Led Zeppelin fans can get an early look at -- and listen of -- one of the band’s hard-rock classics, “Whole Lotta Love,” with a new video that’s been assembled to an early mix of the track. The clip is to appear on the forthcoming deluxe reissue of the group’s “Led Zeppelin II” album.
The video was unveiled last week at a listening event at L’Olympia in Paris, during which guitarist Jimmy Page noted, “This version of ‘Whole Lotta Love’ is the mix down from the night that we recorded it, so it doesn’t have any of the overdubs that everyone will be familiar with, because when they hear this, they’ll think, ‘Oh yeah, that’s the original’ and all of a sudden they’ll go ‘No, it’s not.’”
Singer Robert Plant said that through the stripped-down performance, “you can see how songs grow. There must have been five or six other takes of that, which are not present. So the shaping of these things is very interesting, and you can hear with this particular version that we haven’t quite reached the point yet, and that it’s very, very close.”
Bassist John Paul Jones added: “‘Whole Lotta Love’ must have been very early on its life [in this version], so it probably hadn’t developed into the juggernaut that it became in later years. But it’s fresher, I think.”
The audio track is accompanied by vintage film footage culled from several live performances during the ‘70s.
The group’s first three studio albums, “Led Zeppelin,” “Led Zeppelin II” and “Led Zeppelin III” are set to be reissued on June 3, the first in a multi-tiered release of the band’s complete catalog. The albums are being issued in several formats, including single CDs, deluxe 2-CD versions including a full disc for each album of outtakes and live performances, vinyl single and double LPs, digital downloads and super deluxe boxed sets.