On October 28th, Led Zeppelin will continue its massive archival campaign by releasing deluxe reissues of Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy. Similar to the reissues of their first three studio albums, both records were remastered by Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and come accompanied by a second disc of unreleased music.
According to a press release, “the Led Zeppelin IV deluxe edition includes unreleased versions of every song appearing on the original album, including alternate mixes of ‘Misty Mountain Hop’ and ‘Four Sticks’, mixes of ‘The Battle Of Evermore’ and ‘Going To California’ heavy with guitar and mandolin, and the fabled, alternate version ‘Stairway To Heaven’, mixed at the Sunset Sound Studio in Los Angeles which lets fans hear one of the most revered songs of all time as they have never heard it before.”
Meanwhile, the companion disc for Houses Of The Holy includes rough and working mixes for “The Ocean” and “Dancing Days”, a guitar mix backing track for “Over The Hills And Far Away”, and a version of “The Rain Song” without piano.
Today, Zeppelin has shared a preview of a previously unreleased version of “Black Dog”, set to appear on Led Zeppelin IV. This alternate take is almost identical to the original track, save for some guitar overdubs and a bit of vocal acrobatics from Robert Plant. Still, Plant’s slightly more frantic approach causes the track feel all that more intense and impassioned.
Listen in below (via Rolling Stone).
Both reissues will be available in a variety of configurations, including as a single-disc and double-disc CD, a single and double-edition vinyl LP, and a super deluxe box set. The contents will also be released digitally.
Led Zeppelin IV Deluxe Reissue Tracklist:
01. Black Dog
02. Rock And Roll
03. The Battle of Evermore
04. Stairway To Heaven
05. Misty Mountain Hop
06. Four Sticks
07. Going To California
08. When The Levee Breaks
01. Black Dog – Basic Track With Guitar Overdubs
02. Rock And Roll – Alternate Mix
03. The Battle Of Evermore – Mandolin/Guitar Mix From Headley Grange
04. Stairway To Heaven – Sunset Sound Mix
05. Misty Mountain Hop – Alternate Mix
06. Four Sticks – Alternate Mix
07. Going To California – Mandolin/Guitar Mix
08. When The Levee Breaks – Alternate UK Mix
01. The Song Remains The Same
02. The Rain Song
03. Over The Hills And Far Away
04. The Crunge
05. Dancing Days
06. D’yer Mak’er
07. No Quarter
08. The Ocean
01. The Song Remains The Same – Guitar Overdub Reference Mix
02. The Rain Song – Mix Minus Piano
03. Over The Hills And Far Away – Guitar Mix Backing Track
04. The Crunge – Rough Mix – Keys Up
05. Dancing Days – Rough Mix With Vocal
06. No Quarter – Rough Mix With JPJ Keyboard Overdubs – No Vocal
07. The Ocean – Working Mix