It’s been a long time, almost fifty years since Keith Moon predicted the New Yardbirds would go down like a Led Zeppelin. To celebrate half a century, it looks like the band is getting some led out.
Led Zeppelin has announced that a 7" vinyl single featuring two previously unreleased recordings will be released for this year’s Record Store Day (Saturday, April 21). The single—which is pressed on yellow vinyl—features the Sunset Sound Mix of 'Rock and Roll' and the Olympic Studios Mix of 'Friends.'
“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.”
Both mixes were produced by Jimmy Page, who selected them to appear on this release. Check out the single artwork below.
The Sunset Sound mix of ‘Rock and Roll’ was initially recorded during the release of 1971’s 'Led Zeppelin IV', while ‘Friends’ comes from the recording of 'Led Zeppelin III' in 1970.
The legendary rock icons and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will also release a newly remastered version of their classic triple live album 'How The West Was Won' in multiple formats on March 23 via Atlantic/Swan Song records.
Among the new offerings for their half-century celebrations are the first ever vinyl and Blu-ray Audio editions of the album, which captures performances from Led Zeppelin’s legendary concerts at the Los Angeles Forum and Long Beach Arena on June 25 and 27, 1972.
Also coming soon is the band’s first ever official illustrated book, the aptly titled 'Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin', which will be published by Reel Art Press on October 2 – 50 years to the month since the band changed their name from The New Yardbirds to Led Zeppelin.
But as their fiftieth anniversary at the end of this year draws closer, it seems that a Led Zeppelin reunion is not on the cards.
“I very much doubt it,” guitarist Jimmy Page recently told Planet Rock.
“You’ve just got to face facts. We’ve gone past the tenth anniversary of the 02 [show], where we managed to do one serious concert. That’s the only thing that we’ve done for such a long time, so I very much doubt we’ll do anything else. I really think the time has gone.”
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