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  • Summary: The 1970 third studio album from the British rock band was reissued and remastered with deluxe versions including a disc of unreleased outtakes and mixes.
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  1. Jun 6, 2014
    100
    III was a masterful union of ballads and bruising, and a giant step in the songwriting ascent toward, later, "No Quarter" and "Kashmir."
  2. 100
    Little more needs to be emphasized about the lasting importance of these prototypes other than this third reissue tweaks the sound with Page’s new remastering revealing nuances in the playing and arrangements that further enhance their already substantial historical cachet.
  3. Jun 19, 2014
    100
    Upgrading previous remasterings, Page's personal touch brings out even more detail.... Each album's companion disc supplies both pleasure and an education. [Jul 2014, p.120]
  4. Jun 12, 2014
    95
    III is, indirectly, Led Zeppelin’s own version of Pink Floyd's Meddle--the folky, pretty early record that was never too popular and hence a favorite of indie types skeptical of such a massive mainstream band.... III has easily the best bonus material too.
  5. 91
    While not the towering achievement of its brothers in numerology, Led Zeppelin III remains one of the great albums in rock and roll history, significant for its role in establishing the legend of Led Zeppelin that would become fact with Led Zeppelin IV.
  6. Jun 19, 2014
    90
    From a purely sonic standpoint, these new versions are impossible to disregard.... The bonus material on Led Zeppelin II and III is more revelatory, showcasing the band’s creative process through assorted alternate takes and rough mixes.
  7. Jul 17, 2014
    78
    The second CD of Led Zeppelin III expands on its mothership's psychograss exhilaration.

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  1. Aug 7, 2014
    10
    The best remastering yet and closest to the feeling of the original released album. First thing I noticed was that feeling was back, thatThe best remastering yet and closest to the feeling of the original released album. First thing I noticed was that feeling was back, that feeling I had when I first listened to the album many years ago.....Thank you JIMMY PAGE and all who are credited for making this happen !!!!!!!
    Now how about a fun tour to give all 1 more fix of that lasting taste of live power that only the zep can deliver.................RL
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  2. Aug 12, 2014
    10
    Led Zeppelin III (whether it is the best of the 3 is widely debated I'm sure) is to me a classic album of hard and soft rock and folk that hasLed Zeppelin III (whether it is the best of the 3 is widely debated I'm sure) is to me a classic album of hard and soft rock and folk that has proudly earned its place among time's greatest. (not saying that the other two albums aren't classics as well, this one just happens to be my favorite of the 3). Expand
  3. Oct 16, 2014
    6
    Sorry, but this still sounds like a "difficult third album" to me. A patchy mix of tracks, put together by a band recuperating from massiveSorry, but this still sounds like a "difficult third album" to me. A patchy mix of tracks, put together by a band recuperating from massive initial success and endless touring. Full marks to LZ for taking the time to radically expand their musical palette though, and there are certainly plenty of highlights on show - but there are nondescript and unfocused moments as well.

    This is the album where LZ first threw their hat into the prog/folk rock ring, but with limited success. The remastering is pretty good, but not startling. And the extra disk also doesn't add very much of note by my reckoning, except a couple of nice blues tracks. The repackaging is well done, though.

    So, for LZ fans, this is a worthwhile purchase - but for most people, suggest you go straight to their bonafide masterpiece - LZ4. Better rock, better prog, better folk, and better realised.
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