Led Zeppelin III 1970 1st UK press Red Plum A5B5 Celebration mote it be EX

Sold Date: February 3, 2024
Start Date: November 17, 2023
Final Price: £280.00 (GBP)
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This is from my own collection, I am not a dealer, in the next few months I am selling off part of my collection, some collectable and rarities, no filler! Thanks for looking!

Collectors Excellent vinyl and Sleeve a `Vault Stored` quality copy, plays superb.

Please note that this album is complete and original  October 1970 UK A5B5 1st pressing and is priced for its EX condition and rarety..

With  *Celebration*error on label side 1 ! Rare.

With solid transitional clean sleeve and fully working `Magic Wheel` with solid rivet really nice `vault stored copy'

The A5 B5 "so mote it be" and "do what thou wilst" hand etched matrixes are hand etched on side 1 , released in October 1970, there were only 300,000 sold in UK so a true 1970 press is very hard to find in Nr Mint

 This has the rare vinyl has the "celebration error" title on side 1, this was very short run abd corrected soon after so 1st presses only.

This we believe is now harder to find in good order than the "Peter Grant" labels (see our other listings) as only a few thousand were off the press run after the error was picked up, before the change to orange and green labels now 50 years on how many survive?

Next came *Celebration* error, instead of * Celebration day*

Vault stored collectors copy of this 1970 release press with the earliest hand etched A5 B5 matrices. compare with 6,000,000 sold in US, also the UK Version has in our view the better quality pressings and cover by EJ Day Is amazingly solid and stand up better than the US version.

This is a rare correct side 1 label version with the  "celebration " on label, and on the  A5 B5 matrixes hand etched on run out "so mote it be" and "do what thou wilst" a nod by Page to Aliester Crowley...

Page had at the time bought Crowley s old Boleskine house on the shores of Loch Ness Scotland and was researching Crowley work buying artifacts and "wands"

This is rare rare and getting hard to find in this vinyl in Ex condition, the vinyl is a keeper!

Led zeppelin III written between their "mayhem tours" in USA 69 and in July 1970 "on batteries!" at Bron Y Aur cottage Snowdonia Wales and recorded and "polished" at Olympic studios and Island Studios St Johns Wood  London Peter Grant "borrowed " Island Studios time from his old mate and adversary Micky Most.

The classic tracks are here by the bucketful again , the viking war cry of "immigrant song" , "since I've been loving you" (pages greatest blues) "celebration day", "out on the tiles" all jump off the grooves with incredible clarity on this copy, the audio is awesome on our Rega 3. Playtested also on our "super fussy" light tracking Kenwood deck all ok.

The acoustic tracks,

Friends, Bron Y Aur Stomp, Tangerine, That's the way and Gallows Pole all show how impressed Page and Plant had become with the current West Coast fashion led by Crosby Stills and Nash, Young, and the critics in UK panned them for this (time has shown this as misguided) probably more to do with sulking journalists wanting invites to the Starship and the US excess tours!

The "Bron Y Aur" and acoustic segments came to form as lasting part of the live stage sets and anyone who caught the 75 us and uk Earls Court Shows will tell you how well they were received by the rock audience.

Page got what he again wanted here and the mixing done at various locations dictated by tour schedule are a credit to the producer, despite delays by mastering artwork and "moving wheel" wrangles with pressing plants, but in the end an outstanding cover was produced by EJ Day London. Atlantic the album was released in UK end October 70 This is one of those early early copies ! A5 B5 the matrixes!

This recording was well received in US where Zeppelin were touring regular but in UK it got a cooler reception from the UK critics (at the time)

Atlantic by this time had given artistic freedom following the commercial success of Zep 2 but when Atlantic questioned the volume of acoustic numbers?

to this day many regard this as one of the greatest rock/folk mix albums of all time... judged for yourself but for us the audio quality of these red plum 1st presses are vastly superior to the recent "deluxe super deluxe releases!"

Atlantic did a great job in 1970 with these, word is Peter Grant got the pressing plants to clean the master discs more regular (using a process normally reserved for classical recordings) after the 2nd album'

rock and pop were still considered "passing phases" so it was not felt necessary to clean as often due to the volume they were recorded at with few quieter passages


Once again Grant broke the mold when he visited the uk pressing plant and "insisted" who would refuse him?

The job was done this way for the early runs in the first year or so... after...

Only the first presses came out with "Peter Grant" (see our other listings) Peter Grant Credits on the label only on a few months early presses so easy to spot once you know, see photos, this copy has *Celebration* on the label A5B5 1st pressing hand etched.

all photos are of actual item for sale, what you see is what you get here, see our 100% feedback!

Grab yourself a piece of rock history!

These are getting harder to find in anything like this condition.

The Record

A5 B5


Ex vinyl some wispy   lines only under light . audio has some slight static and click ,  some light scuffs and scrapes from sleeve removal over the years, slight static  on gallows pole which sounds slight bear in mind this is a 52 year old vinyl record! Nice fat pre oil crisis 70s vinyl wow !

Plays well with bright crisp sound may benefit from a professional clean (we don't do this as it's an individual thing) some background static and clicks are noticeable in the quieter passages but nothing to disrupt playing no sticks or jumps on our Rega 3.

The labels are free of writing doodles or stickers and retain great bold colours with no fade we can notice under light.

" Ex " vinyl a keeper .

The sleeve

Near  Excellent

Despite having done it's job over the years, the sleeve has little ring wear (see photos) its a liitle yellowed like some of these have after over 52 years storage .

good working wheel laminate some creasing . a keeper for sure. 

the sleeve is a 52 years old and has seen some use.

Its fair to say that these early red plum  copies are getting collectable ....still has its original 1970 "Plastic bags can be dangerous" inner sleeve its yellowed but in decent condition ...

The sleeve is fully working "magic wheel" with no stickers, tape, writing or doodles, names etc.  wheel turns freely these are old so carefully handled is best advice.


There are no seam splits , spine is in good shape, see photos .... colours are good the thick card has held up well, no serious damage, just expected wear over the 52 years. Near ex sleeve.

There is some removal handling wear over the years around the outer edges of the sleeve (see photos in listing) nothing serious so "Nr Ex"


The fully functioning "Magic Wheel" is truly a collectors item!

Atlantic Deluxe blue stamp on lower right of cover As seen here!

This is a keeper for someone looking for a wholly original press of this great album.

Nr mint copies are almost impossible now sometimes over £350+

This is a great affordable upgrade!

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