Album of the Day
Led Zeppelin III
Following the whirlwind success of the first two Led Zeppelin albums and near constant touring, guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant took to the now famous Bron-Yr-Aur cottage in Wales in 1970 to start the early composition of LED ZEPPELIN III. They later convened with drummer John Bonham and bassist John Paul Jones for rehearsals before entering London’s Olympic Studios to begin recording in May of that year. The collection that emerged – 50 years ago today – displays a greater emphasis on acoustic textures and a broader instrumental palette (Jones in particular helps in this regard) and includes such classic tracks as “Immigrant Song” and “Since I’ve Been Loving You.” Another triumph for the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, LED ZEPPELIN III soared to the top of charts worldwide upon release and has since been certified 6x platinum.