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LED ZEPPELIN - LED ZEPPELIN III
Superb pressing with Executive Producer Credit, rare original cover and rare matrix numbers.
Original FIRST PRESS UK Labels with rare matrix variation. Great cover with perfect working wheel and crystal clear AUDIO!
Red and Plum Labels complete with "So Mote It Be" text, and "Executive Producer" Credit! This is a very rare pressing of Led Zeppelin III, having the 1st press label design, 1st press cover, the Peter Grant Executive Producer Credit and the extremely rare A6 B5 matrix numbers. A genuine rarity in great condition.
"We come from the land of the ice and snow, From the midnight sun where the hot springs blow. The hammer of the gods will drive our ships to new lands, To fight the horde, singing and crying, "Valhalla, I am coming!
So now you'd better stop and rebuild all your ruins, For peace and trust can win the day despite of all your losing."
Atlantic Deluxe 2401002.
LABEL PRESS DETAILS:
LED ZEPPELIN: "Led Zeppelin 3" LP. PLUM UK PRESSING, 7th NOVEMBER, 1970. RED & MAROON ATLANTIC LABEL with the 'EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: PETER GRANT' text.
MATRIX NOs. ON RUN-OUT GROOVE
Side 1 : 2401002 - A 6
Side 2. 2401002 - B 5 (with no space between the Catalogue Number, as can be found on subsequent pressings)
Side 1. '' 1 1 2 ''
Side 2. '' 1 1 6 '' (very early press)
'Following the staggering reunion triumph at the O2, which I was lucky enough to be at, with interest in Led Zeppelin greater than ever, with the site for the Ahmettribute.com tribute concert receiving an unbelievable 120 million hits, with 25 million people apparently registering for a Zeppelin ticket, its as good a time as any to invest in an original copy early press of this classic Zep album.'
LED ZEPPELIN 3 WAS A GROUNDBREAKING ALBUM WHICH HIT THE CHARTS ON 7th NOVEMBER 1970, AND STAYED THERE FOR A TOTAL OF 40 WEEKS. HIGHEST POSITION: no.1 IN THE UK AND THE USA, AND A UK ENTRY AT no. 1.
100% GENUINE 1970 UK PRESSING ON THE RED/PLUM ATLANTIC LABELS and the rarest cover and label Variant!!!!
An Ultra Rare pressing from Led Zeppelin in great condition throughout, from my own personal collection.
GENUINE EARLY PRESSINGS OF LED ZEPPELIN III ARE RARE, WITH A NUMBER OF FEATURES THAT DISTINGUISH THEM FROM ALL OTHER COPIES THAT WERE TO FOLLOW. THE MOST IMPORTANT DIFFERENCE THAT APPLIES TO 1ST PRESSINGS IS THAT TOWARDS THE TOP OF EACH LABEL ABOVE THE WHITE STRIPE, PRINTED IN LARGE TEXT IS ; - 'PRODUCED BY JIMMY PAGE', AND BELOW THIS 'EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: PETER GRANT'. THIS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT CAN ONLY BE FOUND ON THE VERY FIRST EVER UK PRESSINGS.
THIS LABEL FORMAT WAS CHANGED VERY QUICKLY, AND THE 'JIMMY PAGE' CREDIT WAS MOVED TO THE BOTTOM OF EACH LABEL (IN SMALLER TEXT) ON ALL LATER RE-PRESSINGS - WITH THE 'PETER GRANT' CREDIT BEING COMPLETELY REMOVED ALTOGETHER!!!!
ANOTHER DIFFERENCE IN THE 'CAT. NUMBER' ON THE LABELS!!!! 1ST PRESSINGS HAVE THE CAT. NUMBER AS '2401002' JOINED TOGETHER - WHERE AS ALL LATER PRESSINGS INSERT AN EXTRA 'DASH' AND SHOW THE CAT. NUMBER AS '2401-002'.
1st PRESS COVERS ALSO HAD NO WRITING ON THE BACK AND HAD AN UNUSUAL OPEN FORMAT AT THE TOP AND BOTTOM OF THE FRONT SLEEVE, QUICKLY REPLACED BY MORE TRADITIONAL FORMAT GATEFOLDS. A TINY FRACTION OF THESE COVERS WERE PRODUCED WITH THE RED AND WHITE KINNEY STICKER ON THE INSIDE, MAKING HTIS AN ULTIMATE RARITY.
ALBUM PLAYED FOR GRADING:
Yes – TOP AUDIO - brilliant sound quality throughout!
Led Zeppelin III is a complex and varied collection of music, and is a VERY sensitive piece of vinyl, extremely hard to find in clear audio condition. Worn copies can have a lot of surface sound, pops and clicks, even on musically complex and busy tracks like 'Gallows Pole.' This pressing has strong undistorted audio, with clear sound and barely any background static. There is certainly no dominant interference or distortion what so ever. It really sounds amazing and plays with great sound separation and clarity!
Superb sound, every track has been tested and I could find no obvious repeating sound blemishes. Wonderful TOP audio, there is NO distortion, NO sticks or jumps what so ever, and virtual silence between the tracks.
This vinyl is a gem! 'Tangerine ' sings out with silence in the run ins and quiet areas and not a single pop or click throughout. Great music with great clarity, and so hard to find with this type of sound. I will give a detailed account below:
Even for Led Zeppelin their third album is a complex and varied collection of music, and extremely hard to find in clear audio condition. This pressing has crystal clear audio, with barely any light static, and NO loud pops or clicks. A superb pressing that plays with no sound defects and no distortion what so ever.
The album starts straight away with great clear music, with so many sounds and layering that are usually inaudible on even slightly worn pressings. The run ins are near silent. 'Immigrant Song' bursts in and although it is a rockous track it can still be a real test for Zep III. Here it plays beautifully, with very little discernible static. The track bursts in with amazing power and clarity, a complex track with complex audio layering, all bright and clear. A wonderful 'Friends' starts with no light static, the whole track is incredibly clear. Super clear bright audio with perfect separation. Still no loud clicks or even a hint of light distortion or surface sound. 'Celebration Day' again plays with amazing bright clear sound.
'Since I've Been Loving You' begins with bright clear music, and very little detectable light background static. There is some occasional static but any that there is barely noticeable, and can be only be heard very occasionally. This is such a hard track to find with clear sound, and the intro is nearly always dominated by loud plops clicks and static. Not here. There are one or two light pops and a few light static tics but they are light. Even those layered echoes on Plants vocal; 'Just one More' is crystal clear, with every layered track having superb separation. It would be hard to ever find a clearer, brighter pressing. A slight tic between these two tracks only. 'Out on The Tiles' plays superbly, with no loud pops or clicks, and no obvious faint background static. Great audio, the whole album just plays superbly with not a hint of distortion anywhere, just great super clear sound.
'Gallows Pole' starts off side 2. again with great clear audio. The whole track plays with no loud pops and minimal static. At the very start of the track the audio is really clear. There is some static and the occasional static tic but nothing obvious. 'Tangerine' plays with great clear sound. There is some very light static and the occasional light tic, but certainly nothing obvious or even that noticeable. Such a test for Zep III, it plays here so well, every note is brilliantly sharp and bright.
The last of the quiet tracks on the album, 'Thats The Way' is again often blighted with heavy surface noise, but here it plays brilliantly. There is very little static, which is rare, and a few light pops. 'Bron - Aur Stomp' plays really well, with get clear sound. There are ten light tics at the very start and then the track plays with extremely bright power full audio. Rounding off the album with the massive 'Hats Off To Roy Harper,' this track just plays superbly. No loud pops, no clicks, no static. Just great, clear, booming, loud audio.
I really enjoyed this ULTRA RARE pressing of Zeppelin's classic album. There is NO distortion, and of course NO sticks or jumps what so ever. This pressing plays with crisp clear audio throughout, with no obvious loss of audio performance.
The music jumps out, with definition and clarity, the vocals which come through with tremendous power. Its the same with the bass guitar and drums, whilst the guitars come through crisp and clear. The tonal quality make this a sensational pressing. With the clear and extra loud First cut engineering giving the audio a vibrant sound which cannot be beaten.
This is a great Audio pleasure with bright clear sound. staggering first stereo mix, unlike the re-issues which lack the impact. A great all round example of this great vinyl.
The audio clarity is incredibly bight throughout, and grades at EXCELLENT to NEAR MINT, dipping to VERY GOOD PLUS at the start of 'Bron - Aur Stomp.'
THE RECORD – VISUAL GRADING
A superb piece of glossy vinyl, and a really thick pressing. Deep clear grooves that can only be found on the original pressings, this vinyl has only had little play. The record has great shine, with NO scratches, just some light handling marks. Only when inspected under a spot light I can see faint sleeve removal lines, a couple of tiny ultra light hairlines and light marks, but they are very light. When looking at this record in normal light it looks largely unmarked.
A great example of this rare pressing, and grades at EXCELLENT.
VINYL TESTED FOR ANY SIGNS OF WARPING:
Yes, NONE visible what so ever when tested be sight and on a moving turntable.
A lovely set of labels with barely any detectable spindle traces at all. The 1960's red & maroon colours of the Atlantic label are only found on original pressings, they were re-designed to have the orange and green colours in late 1971.
All first issues of Led Zeppelin III have two cryptic messages inscribed in the run-out grooves. Side 1. has, "Do What Thou Wilt," and Side 2. has "So Mote It Be," the Crowley text relating to Jimmy Page's interest in magic and mysticism. Page was reportedly one of the biggest collectors of Crowley artefacts. The motto first appeared on the first pressing's, intended to add an air of the mystical to the album and furthering the bands enigma.These are great examples, the colours are deep and unworn. A lovely set of these ultra rare first press labels. No obvious marks or scratches. No spindle wear and just one or two light spindle traces. All the colour is deep and un eroded, and there are no tears, writing or sticker marks on these all important and rare Plum labels. The colours are so deep on this pressing, and flat matt, truly fantastic examples. This is a great set of labels that grade at NEAR MINT.
This is a great example of the classic Zep III album cover. A laminate press cover, with prefect working wheel, sitting snugly on its spindle.
The opening edge is very square and un frayed. The inside Gatefold is clean and largely marked. The spine shows barely any wear, the spine text is totally intact, and is one of the squarest examples I have seen. All round, this is a really great cover. There are none of the usual laminate creases across rear gatefold, as clearly shown in the images. There is some light yellowing round the edges, that these covers are nearly always prone to. A few very light indentations only. All round, this is a great example with no obvious faults.
Graded at EXCELLENT.
Comes with Original 1st Press UK "British Patent", MADE IN ENGLAND Ploy Lined Inner sleeve, in EXCELLENT CONDITION. No rips, no tears, no stains, nice firmly attached solid and complete flip backs. A great example.
It is getting harder and harder to find good examples of early PLUM pressings of Led Zeppelin III, and very hard if not almost impossible to find ones in this condition. More than that, this is an extremely rare 1st UK press label edition, with the correct ultra rare 1st press cover all in great condition.
A plum Zep III in this type of condition is a truly rare piece. The vinyl is so often played so much, heavily marked, scratched, with noisy, poor and distorted sound. Any Plum examples with a record in this type of condition, that plays with great audio clarity is very rare. The cover is almost impossible to find without serious wear, even modestly worn examples are scarce. Finding a great cover like this, with a stunning little played piece of vinyl makes this a true and very rare collectable. fantastic!
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