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Led Zeppelin releasing an alterna-take of ‘Stairway to Heaven’



Prepare to hear one of the most overplayed songs in rock history in a new way.

In October, Rhino Records will release an album containing a never-before-issued version of “Stairway To Heaven.”

It’s part of the huge reissue project for Led Zeppelin, which began in June with the release of alternate takes on the storied band’s first three albums.

They’ll be followed on Oct. 27 with alterna-views of the untitled, fourth Led Zeppelin album (commonly referred to as “Led Zeppelin 4”) and “Houses of the Holy.”

As with the band’s first trio of reissues, the new ones will pair a remastered version of the official disc with a set of alternate takes on every track.

The fourth Led Zep disc - the third best-selling album in U.S. history - will not only contain the unheard “Stairway” but also specially reimagined runs at the acoustic songs “Going To California” and “The Battle of Evermore,” with more guitar and mandolin.

The alterna version of 1973’s “Houses of The Holy” will feature rough mixes of “The Ocean” and “Dancing Days,” as well as an interpretation of “The Rain Song” sans John Paul Jones’ piano.

Both new sets will be available in multiple formats - as the original single CD, in a deluxe edition which includes the alternative tracks, in vinyl form, or as part of elaborate box sets, including snazzy booklets and artwork.

Fans who want to cherry-pick just the previously unheard songs can do so through iTunes.

The first three Zep reissues each made the top 10 upon their release in June. The rest of the band’s catalogue will see alternate releases over the coming year.

From: NY Daily News
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