One of the biggest bands in musical history, Led Zeppelin, have more than stood the test of time and are still some of the greatest music to listen to even today. So with the announcement overnight that they are set to release a remastered version of their 1997 BBC Sessions, which was a collection of both studio and live recorded tracks, their fans should be understandably ecstatic.
The tracks were recorded between 1969 and 1971, so it’s all pretty early stuff from the English rock band, but the interest lies in seeing what Led Zeppelin were like before they became such big names. For a greatest hits collection, fans will likely have picked up Mothership in 2007, which was a remastered compilation of some of their biggest songs such as Whole Lotta Love, Immigrant Song, and of course, Stairway To Heaven.
The special thing about this new release of BBC Sessions, aside from the remastering (which is always nice), is the inclusion of eight previously unreleased recordings. Included in the set will be the first broadcast of the afore mentioned Stairway To Heaven as well as a song which was never actually studio recorded.
Sunshine Woman was broadcast by the band back in 1969, and this was recorded by a fan on an AM Radio in Europe at the time. The BBC’s archives were wiped and the broadcast was lost, but the fan reportedly came forward recently and with the help of the band’s guitarist Jimmy Page, restored the recording to reasonable quality.
So if you’re a fan of Led Zeppelin, whether a seasoned Zep veteran or you’ve just heard Stairway on the radio for the first time, pick this up! The new BBC Sessions are set to be released in September of this year.
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