Less than a year after dominating the English, American and Canadian charts, with their second album, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham did it again with Led Zeppelin III.
Launched on October 5, 1970, Led Zeppelin, which is 50 years old, is a pivotal album in the career of the British formation.
An opus on which we find the titles Immigrant Song, Celebration Day and Since I’ve Been Loving You and also parts, like Friends, Gallows Pole, Tangerine and That’s The Way, where the quartet broadens its musical spectrum by exploring folk, acoustic and psychedelic tones.
An approach that took shape when the quartet moved into a chalet in the mountainous region of Snowdonia, Wales, UK, where Robert Plant was going on vacation with his family. A place without electricity or running water.
Led Zeppelin reunited here after a long 28-performance North American tour in March and April 1970. The quartet wanted, at that time, to initiate a change of musical direction.
Led Zeppelin III starts in effect with the title Immigrant Song. A 2 minutes 26 seconds song on which we find all the DNA of Led Zeppelin. The shrill cries of Robert Plant, the riffs guitar from Jimmy Page, bass from John Paul Jones and cadence from drummer John Bonham. A title that refers to the invasion of the Vikings in England.
Friends, the second track of the 43-minute album, unveils the acoustic tones of Led Zeppelin. Sounds that are present on the entire second side of the album with the titles Gallows Pole, Tangerine, That’s The Way, Bron-Yr-Aur and Hats Off to (Roy) Harper.
Launched October 5 in North America and October 23 in the UK, Led Zeppelin III will be number one in the UK, Australia, Austria, Canada and the US. The diversity of styles in this opus allowed the group to grow and prepare for the immense Led Zeppelin IV on which we find stairway to Heaven.