Led Zeppelin Drops 2 Unheard Tracks
Early version of 'Whole Lotta Love' shows song's progression
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2014 12:35 PM CDT
In this in this March 5, 1998, file photo, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant performs with guitarist Jimmy Page during a concert in Istanbul.   (AP Photo/Murad Sezer, File)

(Newser) – Led Zeppelin is reissuing its first three albums in June, but ahead of that comes a little more love for fans. Actually, it's a "Whole Lotta Love" and "Keys to the Highway"—previously unreleased versions that Jimmy Page culled from the band's vault in a two-year labor of love. "I don't want to die and have somebody else do it," he tells the BBC, which has clips of the songs. "I'm authoritative about what was done in the first place," and the new music "deserves to be heard."

"Keys to the Highway" was recorded in 1970, in what Robert Plant calls "a particularly prolific time where we were learning about each other's capabilities. Jimmy and I were just fooling around." The "Whole Lotta Love" track is an early version—missing some vocals, slide guitar, the middle section, and first chorus—which makes one "realize just how important all of those additional layers and the filigree work is" in the final track, Plant says. He adds a pretty frank assessment of his own skills at the time: "My enthusiasm sometimes got in the way of finesse. I listen to it and go, wow, why didn't I shut up a bit? I kind of overcooked it." He's equally blunt about any chance of a reunion: "Zero" chance, says he. Still, the new tracks alone are cause for celebration, writes Fraser McAlpine at the Anglophenia blog. "For fans of Led Zeppelin, there’s no such thing as too many remasterings and reswizzlings of those classic albums."

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Norman Johnson
Apr 23, 2014 8:10 PM CDT
Whatever happened to Robert Plant and The Strange Sensations? They were phenomenal on the video special they recorded.
UnrighteousFury
Apr 23, 2014 4:44 PM CDT
Gotta agree with Mr. Plant here. His voice in those days was unreal, but some LZ songs could definitely have used less of it.
DarkFrancis
Apr 23, 2014 4:31 PM CDT
A good chunk of LZ songs were first heard long before LZ played 'em. They plagiarized & stole like champs.