Celebration Day. Overall, I give this album 5 out of 5.
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