April 14, 2021

News: The future of Mediasurf is with Florenfile! All files are being moved to Florenfile (3/25/2021)



. News (3/25/2021)

After much deliberation with the staff, the decision to switch from Mega.nz to Florenfile.com has been made. The website will no longer be free because it can no longer be free. Mega has been extremely unreliable and have now begun to blacklist most of our featured links. Several publications were removed due Mega's constant blacklisting. 

The second factor in this decision is Adfly. Too many technical support scams have hampered our progress, both updating and publishing new links. Staff members spent more time reporting tech support scams to Adfly and other sources to the point where no new rips could be made or be published - and that was just the US traffic! We could not get rid of the international scams that were also present. This service (Adfly) has kept the site free but it is plagued with too many problems. We simply cannot expose our audience to this kind of garbage any longer as we can no longer keep up with the filth ourselves. It has taken too much time away from posting daily.

We recommend that everyone grab everything they can while they still can as the staff is currently moving everything to Florenfile right now. This is currently the transitional period so keep this in mind.
 
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The positives of this decision is the fact that many of those entries that were blacklisted by Mega could make their back onto Florenfile which in turn, means that they could be featured here as well. Reliable hosting means more publications in the long run and NO MORE ADFLY. We're just hoping for the best. We'll see you on the other side. 

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. Update: 3/24/2021

There was an error with our redirection link from the old .org domain to the current .ch domain. The website IS ONLINE. It was merely a redirection error. We apologize for the scare and inconvenience this caused. We are still a float.

. Update: 3/14/2021

The staff has just updated their WinRar software. They are currently using version 6.00. Please make sure to update your software to the current version to avoid extraction errors. As always, WinRar is the only software required to extract the files featured on this website. Other extraction softwares such as Peazip, 7z, Win Zip etc... are not required and will produce extraction errors on RAR files made with WinRar

. Update: 3/9/2021

Staff member Lass is currently updating all of her entries in the R&B section. A list of what has currently been updated can be found below. As such, requests for updates in this section will not be published but can still be made. The bot will will not publish your requests but it will send the requests to Lass and later Sentinel so that the entries can be updated at a later time.

- Entries that are currently updated (by artists name):










10.) Bobby Brown: https://www.mediasurfer.ch/search?q=bobby+brown (3/11/2021)


12.) Erykah Badu: https://www.mediasurfer.ch/search?q=Erykah+Badu (3/11/2021)



15.) Marques Houston: https://www.mediasurfer.ch/search?q=Marques+Houston (3/13/2021)



18.) All-4-One: https://www.mediasurfer.ch/search?q=all-4-one (3/13/2021)



21.) Alicia Keys: https://www.mediasurfer.ch/search?q=alicia+keys (3/16/2021)

22.) Jagged Edge: https://www.mediasurfer.ch/search?q=jagged+edge (3/16/2021)



25.) A Few Good Men: https://www.mediasurfer.ch/search?q=a+few+good+men (3/20/2021)





30.) Kelly Price: https://www.mediasurfer.ch/search?q=kelly+price (3/21/2021)

31.) Jody Watley: https://www.mediasurfer.ch/search?q=Jody+Watley (3/21/2021)

32.) Keith Sweat: https://www.mediasurfer.ch/search?q=keith+sweat (3/212/2021)
 
. Update: 3/8/2021

The F.A.Q.'s section has been restored. It can be accessed via the website's main menu or you can click on the following URL: https://www.mediasurfer.ch/p/blog-page.html This section has been updated for 2021 and features many answers to commonly asked questions. We encourage all users both new and returning ones to read the information provided in the FAQ's section to avoid any mishaps and headaches.

. Update: 3/4/2021

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JCD & The Dawg LB. - A Day In The Life (1992)

*A photo of the disc is included in the RAR file.
Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Hip-Hop
Style: Gangsta Rap
Label Number: PCD-1435

© 1992 Profile Records
Unlike New York, L.A., Philadelphia, Oakland, Atlanta and Miami, St. Louis wasn't considered a major city for rap in the 1980s or 1990s. This isn't to say that St. Louis didn't have its share of rappers, but not many of them recorded for well known labels or enjoyed anything more than local or regional success. One rap act that came out of St. Louis in the early '90s was JCD and the Dawg LB., whose A Day in the Life is a likable, if uneven, hardcore rap outing. Rapper JCD and his associates don't bring any unique, distinctive or groundbreaking perspectives to hip-hop -- for the most part, they rap about their sexual misadventures and how rough the streets of St. Louis' inner-city areas are. But tunes like "St. Louis Niggas," "Over Pussy" and "Kibbles and Bits" are catchy enough, and some of their reflections on urban life are rather funny in a twisted, dark-humored sort of way. Like many blues and country artists, rappers such as JCD have a way of laughing at the dark side of life (Everlast wasn't off base when he called Johnny Cash a "b-boy"). A Day in the Life is far from a hip-hop masterpiece, but this obscure CD isn't without its pleasures.

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tags: jcd and the dawg lb, dog, a day in the life, 1992, flac,

April 13, 2021

Buddha Brand - 人間発電所 - プロローグ (Maxi Single) (1996)

*ディスクの写真はRARファイルに含まれています。
(A photo of the disc is included in the RAR file.)

Country: Japan
Language: Japanese (日本語)
Genre: Hip-Hop
Label Number: CTCR-14043

© 1996 Cutting Edge, 76 Records
*No professional reviews are available for this release.

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tags: buddha brand, 人間発電所 - プロローグ, maxi single, 1996, flac,

Buddha Brand - 病める無限のブッダの世界 ~Best of The Best (金字塔)~ (2000)

 

*2枚組デジパックセット。 2枚のディスクの写真がRARファイルに含まれています。
(2 disc digipak set. A photo of the 2 discs is included in the RAR file.)

Country: Japan
Language: Japanese (日本語)
Genre: Hip-Hop
Label Number: CTCR-14150-1
              *****

© 2000 Cutting Edge, 76 Records
*No professional reviews are available for this release.

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tags: buddha brand, 病める無限のブッダの世界 best of the best (金字塔), the best of buddha brand, 2000, flac,

Zingi - Tokyo Tribe (1996)

*ディスクの写真はRARファイルに含まれています。
A photo of the disc is included in the RAR file.

Country: U.S.A.
Language: Japanese (日本語)
Genre: Hip-Hop
Label Number: VICL-5323

© 1996 Avion/Victor Entertainment, Inc.
*No professional reviews are available for this release.

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tags: zingi, tokyo tribe, 1996, flac,

四街道ネイチャー (Yotsukaido Nature) - V.I.C. Tomorrow (1998) ☠

*ディスクの写真はRARファイルに含まれています。
A photo of the disc is included in the RAR file.
Country: Japanese
Language: Japanese (日本語)
Genre: Hip-Hop
Label Number: GUNCD-1003
☠: Selected by Sentinel
© 1998 Guntez Records
*No professional reviews are available for this release.

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tags: 四街道ネイチャー, yotsukaido nature, vic tomorrow, 1998, flac,

Soul Scream - The "Deep" (1996) ☠

*ディスクの写真はRARファイルに含まれています。
A photo of the disc is included in the RAR file.

Country: Japan
Language: Japanese (日本語)
Genre: Hip-Hop
Label Number: 27NL007D
☠: Selected by Sentinel
© 1996 Next Level Recordings
*No professional reviews are available for this release.

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tags: soul scream, the deep, 1996, flac,

Soul Scream - The Positive Gravity ~案とヒント~ (1999)

*ディスクの写真はRARファイルに含まれています。
(A photo of the disc is included in the RAR file)

Country: U.S.A.
Language: Japanese (日本語)
Genre: Hip-Hop
Label Number: PSCR-5242

© 1999 Polystar Records
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tags: soul scream, the positive gravity, 1999, flac,

Soul Scream - Future Is Now (2002)

*ディスクの写真はRARファイルに含まれています。
(A photo of the disc is included in the RAR file)

Country: Japan
Language: Japanese (日本語)
Genre: Hip-Hop
Style: Pop Rap
Label Number: PCCA-01669

© 2002 Pony Canyon
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tags: soul scream, future is now, 2002, flac,

Radiohead - In Rainbows (2007)

Country: United Kingdom
Genre: Art Rock, Experimental Rock
Label Number: XLCD 324

© 2007 XL Recordings
In Rainbows, as a title, implies a sense of comfort and delightfulness. Symbolically, rainbows are more likely to be associated with kittens and warm blankets than the grim and glum circumstances Radiohead is known for soundtracking. There's a slight, if expected, twist at play. The band is more than familiar with the unpleasant moods associated with colors like red, green, and blue -- all of which, of course, are colors within a rainbow -- all of which are present, and even mentioned, during the album. On a couple levels, then, In Rainbows is not any less fitting as a Radiohead album title than "Myxomatosis" is as a Radiohead song title. Despite references to "going off the rails," hitting "the bottom," getting "picked over by the worms," being "dead from the neck up," and feeling "trapped" (twice), along with Radiohead Wordplay Deluxe Home Edition pieces like "comatose" and "nightmare" -- in the same song! double score! -- the one aspect of the album that becomes increasingly perceptible with each listen is how romantic it feels, albeit in the way that one might find the bioport scenes in David Cronenberg's eXistenZ to be extremely hot and somewhat unsettling. Surprisingly, some of the album's lyrics are even more personal/universal and straightforward than anything on The Eraser, the album made by Thom Yorke and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. "I'm an animal trapped in your hot car," from "All I Need," has to be one of the saddest, most open-hearted metaphors used to express unrequited love. "House of Cards" begins with "I don't want to be your friend/I just want to be your lover/No matter how it ends/No matter how it starts," and the one with the worms includes "I'd be crazy not to follow/Follow where you lead/Your eyes/They turn me." This effective weaving of disparate elements -- lyrical expressions commonly associated with the band, mixed in with ones suited for everyday love ballads -- goes for the music as well. The album is very song-oriented, with each track constantly moving forward and developing, yet there are abstract electronic layers and studio-as-instrument elements to prevent it from sounding like a regression. In Rainbows will hopefully be remembered as Radiohead's most stimulating synthesis of accessible songs and abstract sounds, rather than their first pick-your-price download.

tags: radiohead, in rainbows 2007, flac,

Poor Righteous Teachers - Holy Intellect (1990)

*U.S. first pressing. 
Contains 12 tracks total.
Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Hip-Hop
Style: Conscious Rap, Ragga
Label Number: PCD-1289

© 1990 Profile Records
Holy Intellect was Poor Righteous Teachers' excellent debut, as well as the group's highest-charting release, peaking at number 142 on the Billboard 200. Rhymes reflecting the beliefs of the Five Percent Nation never translated to mass appeal, but the group's inability to become more popular is kind of surprising, given that this album can be enjoyed by any fan of Gang Starr, Main Source, the Jungle Brothers, or A Tribe Called Quest. At the very least, it contains some of the era's most undervalued MCing. Perhaps it was the group's name, neither as tough-sounding as Public Enemy nor as clever as Brand Nubian. Or maybe they just lacked that one big breakout single. Produced mostly by Tony "Tony D" Depula (YZ, Jazzy Jay, King Sun), Holy Intellect contains many examples of late-'80s/early-'90s rap positing brainy lyrics over energizing productions suited for a party. Having a good time and feeding your mind didn't have to be mutually exclusive events. Take "Butt Naked Booty Bless," which, instrumentally, could be used for any old crowd-goading chatter, rather than Wise Intelligent lines like "Lessons are the key to the style I drop/Hip-hop, not miscellaneous rhymes." It is worth noting that three tracks were released as singles that hit the Billboard rap chart: the hard-charging "Holy Intellect," the relaxed "Rock Dis Funky Joint," and the tender "Shakiyla," (which sampled Zapp's "Be Alright" before Big Daddy Kane's "Prince of Darkness" and 2Pac's "Keep Ya Head Up").

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tags: poor righteous teachers, holy intellect, 1990, flac,

Poor Righteous Teachers - Pure Poverty (1991)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Hip-Hop
Style: Conscious Rap, Ragga
Label Number: PCD-1415

© 1991 Profile Records
Rappers who take a strong moral stance were beginning to proliferate when the second Poor Righteous Teachers album came out, but this young trio had been "teaching the righteous way" since the beginning, combining hard, funky beats with culture-conscious didacticism. With stage names like Wise Intelligent, Culture Freedom and Father Shaheed, the three may have come across as a bit pretentious, but they really were quite serious; their stated goal was to "teach the blind, deaf and dumb who the real living God is." Okay, maybe a lot pretentious. And if it weren't for the spare, airtight beats and the dexterous samples, their lyrics of cultural awareness, self-sufficiency and religious discipline would probably have fallen flat. But those beats are there and so is the flow -- Wise Intelligent's lilting, reggae-influenced speed rap is especially fine, especially on the dancehall-inflected "Easy Star" and "I'm Comin' Again," an a cappella rap. There are occasional moments of self-contradiction, maybe even hypocrisy: though they solemnly preach respect for "the Black woman," they apparently see nothing wrong with using her orgasmic moans and groans to spice up a track or two. But the album's still a winner overall.

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tags: poor righteous teachers, pure poverty, 1991, flac,

Poor Righteous Teachers - Black Business (1993)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Hip-Hop
Style: Conscious Rap, Ragga
Label Number: PCD-1443

© 1993 Profile Records
The Poor Righteous Teachers offered more Islamic and Afrocentric raps on this album, sometimes becoming overly pedantic, but also keeping the raps and rhymes flowing and the beats moving. Their material's propagandistic tone was offset to some extent by the use of reggae and funk influences, but few groups are more open about their religious and political affiliations and beliefs.

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tags: poor righteous teachers, black business, 1993, flac,

Poor Righteous Teachers - The New World Order (1996) ☠

*A photo of the disc is included in the RAR file.

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Hip-Hop
Style: Conscious Rap
Label Number: PRO-1471-2
☠: Selected by Sentinel
© 1996 Profile Records
Poor Righteous Teachers arrive on the scene to drop knowledge for those who just don't know. The album is contains plenty of guest appearances and is chock full of lyrics for the mind. The New World Order is out to give people ideas about what should be going on in their lives, and what they should be doing to make things right. Step right up, school's in session.

With help from The Fugees, "Allies", this track turns out lovely. If you're going to step to the Poor Righteous Teachers, you better come preapared, cause The Fugees got they back. They all in this shit together, making things work. Only the strong survive, like it goes, 'Now/Put it away and stay the fuck up outta my face/I smack you in your mouth homeboy/And you be missin' taste/What a waste/To everything existin' up to now/So many claimin' butta/But just don't be knowin' how'(track #4 1:41-1:52). To be blunt about it, The Fugees make this track superb. Otherwise, this track would be plain old regular. Check the chorus, you'll know what time it is.

How fitting it is, on a CD dealing with knowledge and power, to have the T-Cha himself, KRS-ONE. He lends his wisdom on "Conscious Style", dealing with the fact that many of us have given up on learning real shit and are learning the ills of life. The cut opens up with, 'Where all the teachers went/With all that poor Black shit/Where all the conscious niggas/That used to chat like this/See I remember yesterday/When y'all was gods on Earth/Egyptians and manifestors on the verge of givin' birth/To understanding/And plantin' seeds that grow/Now everybody's on that bullshit 'bout killin' an' so'(track #10 0:31-0:46). Listen to this cut, and figure out where you need to be at. Even if you know where you're at, still give it a listen.

Other cuts worth giving a listen to are "Miss Ghetto", maybe a bit played out, but still decent; "They Turned Gangsta", with a little touch of reggae; and "Fo Da Love Of Dis", proclaiming one's love for hiphop. More was expected of this album, but it's not a weak effort. For those into elevating one's mind and having thoughts and visions in your head, this is worth the pickup. Check the unlisted track at the end. Like a heavy workout, it does a body (and mind) good.

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tags: poor righteous teachers, the new world order, 1996, flac,

Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto (2011)

Country: United Kingdom
Genre: Pop Rock
Label Number: 509990 87553 2 2

© 2011 Capitol Records
Coldplay finally surrender to their essential good nature on Mylo Xyloto, their fifth album and first to ditch all pretense of brooding melancholia. Which isn’t to say the band doesn’t drift along on some pleasingly spacy atmospheres conjured by longtime producer Brian Eno: there’s still a veneer of classy disaffection that inevitably dissipates due to the relentless sunniness of Chris Martin and company. Eno's echoes and ambience -- the only things that still mark Coldplay as anything resembling progressive -- positively sparkle when they meet the band’s bright, chipper melodies, yet Coldplay's innate good manners restrain the album, keeping it just this side of a rush of candied pop. Such politeness can verge on the dull -- criminally so when they bring Rihanna in for “Princess of China,” a duet so toothless she may as well have stayed home -- but Mylo Xyloto has a leg up on other Coldplay records for this simple reason: they’re no longer attempting to mimic U2's portentous piety. They’ve embraced their schoolboy selves and are simply singing songs of love and good cheer, albeit on a grand scale that somehow seems smaller due to the group’s insuppressible niceness.

tags: coldplay, my xyloto, 2011, flac,

Coldplay - Ghost Stories (Deluxe Edition) (2014)

*Target retail store deluxe edition. 
Contains 3 bonus tracks. 
13 tracks total.
Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Electronica
Label Number: 542280-2

© 2014 Atlantic/Parlophone
Around the time Coldplay's sixth album, Ghost Stories, was scheduled for release, lead singer Chris Martin announced he was divorcing his wife, the actress Gwyneth Paltrow. In light of this news, it's hard not to see Ghost Stories as a breakup record, a romantic confessional written in the wake of a painful separation. Certainly, the album bristles with references to broken hearts and regrets, ruminations on how the past informs the present, its every song infused with an inescapable melancholy, but the album doesn't play like a deep wallow in sorrow. It is soft, even alluring, a soundtrack to a seduction, not a separation. Much of that feel comes from the record's smooth crawl forward, how it's never hurried and always accentuating its good side, but there's also a sense that Martin, or the band in general, is anxious to a hit a reset button, to slowly recede from the artiness of the Eno-encouraged excursions of the late 2000s and reconnect with the sweet, simple band responsible for Parachutes. Like any attempt to revive the past, it's hard to reconcile that those were indeed different times. As majestic as they sounded in 2000, there was no denying Coldplay were a basic rock band, anchored on six strings and rarely finding textures outside of the confines of an amplifier. Fourteen years later, keyboards are at the group's foundation, a significant shift accentuated by their succumbing to a hallmark of modern production: they have a producer for every track. Coldplay may not be forceful, but within their incessant politeness they do have a distinctive personality, one that shines through whatever tricks individual producers bring to the table. Stars that they are, they can afford to enlist EDM sensation Avicii and R&B stalwart Timbaland to color individual tracks (they're responsible for "A Sky Full of Stars" and "True Love," respectively), giving Ghost Stories a fleet electronic facility that undercuts Coldplay's reputation as a dogmatic rock band without ever suggesting the group is adventurous. It's a nifty trick, a record that skirts any accusation of stodginess yet still feels as comforting as a warm bath, which is why Ghost Stories never feels heartbroken. Often, it feels like the lament of the sensitive soul who just had his heart broken but won't let his pain detract him from picking up that pretty girl at the end of the bar. This may seem a contradiction but it also suits a band like Coldplay, who at this stage of their career quite clearly want to be everything to everybody. If your heart is shattered and you want to slide into self-pity, turn here. If you are feeling free and want to woo a new love, turn here. If you want to just enjoy every soft, supple turn a rock band could do, turn here. Coldplay are here for comfort, as Ghost Stories proves time and time again.

tags: coldplay, ghost stories, deluxe edition, 2014, flac,

April 12, 2021

Various Artists - Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1992) ☠

*A photo of the disc is included in the RAR file.
Country: U.S.A.
Genre: House, Pop Rock, Reggae Pop, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Label Number: CK 52854
☠: Selected by Lass
© 1992 Columbia
This average collection of outtakes from a bunch of medium-level rockers assembled for an amusing but forgettable teen horror comedy is for completists who must have everything by Matthew Sweet, Susanna Hoffs, Toad the Wet Sprocket, the Divinyls (a reasonable cover of "I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore"), Ozzy Osbourne, or the Cult. Post-Judas Priest singer Rob Halford has a solo selection, "Light Comes Out of Black."

tags: various artists, buffy the vampire slayer, original motion picture soundtrack, ost, 1992, flac,

April 11, 2021

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin (1969) ☠

*US first pressing with CD mastering by Bill Diament. 
Contains 9 tracks total.
Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Hard Rock
Label Number: SD 19126-2
☠: Selected by Buccaneer
© 1969-1987 Atlantic Records
Led Zeppelin had a fully formed, distinctive sound from the outset, as their eponymous debut illustrates. Taking the heavy, distorted electric blues of Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, and Cream to an extreme, Zeppelin created a majestic, powerful brand of guitar rock constructed around simple, memorable riffs and lumbering rhythms. But the key to the group's attack was subtlety: it wasn't just an onslaught of guitar noise, it was shaded and textured, filled with alternating dynamics and tempos. As Led Zeppelin proves, the group was capable of such multi-layered music from the start. Although the extended psychedelic blues of "Dazed and Confused," "You Shook Me," and "I Can't Quit You Baby" often gather the most attention, the remainder of the album is a better indication of what would come later. "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" shifts from folky verses to pummeling choruses; "Good Times Bad Times" and "How Many More Times" have groovy, bluesy shuffles; "Your Time Is Gonna Come" is an anthemic hard rocker; "Black Mountain Side" is pure English folk; and "Communication Breakdown" is a frenzied rocker with a nearly punkish attack. Although the album isn't as varied as some of their later efforts, it nevertheless marked a significant turning point in the evolution of hard rock and heavy metal. 

tags: led zeppelin, led zeppelin album, 1969, 1987, flac,

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II (1969) ☠

*U.S. first pressing with CD mastering by Bill Diament. 
Contains 9 tracks total.
Country: United Kingdom
Genre: Hard Rock
Label Number: 19127-2
☠: Selected by Buccaneer
© 1969-1987 Atlantic Records
Recorded quickly during Led Zeppelin's first American tours, Led Zeppelin II provided the blueprint for all the heavy metal bands that followed it. Since the group could only enter the studio for brief amounts of time, most of the songs that compose II are reworked blues and rock & roll standards that the band was performing on-stage at the time. Not only did the short amount of time result in a lack of original material, it made the sound more direct. Jimmy Page still provided layers of guitar overdubs, but the overall sound of the album is heavy and hard, brutal and direct. "Whole Lotta Love," "The Lemon Song," and "Bring It on Home" are all based on classic blues songs -- only, the riffs are simpler and louder and each song has an extended section for instrumental solos. Of the remaining six songs, two sport light acoustic touches ("Thank You," "Ramble On"), but the other four are straight-ahead heavy rock that follows the formula of the revamped blues songs. While Led Zeppelin II doesn't have the eclecticism of the group's debut, it's arguably more influential. After all, nearly every one of the hundreds of Zeppelin imitators used this record, with its lack of dynamics and its pummeling riffs, as a blueprint. 

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Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III (1970)

*U.S. first pressing with CD mastering by Bill Diament. 
Contains 10 tracks total.
Country: United Kingdom
Genre: Hard Rock
Label Number: SD 19128-2

© 1970-1987 Atlantic Records
On their first two albums, Led Zeppelin unleashed a relentless barrage of heavy blues and rockabilly riffs, but Led Zeppelin III provided the band with the necessary room to grow musically. While there are still a handful of metallic rockers, III is built on a folky, acoustic foundation that gives the music extra depth. And even the rockers aren't as straightforward as before: the galloping "Immigrant Song" is powered by Robert Plant's banshee wail, "Celebration Day" turns blues-rock inside out with a warped slide guitar riff, and "Out on the Tiles" lumbers along with a tricky, multi-part riff. Nevertheless, the heart of the album lies on the second side, when the band delve deeply into English folk. "Gallows Pole" updates a traditional tune with a menacing flair, and "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp" is an infectious acoustic romp, while "That's the Way" and "Tangerine" are shimmering songs with graceful country flourishes. The band hasn't left the blues behind, but the twisted bottleneck blues of "Hats off to (Roy) Harper" actually outstrips the epic "Since I've Been Loving You," which is the only time Zeppelin sound a bit set in their ways. 

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