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UNHEARD LED ZEPPELIN ALTERNATE MIXES HEADED TO AUCTION

2/28/2014

Next month, several unreleased Led Zeppelin studio tapes will be auctioned at the Marvels of Modern Music auction. The tracks are rough, early mixes from the band's sole double studio set, 1975's Physical Graffiti. The tapes come from the private collection of noted engineer, Ron Nevison, who's best known for his groundbreaking work with Pete Townshend on the Who's 1973 Quadrophenia -- and who helped design Ronnie Lane's Mobile Studio, which was housed in the 26-foot Airstream trailer, which Zeppelin used for a portion of the Physical Graffiti album.

 

  • During a key session for the album, John Paul Jones was late to the studio, leaving Jimmy Page and John Bonham to work out the riff and basic track for "Kashmir" -- which was recorded under the working title, "Driving To Kashmir."
  • Jimmy Page told us that he knew from the beginning that the magic surrounding Led Zeppelin wouldn't last forever: "I said, basically around the time of the first album, it's all a race against time, and I think it is. It still is. It still is a race against time and trying to do good work and improve on what you've done. It's more difficult as you get older because you know your days are numbered, really. Within Zeppelin we had this amazing vehicle that we could continue and continue and just come up with amazing things -- which fortunately we did continue, and we did come up with amazing stuff. But I still thought it was a race against time. I had no idea how prophetic it would be with the loss of John Bonham."
  • John Paul Jones told us that band politics never came into play when the band was working up new material. He told us that Zeppelin always understood the importance of quality control: "We always made music in the same way -- we all know whether something works or not. When we wrote music together, y'know, if somebody came up with an idea, if it didn't work, you didn't have to be taken to a room quietly to say, 'Y'know, we can't use this,' y'know? Everybody knows, 'Hey, this is rubbish! Y'know, (laughs) let's do something else!' And we'd go on to something that does work, and then everybody knows it works."
  • Ron Nevison is also auctioning other rough mixes from his collection, including tracks from Ozzy OsbourneBad Company, Eric Clapton and the Who.

DID YOU KNOW???

  • Led Zeppelin scored the 2014 Grammy Award for "Best Rock Album" for their 2012 live set, Celebration Day, which chronicled the band's December 10th, 2007 reunion concert at London's O2 Arena.

SIDE NOTES

  • Last month, Jimmy Page posted an update on his officiate website (JimmyPage.com) stating, "The first of the Led Zeppelin reissues -- comprising of Led Zeppelin I, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III -- will be released this year. I’ve also been working on some of my own material from the archives that will be unleashed in 2014."
  • The wait for Led Zeppelin IV, Houses Of The Holy, Physical Graffiti, The Song Remains The Same, In Through The Out Door, and Coda, will likely stretch into 2015.

CHECK IT OUT: A clip of the unreleased mixes from 1975's Physical Graffiti:

CHECK IT OUT: A clip of the unreleased mix of "In the Light":

Jimmy Page On Led Zeppelin and John Bonham
John Paul Jones on Led Zeppelin Quality

Read more at BlabbermouthUltimate Classic RockDiffuserRolling Stone, Billboard and NME


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