2401002 – Led Zeppelin III


Comparison of the 2 labels differences; 1st pressing on the left which most noticeably has the following differences from the later issue on the right:

1. Executive Producer: Peter Grant

2. ‘2401002’ catalogue number has no gaps or hyphens

3. Central white band is parallel

4. Publishing credits ‘Warner Bros. Music Ltd’

the later issue also mis-names track 2 as ‘Celebration’ instead of ‘Celebration Day’ as well as deleting the Peter Grant credit and moving Jimmy Page’s producer credit into the lower ‘plum’ segment. The publishing credit has also dropped the ‘Ltd’ from Warner Bros. Music.

There is another version of the later pressing with all of the above changes but without the ‘Celebration’ error.

The earliest matrices for this album are A5/B5. Page was said to be unhappy with the first few test pressings and rejected them in favour of the 5th pressing, hence the earliest matrix you’ll find on either side will be A5 and B5. There are later matrix numbers. Also interesting is that the matrix was hand etched throughout and also includes the infamous Aleister Crowley quotes on either side:

Do What Thou Wilt

So Mote It Be

a complete 1st press should have the Peter Grant credit, hand etched matrices with both quotes as above.



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7 comments on “2401002 – Led Zeppelin III

  1. Hi, I see that you say that the earliest matrix is A5/B5. I have an early UK edition, stating Peter Grant and the matrix seems to be A4/B2! Don’t hesitate if you have some questions.

    • Hi Alex, thanks for your photos. Your copy is the reissue, which was made from new mothers and stampers which is why the matrix appears to be ‘earlier’ than the red/plum copies. The earliest matrix on the 1st issue red/plum labels is A5/B5.
      best regards

  2. Hi, On the first pressing A5/B5, on side 2, track 2, is there a deliberate restart of the track after the first few bars?

  3. i have a vinyl production of Led Zepplin SHLP-605 -A L.H11.with the HIT (?) with the sleve front showing the four faces in black & white as on the cover above on Atlantic– this was acquired in Iran.
    Any info on this?

  4. Thank you, I thought I was hearing things. It certainly makes you sit up and take notice. Had almost forgotten just how good LZ are. Keith

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