Thursday, July 23, 2015

AUDIO: Led Zeppelin premiere rough mix of When The Levee Breaks

Led Zeppelin are premiering a rough mix of “When The Levee Breaks” titled "If It Keeps On Raining" as featured on the forthcoming expanded reissue of their 1982 album, “Coda.”

The completed track – which originally appeared on “Led Zeppelin IV” – was recorded in 1970 and is one of several alternate mixes appearing on companion discs included with the revamped “Coda” package.

Due July 31, the project presents the original album plus two discs featuring 15 tracks recorded between 1968 and 1974, including 1968’s “Baby Come On Home” and a blues jam from the same sessions, “Sugar Mama”; rough mixes of “The Wanton Song” and “In The Light” from the “Physical Graffiti” sessions; and, an instrumental 1970 mix of “Poor Tom” and the previously unreleased instrumental “St. Tristan’s Sword.”

The set also presents “Friends” and “Four Hands” (“Four Sticks” from "Led Zeppelin IV"), two tracks recorded during a 1972 trip to India by Page and Robert Plant that saw the pair perform with the Bombay Orchestra.

The band’s ninth and final studio album, “Coda” originally presented 8 unreleased tracks recorded between 1970 and 1978. The project peaked at No. 6 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 1 million in the States alone.

The project is one of three albums set to be released that will wrap up a year-long reissues campaign by the group; also due is 1976’s “Presence” and 1979’s “In Through The Out Door.”

Led Zeppelin launched the extensive reissues series last June with their first three albums, “Led Zeppelin I”, “Led Zeppelin II” and “Led Zeppelin III”; it continued last October with “Led Zeppelin IV” and “Houses Of The Holy”; and was followed by “1975’s “Physical Graffiti” this past February.

“Coda” (Companion Audio)

Disc One

1. "We're Gonna Groove" (Alternate Mix)
2. "If It Keeps On Raining" ("When the Levee Breaks" - Rough Mix)
3. "Bonzo's Montreux" (Mix Construction In Progress)
4. "Baby Come On Home"
5. "Sugar Mama" (Mix)
6. "Poor Tom" (Instrumental Mix)
7. "Travelling Riverside Blues" (BBC Session)
8. "Hey, Hey, What Can I Do"

Disc Two

1. "Four Hands" ("Four Sticks" - Bombay Orchestra)
2. "Friends" (Bombay Orchestra)
3. "St. Tristan's Sword" (Rough Mix)
4. "Desire" (The Wanton Song - Rough Mix)
5. "Bring It on Home" (Rough Mix)
6. "Walter's Walk" (Rough Mix)
7. "Everybody Makes It Through" ("In the Light" - Rough Mix)

NOTE: Access to the audio premiere is restricted in some territories at source, beyond hennemusic’s control. If the file does not play, you can try listening to it at Rolling Stone.

See also:

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Robert Plant to perform two unique sets at LockN’ Festival
VIDEO: Led Zeppelin preview Coda expanded reissue
Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page to host book signing in Toronto
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