Led Zeppelin: Success and Impact after Led Zeppelin III


Led Zeppelin: Success and Impact after Led Zeppelin III
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Led Zeppelin: Success and Impact after Led Zeppelin III

I’ll never forget who introduced me to metal as a young adolescent boy. I write so much about metal and have a fan blog about it and profane music because my uncle Johnny gave me my first record for my birthday with a record player and it was Led Zeppelin’s first album. I always saw uncle Johnny as nothing more than a lowly older plumber at his business plumbersofpompano.com. but that day changed everything for me and my love for music, especially metal.

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Founded by two-time Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy
Page, Led Zeppelin has earned its place in the heavy metal genre as one of
its revered forefathers. Slapped together to fulfill commitments left behind by
the legendary rock band The Yardbirds, Led
Zeppelin has since evolved into a life of its own and has went on to carve a
name for itself inside the annals of heavy metal history. To this very day, rock fans from every
generation continue to listen to Zeppelin.


Led Zeppelin is also one of the most successful bands from a
financial standpoint. Reported earnings from the song Stairway to Heaven are
said to be over a billion dollars on its own. In total, the band has released
nine studio albums, four live albums, and nine compilations that have enjoyed
commercial success. For this article, we will be focusing on albums with
respect to the period on which they were still writing and recording music.
This is separate their aesthetics musically— their impact and contributions
in terms of entertainment— while still holding into consideration these
albums commercial success.


Interestingly, the band’s first three albums Led
Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III account for nearly less than half of some their latter
counterparts. Combined, these three have just over 26 million copies sold, just
around 3 million over than the Led Zeppelin IV’s 23 million


The first three albums were also released too soon within
one another— in a period of less than two years. Led Zeppelin was released
just seven months before Led Zeppelin II; and Led
Zeppelin III just a full year after the second. This most likely prevented
their musical style from developing. The one-year period which the third album
was afforded to from the second, was largely praised, as the group transitioned
from being a sixties hard rock style into a new approach that featured
inspirations from folk rock and acoustic music. Led Zeppelin also put the song
lineups of the first two albums together amidst the backdrop of ongoing tours.


In Led Zeppelin III, lead guitarist Jimmy
Page and singer Robert Plant took the time out to
compose songs in a remote cottage in the Welsh countryside after North American
concert tour. This seclusion combined with a life of practically no modern
amenities, played a crucial role in bands shift in sound, as they were driven
to put value on acoustic elements. The band also began to adapt a more
democratic approach on terms of songwriting, as the first two albums were
heavily overseen with the sole efforts of Yardbirds holdover Page.



Originally released without a title, Led Zeppelin IV saw the
most success amongst any album in Zeppelin history. This is perhaps due to one
of their most iconic songs, Stairway to Heaven. Valued at over a billion dollars on
its won, Stairway to Heaven is so popular that it is said to be
the most sold sheet music piece in the rock genre. Other songs in the album
such as Going to California, Black Dog and Rock and Roll have
propelled it into the ninth spot in the all-time bestselling albums list. This album saw even more acclaim from critics
than Led
Zeppelin III on top of its commercial success. Released in 1971, Led
Zeppelin IV is certified twenty-three times platinum, with estimated
global sales of sold over 37 million copies.


Following Led Zeppelin IV is the 1975-released
Graffiti. Selling over 16
million copies, is Led Zeppelin’s
sixth studio album and the first to be published by their second label Swan Song after switching over from Atlantic. It’s a double album which
included outtakes from Led Zeppelin III, Led Zeppelin IV and Houses
of the Holy; as well as several unreleased tracks. Two of its most
popular songs are Kashmir and The Wanton Song.


Houses of the Holy, released
in 1973, was Led Zeppelin’s final album under Atlantic. The album sold
approximately 16 million copies, and comes in behind Led Zeppelin IV in terms
of commercial success during their time with their first label. The
Song Remains the Same and D’yer Mak’er are some of the most
memorable songs on the track list.


Led Zeppelin’s later albums; namely Presence, In Through the Out Door
and Coda are comprise the band’s least selling endeavors. Coda in
particular, was released two years after the Led Zeppelin’s disbandment and received relatively low ratings as
it offered just unused recordings throughout their entire time as a band.


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