Led zeppelin’s third album, cleverly titled Led Zeppelin III, marked a shift in their style from harder-edged rock to a more acoustic sound. The first side, which kicks off with the hit ‘Immigrant Song,’ is a bit more electric, while the second side is extremely mellow.
The album was met with confusion and didn’t perform very well critically or commercially at first, but over time it has come to be regarded as one of the band’s better efforts.
I’m not a huge Zeppelin fan, but this record and its smash follow-up (Led Zeppelin IV, or Runes) are the two I spent the most time with back in high school.
I remember hearing that the single release of ‘Immigrant Song,’ backed with the rollicking ‘Hey, Hey, What Can I Do,’ was a rare collector’s item. So when I found a copy of the 45 at Tower Records, I bought it and had visions of retiring on the proceeds some day.
Turns out the rare collector’s item is a mis-pressing of the single that has a song called ‘Out On the Tiles’ as the B-side. Guess I have to keep my day job.
Measuring a summer’s day, I only find it slips away to grey
The hours, they bring me pain
Tangerine, tangerine, living reflection from a dream;
I was her love, she was my queen, and now a thousand years in between
Thinking how it used to be. Does she still remember times like these?
To think of us again – and I do