Led Zeppelin Unheard Recordings Included on Reissued Albums

Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 01:20 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Hall of Fame rockers Led Zeppelin released two previously unheard tracks the group made in the 1970s and the songs will be included in the reissuing of the group's first three albums in June.

The tracks include the blues classic "Keys to the Highway" and an early rendition of its hit song "Whole Lotta Love," according to BBC News. The group's guitarist Jimmy Page, 70, said he found the recordings after spending two-and-a-half years going through past materials.

"I don't want to die and have somebody else do it," said Page about the release of the unheard the recordings. "I'm authoritative about what was done in the first place."

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Page said the newly found tracks "deserves to be heard" by the band's fans because "it's performance art."

Led Zeppelin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

The Guardian reported last month that the reissuing of Led Zeppelin's albums come on the heels of the group's Grammy win for best rock album in January for "Celebration Day," the live recording of their 2007 reunion concert at the O2 Arena in London.

Page had talked about a revamping of the Led Zeppelin musicals catalogue since 2012 and the re-releases, scheduled for June 2, could be the beginning of that work, according to The Guardian. The band's singer Robert Plant said he found unheard recordings as well.

"I found some quarter-inch spools recently, and I had a meeting with Jimmy (Page), and we baked them up and listened to them," Plant told BBC Radio 6 Music. "There's some very, very interesting bits and pieces that probably will turn up on these things."

The "Keys to the Highway/Trouble in Mind," song, which will appear on "Led Zeppelin III," was recorded in 1970 at the Olympic Studios in London, but it was never released, according to BBC News.

The new "Whole Lotta Love" track will be featured on the "Led Zeppelin II" re-release. The original is missing the first chorus and middle section while new vocals appear on the finished version, as well as a slide guitar.

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