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Led Zeppelin is back with 'Whole Lotta' unreleased tunes

By Michael Roddy

LONDON (Reuters) - Legendary rockers Led Zeppelin said on Wednesday they will include previously unreleased songs in the first batch of reissues of their nine studio albums, including a version of their pulsating "Whole Lotta Love"

The reissues, remastered by guitarist Jimmy Page, will be launched on June 3 with deluxe editions of "Led Zeppelin", "Led Zeppelin II" and "Led Zeppelin III". Each album will include a second disc of unreleased music related to that album.

"The material on the companion discs presents a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin," Page is quoted as saying in a statement from the band.

"It is a selection of work in progress with rough mixes, backing tracks, alternate versions, and new material recorded at the time."

The companion audio for the band's 1969 debut album "Led Zeppelin" features a previously unreleased performance recorded in October of that year at the Olympia Theatre in Paris. The nine-song set features seven tracks from the album, including a 15-minute version of "Dazed And Confused".

"Led Zeppelin II" features some of the band's most famous tracks including "Ramble On" and "Heartbreaker" as well as "Whole Lotta Love," a fixture in the pantheon of classic rock 'n' roll songs.

Its companion audio contains alternate mixes of five songs from the album, including "Whole Lotta Love", plus backing tracks to "Thank You" and "Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman)," and the previously unreleased track "La La."

The nine tracks featured on the companion audio to "Led Zeppelin III" include outtakes of songs from the album as well as three previously unheard compositions: "Jennings Farm Blues", "Bathroom Sound", and the band's take on the blues classics "Keys To The Highway/Trouble In Mind."

Led Zeppelin was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005 and a year later was awarded the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm.

Founding members John Paul Jones, Page and Robert Plant - along with Jason Bonham, the son of drummer John Bonham, who died in 1980, the year the band broke up - gave a tribute concert at London's O2 Arena in 2007 for the late Ahmet Ertegun, founder of the band's label, Atlantic.

Band members have since discounted the prospect of another reunion.

(Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

Led Zeppelin To Unveil New Songs With Reissue Of First 3 LPs

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0 April 24 2014 at 7:54 AM

Come on guys......get back together and FN tour! PLEEEAAAASSSSEEEE!

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Dan 0 April 24 2014 at 8:49 AM

Maybe Ringo Starr should join LZ as their drummer replacing the late John Bonham. Now that would be legendary performance indeed. ☺

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bryan Dan April 24 2014 at 9:04 AM

I would prefer John Bonham's son join as their drummer.

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yellab April 24 2014 at 3:48 AM

I'm liken it "A WHOLE LOTTA" !!!

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blo2thehead April 24 2014 at 3:11 AM

Best rock band ever.
Even the brothers turn them up.

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Jeff April 24 2014 at 1:38 AM

jimmy page, eric clapton, ian anderson,jeff beck,dave gilmore, pete townsend, jimi hendrix,george harrison,steve winwood, duane allman, peter frampton, peter green(fleetwood mac) keith richards, steve stills, joe walsh,ronny montrose, ted nugent, to name a few.... the music is great, wish they would all have new stuff. who cares about their private stuff

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pj512 April 24 2014 at 12:36 AM

The rock bands of today (are there any?) can't hold a candle to the rock bands from the 1960's and 1970's. Led Zepplein, Procol Harem, the Who, Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones,Pink Floyd, just to name a few. The lyrics never made much sense, but the music was wonderful.

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ivo April 24 2014 at 12:36 AM

Omg....I wanna cry thank you!!!! Just get rid of Bieber and I'd think I'm truly dead and in heaven.

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Kay April 24 2014 at 12:13 AM

I saw Santana, Tom Petty, Eddie Money in a small little club when I was 15-my first concert ever. I went to every Day on the Green, saw the original AC/DC (yr. before the singer died) saw Ted Nugent ride into the stadium hanging from a rope via helicopter, saw Aerosmith, Van Halen, The Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Neil Young, Crosby, Still & Nash, America, & many more great bands all back in the day. We had rock & roll, now days rap sucks, you can never beat my era of great music where people actually sang. My huge regret was never seeing Led Zeppelin in concert-my older sister did, I wish I had! They were great!

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medix566 April 24 2014 at 12:07 AM

Perfect timing for ALL Zep fans like me!!! Always a new Stairway to Heaven! :-)

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rsbody April 24 2014 at 12:04 AM

Great News!

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pottermj April 24 2014 at 12:01 AM

oh yeah, can it be any other way, music is art, and the variences are what make it interesting.

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