Led Zeppelin stream unreleased version of ‘When The Levee Breaks’ – listen

The song is alternatively titled 'If It Keeps On Raining'

Led Zeppelin shared a previously unreleased version of their track ‘When The Levee Breaks’, alternatively titled ‘If It Keeps On Raining’.

The alternate recording appears on the reissue of 1982 album ‘Coda’, released after drummer John Bonham’s death. This rough mix was recorded at London’s Island Studios in November 1970.

UK listeners can hear the unreleased track at The Guardian.

Spekaking about the song, Jimmy Page told Louder Than War: “When we got to [recording studio] Headley Grange, the drum kit was set up in the hallway, even though we weren’t recording in the hallway – we were recording the equivalent of the main sitting room – and the minute I heard the drums I said, ‘This is it! Let’s do this other number! Let’s go back to ‘If It Keeps On Raining’ because I could just hear it in that room.”

“Most bands would’ve left it as it was but all the time we were always thinking about the music and not wasting time. The sound of ‘When The Levee Breaks’ is such a character sound; it’s just iconic.”

‘Coda’, as well as remakes of ‘Presence’ and ‘In Through the Out Door’ are released in remastered and expanded form on July 31.

‘Coda’ will also feature unheard instrumental, ‘St. Tristan’s Sword’ and versions of ‘Friends’ and ‘Four Hands’ which were recorded by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant with the Bombay Orchestra in 1972.
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