Led Zeppelin III (Deluxe CD Edition)
Atlantic Catalog Group
So here’s the third album reissued (again); the third and last in this first batch for the Mr. Page Needs To Buy New Witch Stuff campaign. I’m least enamoured with this of the three – I don’t at all dislike the album and I get why anyone would want to have this as a favourite, it showed the band developing its sound, in fact creating its own sound, stepping away from the blues-derived feels for the most part (and then, ironic or not, stepping up to nail its very best blues with Since I’ve Been Loving You).
I’ve never really reconciled the acoustic/folky bits (Friends, Gallows Pole, Tangerine, Bon-Y Aur Stomp) with the big-bam sound of the band going at it (Immigrant Song, Celebration Day, Out On The Tiles) and though I like most of what I hear on this album I’ve always preferred a) to hear it excerpted, rather than sitting down with the whole and b) I actually think the first of the more-interesting records is Houses of the Holy. But hey. I’m sure I’ll get to reconsider that next year when Jimmy’s Asian Lagerfeld look needs extra, er, nipping and further tucking.
Forced – well, kinda – to reconsider this album here, now, once again, I feel almost nothing. I feel neutral in fact. I don’t mind listening to it but I get no excitement. Where Led Zeppelin II has some standouts, some highlights and some nostalgia and the first album is actually super fucking kick-ass I just draw a blank on this. It all but fills me with inertia.
Were the album not newly available I’d perhaps have never ever listened to it again. And I’d have been okay with it. Might even have preferred it. The alternate takes here that plug up a bonus disc just don’t mean a thing to me.