Led Zeppelin announce ‘new’ album featuring song lost for 47 years

‘The Complete BBC Sessions’ also features the first broadcast of ‘Stairway To Heaven’

Led Zeppelin are to release ‘The Complete BBC Sessions’, which includes a song not heard since it was first broadcast in 1969.

The 33-song album features a three-song session from March 1969, which had been unheard since it was first broadcast the following month. A fan who taped it from AM radio in Europe has come forward with a recording, which has been restored to releasable quality by guitarist Jimmy Page.

The session features the only performance of ‘Sunshine Woman’, which Led Zeppelin never otherwise recorded, as well as ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby’ and ‘You Shook Me’.

Also included is the first broadcast version of ‘Stairway To Heaven’, aired in April 1971 from BBC Paris Cinema in London’s Regent Street.

The first version of ‘BBC Sessions’ was released in 1997, but the new ‘Complete BBC Sessions’ adds a disc of eight previously-unreleased songs as well as the rare ‘White Summer’ previously only available on the ‘Led Zeppelin’ box-set. The other 24 songs have been remastered by Page and engineer John Davis.

Out on September 16, the album is available as a 2CD/4LP standard edition, 3CD/5LP deluxe edition, digital download and a deluxe box-set. The box includes the deluxe vinyl and CD editions in individual sleeves, a download code, a 48-page book featuring photos, BBC memorabilia and session information and a high-quality print of the album cover. The first 20,000 prints will be individually numbered.

Page said of the BBC sessions: “We’d been on the road a lot by the time those sessions were recorded. The albums were always the starting point of the music, and then we’d take it out and expand it on the road. Then we’d come straight off the road into those BBC studios.”

The tracklisting of ‘The Complete BBC Sessions’ is:
‘You Shook Me’
‘I Can’t Quit You Baby’
‘Communication Breakdown’
‘Dazed And Confused’
‘The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair’
‘What Is And What Should Never Be’
‘Communication Breakdown’
‘Travelling Riverside Blues’
‘Whole Lotta Love’
‘Somethin’ Else’
‘Communication Breakdown’
‘I Can’t Quit You Baby’
‘You Shook Me’
‘How Many More Times’
‘Immigrant Song’
‘Heartbreaker’
‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’
‘Black Dog’
‘Dazed And Confused’
‘Stairway To Heaven’
‘Going To California’
‘That’s The Way’
‘Whole Lotta Love’/’Boogie Chillun’/’Fixin’ To Die’/’That’s Alright Mama’/’A Mess Of Blues’ (Medley)
‘Thank You’
Deluxe Edition:
‘Communication Breakdown’
‘What Is And What Should Never Be’
‘Dazed And Confused’
‘White Summer’
‘What Is And What Should Never Be’
‘Communication Breakdown’
‘I Can’t Quit You Baby’
‘You Shook Me’
‘Sunshine Woman’