Led Zep­pelin’s ‘lost’ record­ings

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I don’t want to die and have some­body else do it.

Jimmy Page

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!

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