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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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Led Zeppelin History

May 31, 1948 - John Henry Bonham was born at Redditch, Worchestershire
May xx, 1969 - The band’s debut album enters the US Top 10
May xx, 1969 - Recording sessions for Led Zeppelin II begin
May xx, 1970 - The band works on new material at Bron-Y-Aur
May 03, 1971 - Richard Cole jams on Whole Lotta Love playing congas
May xx, 1972 - Houses Of The Holy recording sessions on location at Stargroves and Olympic studios
May 27, 1972 - Warm-up gigs kick off in Holland for an upcoming American tour
May 04, 1973 - Led Zeppelin gross nearly $250,000 for their performance in Atlanta, GA
May 05, 1973 - 56,800 attend the second show of the 1973 US tour at Tampa. This sets a record for the largest attendance for a one-act performance, previously held by the Beatlesfor their Shea Stadium show in 1965
May 10, 1974 - Swan Song Records is officially launched
May 11, 1974 - Led Zeppelin attend an Elvis concert and are thrilled when Elvis announces that Led Zeppelin is in the building
May 10, 1975 - Showco ships their PA system and video screens for the Earls Court shows from Dallas to London
May 23, 1976 - Page and Plant join Bad Company onstage at the LA Forum
May 21, 1977 - The Houston Summit claims $500,000 in damages to their venue caused by rowdy fans
May xx, 1978 - The band reunite at Clearwater Castle to rehearse
May 22, 1979 - It is officially announce that Led Zeppelin will headline at the Knebworth Festival in August
May 15, 1980 - After many revisions the European tour dates are finalized and the band is scheduled to open in Germany
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