Led Zeppelin III appeared October 5, 1970 with surprisingly little notice. Containing “The Immigrant Song”,”Gallows Pole”, and “Since I’ve Been Loving You”, Led Zeppelin III also planted exotic seeds of sounds in “Friends” with its Middle Eastern orchestration, which would skip several subsequent albums only to germinate with legendary impact on Physical Grafitti . My guests Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and Led Zeppelin “III” recording engineer at Ardent Studio in Memphis, Terry Manning, tell the story on the fiftieth anniversary.
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Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page discusses the grandeur of “Kashmir”, the progressive rock of “In the Light”, the furious electric funk of “The Wanton Song”, and the shimmering delicacy of “Ten Years Gone”.
By the time of its late February 1975 release, Led Zeppelin’s sixth album, “Physical Graffiti” , signaled a fundamental change in the popular music and media equation that began with Led Zeppelin ” IV” .
Led Zeppelin II with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant In the Studio.
In the Studio episode #20 for November 7, 1988 featured what turned out to be my first of many subsequent in-depth conversations about the Led Zeppelin legacy with band mastermind Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
Jimmy Page & Robert Plant recall first rehearsals for Led Zeppelin first public performance 11-9-68 at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm.
Legendary wrestler-turned-Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant had an appropriately out-sized role in the Led Zeppelin “4” story as told by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
Jimmy Page, the mastermind behind the Led Zeppelin legacy, returns In the Studio with the last two studio albums, “Presence” and the timeless “In Through the Out Door”…
“Light and shade,” Jimmy Page once told me, speaking to the secret of Led Zeppelin’s universal popularity, and never was that combination more on display than on the title song to Jethro Tull’s September 1975 “Minstrel in the Gallery”.
“The Principle of Moments”, Robert Plant’s second solo album, first convinced us that Plant could sustain a viable solo career outside of the legendary Led Zeppelin, which he fronted for twelve fabled years, but for me personally it was “Shaken ‘n’ Stirred” in 1985, served pre-release on a Walkman at 40,000 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, that began my professional relationship with the complicated singer.