Thursday, July 28, 2016
Led Zeppelin are streaming an unreleased 1971 live version of “Communication Breakdown” from the forthcoming expanded edition of their 1997 set, “BBC Sessions.”
Recorded at the Paris Theatre in London, UK on April 1, 1971, the tune was cut from the original BBC broadcast of the concert.
Due September 16, “The Complete BBC Sessions” will present the original package – which featured live recordings selected from the band’s appearances on BBC radio between 1969 and 1971 – plus eight unreleased songs, including three rescued from a previously “lost” session from 1969.
Originally broadcast in April 1969, the session included three songs: "I Can't Quit You Baby", "You Shook Me" and the only recorded performance of "Sunshine Woman."
Also included are two unreleased versions of both "Communication Breakdown" and "What Is And What Should Never Be." Separated by two years, the performances vividly demonstrate the young band's rapid evolution over a short period of time.
The set has been newly remastered by Page with extensive session-by-session liner notes written by Dave Lewis, providing – for the first time ever – accurate details and notes about all of the band's BBC sessions.
"The Complete BBC Sessions" will be available in multiple formats:
* Deluxe Edition (3CD) – Remastered original album plus a third disc of unreleased audio.
* Deluxe Edition Vinyl (5LP) – Remastered original album, plus a fifth LP of unreleased audio, on 180-gram vinyl
* Digital Download – Remastered album and unreleased audio will both be available.
* Super Deluxe Boxed Set (3CD/5LP)– This collection includes:
- Remastered album. 2 CDs, each in a replica sleeve.
- Unreleased audio on CD in a separate card sleeve.
- Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl.
- Unreleased audio on 180-gram vinyl.
- High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit.
- 48-page book filled with photos of the band, the recording locations, BBC memorabilia, and session information.
- High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 20,000 of which will be individually numbered.
A lawyer representing plaintiff Michael Skidmore has filed an appeal to the verdict in the recent "Stairway To Heaven" copyright infringement lawsuit involving Page and Robert Plant.
Last month, a Los Angeles federal court jury cleared the duo of any wrongdoing in the creation of their 1971 signature song against a claim by Skidmore on behalf of the estate and Trust of Spirit guitarist Randy California (Wolfe) that the acoustic introduction to “Stairway” was lifted from the group’s 1968 instrumental, “Taurus.”
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