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Led Zeppelin – “Stairway To Heaven” (Alternate Mix)

posted by Oscar October 22, 2014

Led Zeppelin IV (Super Deluxe Edition Box)

What’s left to say about Led Zeppelin’s signature song, the quintessential Rock track of the 70’s, “Stairway To Heaven”? It’s become the stuff of legend ever since it came out on Led Zeppelin IV in ’71 and it’s as good today as it ever was (even if it does get played a little too often on the radio). Led Zeppelin have unveiled a new mix of the iconic song that will appear on the deluxe reissue of IV. This version is an alternate take of the classic song and it’s labeled “Sunset Sound Mix,” after the LA studio in which it was mixed.

The most noticeable differences on this version start off with the line that says “In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees…” (about the 2:45 mark) where you hear a much more prominent organ part. The guitars in general stand out much more in this mix, with a much heartier sound throughout; it’s most noticeable in the riff that leads the outro.

It’s just different enough to make you notice that this is not exactly what you’ve already heard thousands of times, and the essence remains intact; a win-win in my book.

The reissue of IV is due out on October 28th; pre-order on LedZeppelin.com. Hear the new mix of “Stairway” now over at Rolling Stone.

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Led Zeppelin – “Black Dog” (Alternate Mix)

posted by Oscar September 4, 2014

Led Zeppelin IV (Super Deluxe Edition Box)

The “Super Deluxe Edition” reissue of Led Zeppelin’s iconic IV album is soon to come (October 28) and today they released a full track that will appear on that box set. The track is the heavy album opener, “Black Dog,” which sounds just a tad different from the album version that we know of today.

Guitarist, Jimmy Page told Rolling Stone: “It’s one of the powerhouse numbers that we did with an incredible riff. The version on the companion disc is a rough mix in its early stage with minimal guitar overdubs and Robert (Plant)’s original vocal. And you can hear how mean it is.”

Hear it over at Rolling Stone.

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Led Zeppelin X Notorious B.I.G. – “Ramblize”

posted by Oscar November 15, 2013

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A joint from the greatest Hard Rock band of all time and one of the greatest Emcees ever? Apparently that’s a thing that exists now.

Led Zeppelin’s guitarist, living legend Jimmy Page, tweeted out a link to his official page which surprisingly included his remix of the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize” vocals atop Zep’s “Ramble On.” Not just because Page is my favorite guitarist ever, but I think this works. It actually sounds like a 90’s track, with the drum beat staying very true to the decade while the song itself holds the production style of what we hear in Naughty By Nature’s “O.P.P.” and their use of the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” riff.

Hear it here: http://www.jimmypage.com/

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Video: Jimmy Page & Gary Clark Jr. for John Varvatos Spring/Summer 2013

posted by Oscar January 22, 2013

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Legendary guitarist Jimmy Page and up-and-coming artist Gary Clark Jr. have teamed up to promote John Varvatos’ forthcoming Spring/Summer 2013 line.

See the video for the promotional song “When My Train Pulls In,” by Gary Clark Jr., above.