Sound — 9
I have been a Led Zeppelin fan for many years now, but it was only very recently that I discovered the beauty of the unsung hero of Zep albums. III recorded between January and July 1970 and was released October 5, 1970 by Atlantic Records. Many of the songs featured on the album were conceived in mid-1970 at Bron-Yr-Aur, an 18th century cottage in Gwynedd, Wales, on a hilltop overlooking the Dyfi Valley, three miles north of the market town Machynlleth. It showed a change in the sound of Zeppelin to a more experimental genre of rock, and acoustic. Although Jimmy Page still favored the guitar riff on songs such as the classic Immigrant Song and Celebration Day, he began to use a lot more acoustic guitar, in songs such as Tangerine, Friends, Bron Y Aur Stomp etc. He explored structures that he hadn't touched upon before such as the Bluesy improvised stylings of Since I've Been Loving You. The album was very innovative in itself but never reached the critical acclaim it deserved so was not as influential as it could of been.
Lyrics — 9
I fine point for Robert Plant in his career, his voice had really evolved by this point, and his voice was a natural fit for both the blues rock and acoutic sides of Zeppelin. The lyrical aspects of the album were also a fine point with "That's the Way", considered by Page to be a breakthrough for still-developing lyric writer Plant.
Overall Impression — 9
Led Zeppelin III is not Zeppelins greatest album, but was an important album in their career that helped them evolve as Songwriters and Musicians. The most impressive songs on the album are Immigrant Song, Friends, Celebration Day, Tangerine, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, but don't listen to these songs by themselves, listen to the album as one, the way Zep intended, for the full experience! I love this album because Zep were not afraid to explore different genres such as their trademark folkey acoustic style, as well as keeping the Riff Oreintated Rock that made them famous. If I lost this album, of course I would buy it again!