LED ZEPPELIN III 1st UK PRESS PLUM/RED LABELS ToP AuDiO
  £   2,050
  $   2,476

 


£   2050 Sold For
Jul 17, 2011 End Date
Jul 7, 2011 Start Date
£   3 Start price
33 Number Of Bids
Great Britain Country Of Seller
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LED ZEPPELIN ''LED ZEPPELIN III'' AWESOME ORIGINAL 1ST UK PRESSING!!! CAT NO. 2401002 TOP! TOP!  AUDIO THROUGHOUT! ORIGINAL THICK CHUNKY VINYL ! ORIGINAL HEAVY DUTY E.DAY &CO COVER WITH FULLY FUNCTIONING WHEEL! (FULLY LAMINATED) WITH ORIGINAL MASTER PRESSERS SIGNATURE HAND ECHED ON THE RUN OFF GROOVES ''DO WHAT THOU WILT'' and ''SO MOTE IT BE'' (ONLY 1ST PRESS)! PLUM\RED LABELS (ONLY 1ST PRESS)

EARLIEST PRESS (HAND ETCHED MATRIX)!  Peter Grant credits on bothe sides of the labels! (only earliest press)

 

 

See My  Video of this album for a sample of the track ''Friends''  (Please Click Below)

 

Here on offer from my personal collection! A very early/earliest original UK pressing Led Zeppelin III and totaly complete. This early pressing features Peter Grant credits on both sides of the labels (only found on the earliest plum/red Atlantic labeled pressings), and hand etched matrixes on both sides!   I have sold and own many, many copies of this album, This audio is absolutely awesome throughout and absolutely stunning seperation and a real deep basey feel that in my opinion can only be acheived from the earliest pressings and there is no other format than these early UK vinyls that even come close to the awesome feel that is produced!   This is totaly complete with the original atlantic poly sleeve and 1st issue E.Day gatefold with fully functional wheel, made and printed in England! (later pressings were made in Germany)!  

 

 

 

Led Zeppelin III, the third album by English rock band Led Zeppelin, was released October 5th 1970 by Atlantic Records. It was recorded between January and July 1970 at Olympic Studios, London and Headley Grange, East Hampshire, then mixed at Ardent Studios, Memphis in August 1970 during Led Zeppelin's sixth American concert tour. The album was produced by guitarist Jimmy Page and engineered by Andy Johns!!!.

 

 

It has been suggested that Led Zeppelin III was something of a watershed release for the band, as it marked a change from Page's domination of the first two albums towards a more democratic affair in which all four group members offered up their own compositions and ideas - a pattern that would continue in future sessions. The album added acoustic and folk rock elements to the band's established rock and blues repertoire, which also helped endear the band to progressive rock fans. However, some detractors attacked the heavier tracks as being mindless noise, whilst the acoustic material was criticised by others for imitating the music of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Although these negative reviews had a slight effect on sales at the time, Led Zeppelin III was still a trans-Atlantic #1 hit. Sales eventually lagged in the wake of Led Zeppelin I and II, but with the passage of time III's reputation has recovered considerably!

 

 

The album contains two of Led Zeppelin's most well-known songs: "Immigrant Song" and "Since I've Been Loving You". The first of these, written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, is about the Norse invasions of England and was inspired by the band's recent performances in Iceland!

 

 

 "Since I've Been Loving You" is a classic, original blues in the key C minor featuring heartfelt interplay by all four group members. It would become a performance staple of Led Zeppelin concerts, especially from 1971 through 1973, replacing Willie Dixon's "I Can't Quit You Baby" from the first album as the band's slow blues showcase!

 

 

 Other fan favorites from the album were the rock songs "Celebration Day" and "Out on the Tiles", and the acoustic tracks "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp" and "That's the Way", the latter considered by many critics to be a breakthrough for still-developing lyric writer Plant. The song "Gallows Pole" is actually an arrangement of a traditional folk song by that name, also recorded by Lead Belly some thirty years earlier!.

 

 

 

Led Zeppelin III's original vinyl edition was packaged in a gatefold sleeve with a novelty cover, designed by Richard Drew, a lecturer in fine arts at Leeds Polytechnic. The cover and interior gatefold art consisted of a surreal collection of seemingly random images on a white background, many of them connected thematically with flight or aviation (as in "Zeppelin"). Behind the front cover was a rotatable paper disc, or volvelle, covered with more images, including photos of the band members, which showed through holes in the cover. Moving an image into place behind one hole would usually bring one or two others into place behind other holes. This could not be replicated on a conventional cassette or CD cover, but there have been Japanese and British CDs packaged in miniature versions of the original sleeve. In France this album was released with a different album cover, simply showing a photo of the four band members!.

 

 

As always I have tried to give my honest personal opinion when describing items listed! Although it is my honest opinion! I always urge others to do their own personal research on any items that they are interested in purchasing, before, they commit to bidding!) I have Highlighted all aspects as clearly as possible!! I have taken time to play this vinyl track for track to give a clear and accurate description of the audio quality as i heard it. (please look at my completed listings of albums that I have sold of this calaber (more than 1000 items) and you will see that I normally get it right) I have also provided as many photos as I can and supersized so that all aspects can be seen clearly in strong light! Please note! These photos are the actual item for sale and not copies of other items!

 

THE MATRIX

SIDE 1. 2421002 A-5 (HAND ETCHED)''DO WHAT THOU WILT'' (HAND ETCHED ON THE RUN OFF GROOVES ONLY 1ST PRESS) 

SIDE 2. 2431002 B-5 (HAND ETCHED) ''SO MOTE IT BE'' (HAND ETCHED ON THE RUN OFF GROOVES ONLY 1ST PRESS) 

 

 

The Vinyl

On visual  initial inspection this vinyl looks absolutely superbe. Still retains its original glossy sheen from new!! This is the original heavier thicker type of vinyl with deeper grooves only found on these original 1st pressings!!! They are also more robust than later pressings which were more flimsier!!!! In strong light only can possibly be seen very light whispy  sleeve removal marks\scuffs (Importantly there are no needle marks that cause any loud clicks or pops)  

 

The Audio Quality

  I have carefully played this through track for track as usual at very loud volume on a top system four times prior to listing!   The audio seperation is amaizing and the vibrancy and bassey feel on this vinyl will never be surpassed in any other format, beleive me.   This plays with (no) signs of any distortion or that this has been overplayed at all in my opinion, Please note! The audio quality has always been the uppermost importance when i have purchased records over the years and I have always tried to seek out the earliest stampers that, in my personal opinion makes all the difference for the best audio quality! Please note, I heard some light/ minor, static/ticks crackle in very quiet isolated places only during the play of this vinyl. Importantly I heard no loud clicks or pops! Absolutely mind blowing and I mean mind blowing audio quality, this almost shook my house down I played this so loud! I must emphisise that this vinyl has obviously been played but not over played in my opinion. Even between tracks or almost silent places, any surface noise or static ticks are isolated and minimal only, and nothing consistant throughout the audio.  In my opinion nothing too bad that spoilt the overall awesome audio effect.  This audio will blow you away!   I would class myself as highly critacle! This has been played on a top system at very loud volume  and is awesome! Please look at my completed listings of records that i have sold of this calaber and you will see that i normally get it right!!!! Audio is graded at the top! Stunning audio seperation throughout and vibrancy only heard like this on the earliest pressings! I would grade the audio at least excellent to Excellent plus for the most part, on my systems! 

Please note! This has been stored in a case for at least 35 years! ,and would benefit from a constant clean before each play to reduce any static crackle or ticks that may be heard during some quiet isolated parts! from my experiance build up of dirt and dust trapped in the grooves over the years cause this and subsequent cleaning does greatly improve the audio quality!!

Please note! I always make this disclaimer! Please allow for the odd isolated static,crackle/click/ticks (not) consistant throughout the audio! Although i  have given my honest opinion, this is a genuine 42 year old vinyl (not a reissue) that would have originally been played on a 42 year old system!

The labels

These are the original Plum\red Atlantic labels! (only 1st press) feature ''Under licence...'' across the labels, above the white stripe and feature Peter Grant credits on both sides (only 1st press! ''Made in Gt Britain'' featured (only UK press) credits for 'Warner Bros'  Minimal spidering only can be seen when angled to the light. This has been played, but definately not overplayed in my opinion) little if no spindleware (The hole is perfetly round) You can still even see the plastic in the spindle hole unbeleivable to find like this!

The Record Sleeve

This is the original poly lined atlantic sleeve with no splits or tares just light creasing\staining with age! becoming very fragile and is now stored seperately from the vinyl!

The Cover

This is the original 1st press E.J.Day & co printed gatefold cover with fully functioning wheel ! Very Very hard to find originals in this condition! Please note! I have often seen these covers swapped for later covers that were made in Germany! THIS IS THE ORIGINAL UK printed  features the correct catalogue number on the spine!  (only 1st press covers)   This is strong and straight as it should be without any splits or tares and no nasty names written also the wheel is fully functional! There is some minor light yellowing with age only around the edges only and some laminate creases at the front from a manufactureing fault (often seen on these early covers)    and hardly any other real creases to talk of, just minor laminate crease lines at the rear  only (see photos)! Any marks or imperfections on this cover you would really have to look hard under a strong light to notice!  Very Very minimal storageware, Hard to find like this after nearly 42 years old! I would grade this cover at least excellent if not better!

 

HOW I SEND MY RECORDS!

THIS ALBUM WILL BE SENT IN A LARGE BOX WITH CARDBOARD STIFFENERS THE ALBUM IS ALWAYS PUT IS A POLY SLEEVE AND ENCASED IN THE BOX WITH PLENTY OF BUBBLEWRAP FOR ADDED PROTECTION (SEE PHOTOS)

 

Please do not hesitate to email me with any questions regarding this item or any other items that I have listed!

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Please note! All items are now despatched by signed for 1st class delivery!!!! I normally despatch within the next working day on receipt of cleared funds!!!!!

All items are despatched securely with ample reinforcement!!!!!!

I offer a postage discount for multiple purchases!!!,, but i do insist that the buyer pay for the items as they are won! I can not any longer allow winning bidders to run up a large bill and then not pay! I do not have a problem with holding the goods to be despatched untill they are ready (at the buyers request), for multiple items purchased!

See My  Video of this album for a sample of the track ''Friends''  (Please Click Below)

 

 

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See My  Video of this album for a sample of the track ''Friends'' Actual recording from this vinyl (Please Click Below)

 

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