“As a song, it was actually kind of punky,” John Paul Jones says.
“It’s a lot of fun to play”
Later this month, Led Zeppelin will release deluxe reissues of 1971’s Led Zeppelin IV and 1973’s Houses Of The Holy. The latest installments of their year-long archival campaign, both were remastered by Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and include a second disc of bonus, unreleased music.
Already we’ve heard a grittier version of Led Zeppelin IV‘s “Black Dog” and a stripped-down rendering of “The Rain Song” off Houses Of The Holy. Now, comes an alternate rendition of the Led Zeppelin IV track “Rock and Roll”. Here, a different mix of guitars evokes a somewhat softer, less dynamic tone. It doesn’t shift the song into a new direction per se, but this take certainly doesn’t wield the sweltering oomph of the final track we all know and love today.
Page spoke to Rolling Stone about the song’s undeniable exuberance, saying, “‘Rock and Roll’ has just got that cheeky energy about it. It’s a party. ‘It’s been a long time since I rock and rolled.’ It says it all, really. It’s great lyrics and it’s a great performance.”
Bassist John Paul Jones added, “As a song, it was actually kind of punky; pre-punk. It was really fast too, onstage anyway. It just got really quick, a lot of energy. It’s a lot of fun to play. The crowd loved it. We loved it.”
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Both reissues are due out on October 28th. The Led Zeppelin IV deluxe edition includes unreleased versions of every song appearing on the original album, including alternate mixes of “Misty Mountain Hop”, “Four Sticks”, “The Battle Of Evermore”, and “Stairway To Heaven”. Meanwhile, the companion disc for Houses Of The Holy includes rough and working mixes for “The Ocean” and “Dancing Days”, a guitar mix backing track for “Over The Hills And Far Away”, and a version of “The Rain Song” without piano.
Led Zeppelin IV Deluxe Reissue Tracklist:
01. Black Dog
02. Rock And Roll
03. The Battle of Evermore
04. Stairway To Heaven
05. Misty Mountain Hop
06. Four Sticks
07. Going To California
08. When The Levee Breaks
01. Black Dog – Basic Track With Guitar Overdubs
02. Rock And Roll – Alternate Mix
03. The Battle Of Evermore – Mandolin/Guitar Mix From Headley Grange
04. Stairway To Heaven – Sunset Sound Mix
05. Misty Mountain Hop – Alternate Mix
06. Four Sticks – Alternate Mix
07. Going To California – Mandolin/Guitar Mix
08. When The Levee Breaks – Alternate UK Mix
Houses of the Holy Deluxe Reissue Tracklist:
01. The Song Remains The Same
02. The Rain Song
03. Over The Hills And Far Away
04. The Crunge
05. Dancing Days
06. D’yer Mak’er
07. No Quarter
08. The Ocean
01. The Song Remains The Same – Guitar Overdub Reference Mix
02. The Rain Song – Mix Minus Piano
03. Over The Hills And Far Away – Guitar Mix Backing Track
04. The Crunge – Rough Mix – Keys Up
05. Dancing Days – Rough Mix With Vocal
06. No Quarter – Rough Mix With JPJ Keyboard Overdubs – No Vocal
07. The Ocean – Working Mix
Answering questions submitted by fans, Jimmy Page was grilled onstage at L’Olympia Theatre, Paris, the source of the 1969 live recordings included as bonus material on the new Led Zeppelin I.
Reviewing the live tracks, Page noted that “The whole energy of the audience is just incredible, and it’s driving us on,” before adding that “it was a bit of a communion”.
The event was live-streamed from L’Olympia. But if you missed it, for whatever reason, adjust your disappointment with this taste of front row action from Page’s Q&A…
Page premiered material from the 1969 live show – including versions of Good Times Bad Times/Communication Breakdown and You Shook Me – plus bonus tracks from the Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III remasters, including rough mixes of Heartbreaker, Gallows Pole, Since I’ve Been Loving You and The Immigrant Song.
A new version of classic 1969 track features on expanded version of ‘Led Zeppelin II’
Published on May 27, 2014
From Led Zeppelin II (Deluxe Edition) – Led Zeppelin’s remastered second album will include additional companion audio with unreleased studio outtakes To be released on multiple CD, vinyl, and digital formats as well as a Limited Edition Super Deluxe Box. Details on all formats are here: http://www.ledzeppelin.com.
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The official music video for Led Zeppelin – “Whole Lotta Love (Rough Mix With Vocal)”
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Website – http://www.ledzeppelin.com
Previewing the new Led Zeppelin remasters, Jimmy Page reveals a ‘rough mix’ of the Zep II classic.
ONSTAGE AT PARIS’S L’OLYMPIA theatre lastnight at 7.30pm BST Led Zeppelin guitarist, songwriter and curator Jimmy Page will introduce music from his brand-new remasters of Led Zeppelin albums I, II and III, slated for release on June 2.
Unfortunately, the video from last night in youtube was deleted.
The scene of the October 1969 show resurrected as bonus material on the new version of Led Zeppelin I, L’Olympia will also host a live Page Q&A, where he will answer questions about the group, the remastering and the unearthed material, submitted by fans across the world.
There’s also a “trailer” version, for those with slightly less time on their hands.
The new versions of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III are released on June 2.
As predicted towards the end of last year, the first three Led Zeppelin albums will be reissued with a plethora of exclusive bonus tracks on June 2.
Led Zeppelin ILed Zeppelin I: black becomes white.
Earlier today, three album sleeves were posted, unexplained, on the group’s Facebook page. They appear to be rather attractive ‘negative’ images of the covers of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III, underlining the status of the new releases as ‘alt’ versions of the originals.
Each album features a ‘companion’ disc presenting unearthed material from the group’s creative heyday. Treasures include a whole October 10, 1969 show from the Olympia in Paris in the Led Zeppelin I package. Led Zep II and III comprise work-in-progress versions of tracks, giving a unique and fascinating insight into the group’s creative process in their first flush, 1968-1970.
“In some cases it’s alternate mixes or even backing tracks,” Zep founder, guitarist and curator Jimmy Page explains exclusively to MOJO. “Like Out On The Tiles, for instance. That sounds like a really horny, beefy instrumental. To revisit it like that is like, ‘Oh! Wow!’ It’s powerful stuff.”
Page has been mindful of what is already available to fans in – ahem – ‘unofficial’ form.
“I’m the sort of person that if I start something, I don’t want to leave any stone unturned – so I will seek things here and seek things there,” he explains. “I wasn’t going to be intimidated by the bootlegs that were out there but I was mindful of what was on them. I looked at what was out there and I looked at what I had and I thought, ‘There’s no way this version came out because I knew nobody had it but me.’”
Led Zeppelin III has yielded an especially rich trove of material, including a very different Since I’ve Been Loving You, a conflation of blues standards Keys To The Highway/Trouble In Mind and a previously (officially) unreleased instrumental, Jennings Farm Blues.
“It’s a forerunner of Bron Yr Aur Stomp,” says Page. “There’s all sorts of things that people haven’t heard.”
The subsequent six studio albums will follow in due course. Meanwhile, Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III will each be available from June 2 on Atlantic/Swan Song in the following formats:
Single CD – Remastered album packaged in a gatefold card wallet.
Deluxe Edition (2CD) – Remastered album, plus a second disc of unreleased companion audio.
Single LP – Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP’s first pressing in exacting detail. (For example, III will feature the original wheel and die cut holes.)
Deluxe Edition Vinyl – Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
Digital Download – Remastered album and companion audio will both be available.
Super Deluxe Boxed Set – This collection includes:
Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve.
Companion audio on CD in card wallet.
Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing.
Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
High-def audio download card off all content at 96kHz/24 bit. (Live tracks are 48kHz/24 bit).
Hard bound, 70+ page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.
High quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.
Led Zeppelin will also include a replica of the band’s original Atlantic press kit.
Next month, a rare batch of previously unreleased Led Zeppelin recordings will hit the auction block. The tracks were originally recorded during the sessions for 1975′s double album, Physical Graffiti.
Included in the collection are alternate mixes of “Trampled Underfoot”, “Driving to Kashmir”, “Custard Pie”, “In The Light (Everyone Makes It Then)”, “Swan Song Part 1″, and “Swan Song Part 2″. According to the company behind the auction, RR Auction, many of these takes are structurally different — some even completely instrumental – from those on the album’s final version.
As Rolling Stone notes, the tracks were recorded at Ronnie Lane’s Mobile Studio, one of the first ever mobile studios, built by audio engineer Ron Nevison. They’re among the larger Ron Nevison Collection, which is also auctioning songs from Eric Clapton’s Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert LP and early mixes of Bad Company’s eponymous debut.
Below, listen to a short sampler of the unreleased Led Zeppelin recordings and a 30-second clip of “In The Light”.
The RR Auction, dubbed Marvels of Modern Music, runs from March 13th through March 20th. Head here for more information.
Robert Plant joked that the bassist is trying to bribe him so they aren’t ever put out
Robert Plant has discovered some previously unreleased Led Zeppelin music, some of which features the band’s bassist John Paul Jones on vocals.
Speaking to BBC 6Music, the rocker said to Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie that he listened to the material with Jimmy Page and it is likely that the music will feature on the remastered releases of Led Zeppelin’s back catalogue, which he is currently working on.
He said: “I found some quarter-inch spools recently. I had a meeting with Jimmy and we baked ’em up and listened to ’em. And there’s some very, very interesting bits and pieces that probably will turn up on these things.” Speaking about John Paul Jones’ response to the material which features him on vocals, he joked that Jones is trying to bribe him not to release the songs. “So far, he’s going to give me two cars and a greenhouse not to get ’em on the album,” he said.
Earlier this year, Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis revealed that Led Zeppelin were at the top of her dream list for future headliners for the festival. Speaking to the BBC, Eavis was asked if there was a Post-it note on her fridge with her dream list written on. “Yeah, it’s on a napkin actually. On the fridge, there… We would love to have Adele. And we’d also love to have Led Zeppelin. I mean Zeppelin have got to do it haven’t they? It would be so good, wouldn’t it,” she said.