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Hear Led Zeppelin's Bassy 'Hots on for Nowhere' Reference Mix

Led Zeppelin recorded their seventh studio album, 1976's Presence, over the course of 18 days in Munich. While they were making it, they made reference mixes of some of the songs, five of which will appear on the upcoming companion disc to deluxe editions of the record. The group has just released a raw-sounding version of the LP's boogieing guitar extravaganza "Hots on for Nowhere," which features more of John Paul Jones' bass and none of Robert Plant's "Hey babe!" improvs at the end. Jimmy Page's wildly impressive guitar work also sounds a little crisper.

The deluxe edition of Presence – due out July 31st, along with souped-up versions of 1979's In Through the Out Door and 1982's Coda, rounding out the band's reissue campaign – will also contain reference mixes of "For Your Life," "Royal Orleans" and "Achilles Last Stand," the last of which had the working title "Two Ones Are Won." It also includes a reference mix for a previously unreleased and curiously titled instrumental, "10 Ribs & All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod)."

As with the previous reissues in the campaign, Page has personally remastered each of the discs and dug through the band's archives for companion audio to deluxe editions. Each of the three albums will also be available in a variety of formats, ranging from digital and single-disc CDs and vinyl to a lavish super-deluxe edition, which contains CD, vinyl and digital deluxe editions, as well as a hardbound book and a print of the featured LP's cover.

Coda is notable among the reissues because it contains two discs of companion audio, which cover recordings the group made between 1968 and 1974. Rolling Stone premiered the song rare track "Sugar Mama" from these discs, which is available to stream here.

From: Rolling Stone

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Led Zeppelin History

March 17, 1969 - A four-song performance is filmed for TV Byen in Denmark (aired on May 19, 1969)
March 21, 1969 - Zeppelin’s debut TV appearance on "How It Is"
March 25, 1969 - Filming session for the Supershow
March xx, 1970 - The band turns down many TV offers worth large sums
March 05, 1971 - Led Zeppelin started a 12-date "Thank You" tour for British fans, appearing at the clubs from their early days and charging the same admission prices as in 1968. The first show was at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California and Rock And Roll.
March 12, 1972 - Page and Plant rehearse some songs with the Bombay Orchestra
March 25, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finally release Houses of the Holy after production issues with the album cover
March 28, 1973 - Led Zeppelin released Houses Of The Holy in the UK. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed "houses of the holy". Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.
March xx, 1974 - The band decide to release a double album due to the amount of left over studio material
March 29, 1975 - Led Zeppelin saw all six of their albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week, alongside their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.
March 15, 1975 - Tickets for the Earls Court shows sellout within four hours
March xx, 1976 - Jimmy speaks with reporters mentioning the new album due out called Presence
March 31, 1976 - Presence is released
March 28, 1977 - Zeppelin arrive in Dallas, Texas to rehearse before opening the eleventh tour of the US
March xx, 1978 - Robert and John spend some time hanging around the Midlands
March 26, 1979 - Robert takes lead vocal at a Bad Company gig in Birmingham
March 04, 1980 - John Bonham makes a TV appearance on "Alright Now" with Bill Connolly
March 26, 2006 - Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
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