LED ZEPPELIN III - * CLASSIC RECORDS 200 GRAM PRESS * NM 9/10
On their first two albums, Led Zeppelin unleashed a relentless barrage of heavy blues and rockabilly riffs, but Led Zeppelin III provided the band with the necessary room to grow musically. While there are still a handful of metallic rockers, III is built on a folky, acoustic foundation that gives the music extra depth. And even the rockers aren't as straightforward as before: the galloping "Immigrant Song" is powered by Robert Plant's banshee wail, "Celebration Day" turns blues-rock inside out with a warped slide guitar riff, and "Out on the Tiles" lumbers along with a tricky, multi-part riff. Nevertheless, the heart of the album lies on the second side, when the band delve deeply into English folk. "Gallows Pole" updates a traditional tune with a menacing flair, and "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp" is an infectious acoustic romp, while "That's the Way" and "Tangerine" are shimmering songs with graceful country flourishes. The band hasn't left the blues behind, but the twisted bottleneck blues of "Hats off to (Roy) Harper" actually outstrips the epic "Since I've Been Loving You," which is the only time Zeppelin sound a bit set in their ways. (AMG)
A Note on Classic Records: Acclaimed reissue label specializing in audiophile LP reissues of classic albums; employs its own custom-built tube-based mastering equipment on all of its releases; masters its releases from original master tapes (or the best sources available). Earliest releases were a box set of RCA Living Stereo classical titles and Verve jazz titles (subsequently sold individually).
Classic used 180 gram vinyl until 2001. That year they switched to 180 gram "SV" (Super Vinyl) and added a sticker specifying the type of vinyl to all their LPs. They introduced 200 gram "Quiex SV-P" in July 2002. That was followed by "SV-P II" and, in 2008, "Clarity Vinyl." In the 2000s, they also introduced lower priced versions of many of their LPs, pressed from the same masters but on regular 150, 140, or 120 gram vinyl. Represses were always done on the latest vinyl formulation and can be dated by the sticker.
Classic also produced a line of gold CDs in the 1990s and then 24/96 HDAD digital disks. Mastering was typically done at Bernie Grundman Mastering by Grundman himself or Chris Bellman. Classic's assets were purchased by Acoustic Sounds in 2010. (DSG)
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin III
Label: Classic Records – SD 7201, Atlantic – SD 7201
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 200 Gram
Country: US Released: 2007
A1 Immigrant Song Written-By – J. Page*, R. Plant* 2:26
A2 Friends Written-By – J. Page*, R. Plant* 3:55
A3 Celebration Day Written-By – J. Page*, J.P. Jones*, R. Plant* 3:29
A4 Since I've Been Loving You Written-By – J. Page*, J.P. Jones*, R. Plant* 7:25
A5 Out On The Tiles Written-By – J. Page*, J. Bonham*, R. Plant* 4:04
B1 Gallows Pole Arranged By [Arr.] – J. Page*, R. Plant*Written-By – Trad.* 4:58
B2 Tangerine Written-By – J. Page* 3:12
B3 That's The Way Written-By – J. Page*, R. Plant* 5:38
B4 Bron-Y-Aur Stomp Written-By – J. Page*, J.P. Jones*, R. Plant* 4:20
B5 Hats Off To (Roy) Harper Arranged By [Arr.] – Charles Obscure Written-By – Trad.*
Engineered At – Ardent Studios
Mastered At – Bernie Grundman Mastering
Lacquer Cut At – Bernie Grundman Mastering
Manufactured By – Atlantic Recording Corporation
Manufactured By – Classic Records, Inc.
Distributed By – Classic Records, Inc.
Licensed To – Classic Records, Inc.
Published By – Superhype Music, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Atlantic Recording Corporation
Artwork [Visual Creations By] – Zacron
Engineer – Andrew Johns*, Terry Manning
Executive-Producer – Peter Grant
Mastered By, Lacquer Cut By – BG*
Producer – Jimmy Page
Quiex SV-P Super Vinyl Profile
Manufactured and distributed under exclusive license by Classic Records, Inc.
Atlantic Recording Corporation
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© 1970 Atlantic Recording Corporation
Printed in U.S.A. [Jacket]
Mfg. By Atlantic Recording Corp., 75 Rockefeller Plaza N.Y., N.Y. A Warner Communications Company [Labels]
All selections and arrangements of traditional songs published by Superhype Music Inc., ASCAP.
Matrix / Runout (Side A Etching): SD-7201-A
Matrix / Runout (Side B Etching): SD-7201-B
Matrix / Runout (Side A & B Mastering & Lacquer Engineer Initials Etching): BG
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