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Jimmy Page and Robert Plant celebrate the 40th anniversary of Led Zeppelin III

This month marks the 40th anniversary of Led Zeppelin III.

Archive interviews with Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Jimmy Page are being aired during this week's edition of the "In The Studio" show. Page and Plant can be heard discussing the 40th anniversary of "Led Zeppelin III" with professional radio broadcaster and rock musician interviewer Redbeard.

"In The Studio" is a weekly hour-long interview-with-music "rockumentary" which looks at the making of many of the greatest albums recorded in rock and roll history, although sometimes it spotlights the history of rock and roll bands. Redbeard interviews the musicians who created these classic albums.

"Led Zeppelin III" was recorded between January and July 1970 and was released on October 5, 1970 by Atlantic Records. Composed largely at a remote cottage in Wales known as Bron-Yr-Aur, this work represented a maturing of the band's music towards a greater emphasis on folk and acoustic sounds. This surprised many fans and critics, and upon its release the album received rather indifferent reviews. Although it is not one of the highest sellers in Led Zeppelin's catalogue, "Led Zeppelin III" is now generally praised, and acknowledged as representing an important milestone in the band's history.

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All of these years later, it is startling to most fans to find out that the members of Led Zeppelin, particularly founding guitarist/producer Jimmy Page, were growing increasingly frustrated by the constant barrage of attacks from the powerful English music press. While American critics and consumers alike made Led Zeppelin’s first two uber-electric blues/rock albums wildly successful, back home the London press bashed the band mercilessly for the band’s unapologetic focus on the much larger North American market, and a lack of deference to these self-appointed (and self-important) kingmakers .

A break from two years of almost non-stop touring, mostly in the U.S., was in order so Page and singer/lyricist Robert Plant snuck away to a rural cottage in Wales which had been in Plant’s family for years. The old structure on a hill did not even have electricity, so Jimmy and Robert composed by firelight strictly on acoustic guitar, infusing some of the songs on Led Zeppelin III with a pastoral, ancient, sometimes exotic flavor. For many years after, casual fans would remember III more for the album’s cover with the rotating wheel than for the music inside, but now it is clear that Led Zeppelin III was the all-important transitional bridge to later masterpieces like Physical Graffiti several years later.

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