Unreleased Led Zeppelin Music Coming for Record Store Day

Been a long time since we heard this mix of ‘Rock and Roll’ as Led Zeppelin puts one out for Friends.

It’s been a long time, fifty years to be exact, since Keith Moon predicted the New Yardbirds would go down like a Led Zeppelin. To celebrate half a century, the band is getting some led out.

“Led Zeppelin will release a limited edition 7” single featuring 2 previously unheard mixes produced by Jimmy Page: the ‘Sunset Sound Mix’ of ‘Rock And Roll’ and the ‘Olympic Studios Mix’ of ‘Friends,’” the band posted to their official Facebook page. “The single will be available as part of Record Store Day, exclusively from independent music retailers, on April 21, 2018.”

Even the most casual of Zep fans can pick out “Rock and Roll” from its opening drum beat. One of the centerpieces on Led Zeppelin IV, this version was mixed at Sunset Sound in L.A. The new single is third song to come out of the “Sunset Sound Mixes.” The band released mixes of “When The Levee Breaks” and the “Stairway To Heaven” mix on their Led Zeppelin IV deluxe edition that came out in 2014.

“Friends” is an album cut the band only played live once. It is the second song on Led Zeppelin III (1970). It is guitarist Jimmy Page’s farewell to psychedelic music with John Bonham on emotive tabla. Robert Plant is on vocals. John Paul Jones did the string arrangement besides playing bass and Moog synthesizer. This is a stripped down version, with no strings. The mix was done at Olympic Studios in London. The song was produced by Jimmy Page. The single will be issued on yellow vinyl.

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Led Zeppelin will re-release their live album How The West Was Won, which captured two 1972 shows in Southern California, next month. The band is also issuing their first, official illustrated book in October.

Led Zeppelin will release “Sunset Sound Mix” of “Rock And Roll” and the “Olympic Studios Mix” of “Friends” on April 21, exclusively at Independent Music Retailers.