Led Zeppelin’s ‘lost’ recordings
I don’t want to die and have somebody else do it.
The legendary rock band Led Zeppelin has unearthed a number of ‘lost’ recordings ahead of the forthcoming reissue of their first three pioneering rock albums. The tracks include an early version of Whole Lotta Love, plus the never released Keys To The Highway, which was recorded at Olympic Studios in London in 1970, and originally intended to be featured on the Led Zeppelin II album.
It looks like the re-releases of the debut Led Zeppelin, plus Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin II will all feature ‘companion discs’ brimming full of additional material and studio outtakes.
Jimmy Page personally spent more than two years combing through the vaults, listening to hundreds of tapes before choosing the best material. “I don’t want to die and have somebody else do it,” he explains. “I’m authoritative about what was done in the first place.”
The extra material will give Zep fans the first chance to enjoy some of the band’s key recording sessions. “It was a particularly prolific time, where we were learning about each other’s capabilities,” remembers singer Robert Plant. “Jimmy and I were just fooling around with the stuff that we would play at home. We were just trying things out. Nothing was premeditated.”
The early version of Whole Lotta Love is without the first chorus, middle section and the slide guitar part featured in the Led Zeppelin II version. It also has different vocals. We look forward to hearing it, along with Keys To The Highway!
Plant and Page: an unbeatable combination!