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LED ZEPPELIN III

Led Zeppelin

 

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This is a more mature LED ZEPPELIN with over half the songs being of the acoustic variety.Thus they threw their fans a curve with this one but kudos to them for making the music they wanted to play.

Of course the opener "Immigrant Song" is anything but an acoustic tune. With Bonham's pounding drums and Plant's battle cry, this is just over 2 minutes of fury. I also love the lyrics, it's all perfect except for the length of the song. "Friends" has an interesting acoustic melody. I was never overly fond of this one. It blends into "Celebration Day" an uptempo, fun song. "Since I've Been Loving You" is a great blues song with some good organ and an extended guitar solo from Page. But the star of this song is Plant, an absolutely amazing performance. I wonder what some of the old blues players would think of this amazing vocal display.

"Out On The Tiles" is quite catchy, and Bonham's in great form.The guitar is outstanding ! "Gallows Pole" features acoustic guitar and passionate vocals. Some good drumming 2 minutes in. "Tangerine" is probably my favourite song on the album and it goes so well with the acoustic song that follows "That's The Way". "Bron-y-aur Stomp" is ok, not a big fan of this one, or the next one which is an ode to Roy Harper.

I guess out of the first six amazing albums ZEPPELIN put out this one is my least favourite. It still is an incredible record that I like to listen to once and a while. I mean who has put out six straight albums that can compare to these ones ? Perhaps RUSH from "2112" to "Signals" , or GENESIS from "Trespass" to "Trick Of The Tail". A low 4 stars.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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