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4 stars The Best Zep album.

While most will have the fourth/runes album (because of "Stairway to Heaven"), followed perhaps by their debut and their Zep II (again, because of tunes that received widespread radioplay), fewer know this one. But it is has the best Zep tunes, and is best all-round. This is the pinnacle of their song-writing. The music is raw and ballsy like the earlier albums, yet more original and refined, and diverse. "Singe I've Been Loving You" is Zep's most rewarding and successful performance, a great blues burner with fine guitar solos and vocals. "The Immigrant Song" and "Gallow's Pole" are rockers, but far more interesting than 'Black Dog', 'Whole Lotta Love', or the banal 'Rock and Roll'. Zep III is where the band excels at softer numbers too, with "Tangerine", "Friends", "That's the Way" all quite musical, I think better than the softer songs on 4/runes. "Bron-y-aur Stomp" is unique in their catalogue, and both this and "Hats Off to Roy Harper" are great, fun, original tunes. While no Zep album is comparable to the top albums by the big-name progressive rock bands on PA, this one comes closest. I give it 8.2 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 4 PA stars.

Walkscore | 4/5 |


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