Remastered: the untitled Led Zeppelin 1V album
Blues and rock guitar
great, Jimmy Page, as you might know, has in recent years been remastering the
entire Led Zeppelin back catalogue. And he’s doing it with a twist. Jimmy’s
been searching the vaults for alternative versions of all the band’s classics,
to be released as a companion disc for each remastered reissue.
Last month saw the release of Led
Zeppelin’s first three albums, plus never-heard-before versions of most of the
tracks featured on them. Now, in October, Page releases Led Zeppelin’s classic fourth
and fifth albums in remastered form, plus unreleased versions of every track
featured on Led Zeppelin 1V, and its follow up, Houses of the Holy.
Included on the Led Zeppelin 1V
deluxe edition bonus disc is a distinctly different version of the landmark

The album title wasn’t on the original cover

“Stairway
to Heaven” recorded at Los Angeles’ Sunset Sound Studio; whereas the original
was cut at Island’s London studio. There’s also a mandolin/guitar mix of “The
Battle of Evermore” and alternate takes of “Rock & Roll,” “Misty Mountain
Hop” and “Four Sticks”.

Tracks featured on the House of
the Holy bonus disc have also been lying undisturbed in the Led Zeppelin vaults
for over 40 years. These include in-progress
mixes of “The Ocean” and “Dancing Days,” a guitar mix backing-track for “Over
the Hills and Far Away” and a version of “The Rain Song” minus the piano of
bassist, John Paul Jones.

The remastered and alternative versions of Houses of the Holy
and Led Zeppelin 1V will released in the UK on Monday 27 October 2014 and in the
USA a day later.
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