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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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September 07, 1968 - The band fulfills some old Yardbirds dates in Scandanavia
September xx, 1969 - Jimmy Page is reported saying the second album will be harder than the first
September 19, 1970 - Led Zeppelin gross over $100,000 for two performances at Madison Square Gardens on the same day
September xx, 1971 - Jimmy Page is furious over a live Yardbirds release. It was forced off the shelves
September xx, 1971 - The band vacations in Hawaii
September xx, 1972 - Discussions to play various countries ends with a decision to play Japan again
September xx, 1973 - Jimmy Page considers a live release of material before releasing a new album
September 14, 1974 - Led Zeppelin and CSN&Y jam at an after party
September xx, 1975 - Jimmy meets up with Robert in Malibu, where he is staying on a tax exile
September 12, 1976 - Page and Bonham return to Switzerland and record a drum piece title Bonzo’s Montreux
September 08, 1977 - Page takes to the stage with other well knowns at a WEA records sales conference
September 15, 1978 - Zep road manager Richard Cole and Bad Company’s Simon Kirke get married in a double ceremony
September 17, 1979 - Promoter Fred Bannister forced into liquidation over Knebworth Sales with Led Zeppelin
September 18, 1980 - Jimmy reviews a new stage set up and technical details for the Eighties Part One tour at Swan Song offices
September 25, 1980 - John Bonham is found dead in Jimmy Page’s Windsor mansion by sound technician Benji Le Fevre
September 12, 2007 - It was announced at a press conference by Harvey Goldsmith that the remaining members of Led Zeppelin would reunite with Jason Bonham on drums.
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