Led Zeppelin Tease Rare “Black Dog” Version in ‘IV’ Reissue Trailer

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 08.29.14 in News

The next installment of Led Zeppelin‘s long-hinted reissues series is almost here. On October 28, the British classic-rock giants will release expanded, remastered versions of 1971′s Led Zeppelin IV and 1973′s Houses of the Holy via Atlantic/Swan Song. They’ve shared a video trailer for the IV reissue, which you can see below, and as NME reports, it gives listeners a preview of the set’s previously unreleased “Black Dog (Basic Track With Guitar Overdubs).”

The releases follow reissues of Zeppelin’s first three albums — 1969′s Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin II and 1970′s Led Zeppelin III — earlier this year. They’ll be available as single – and double-disc deluxe editions in CD, vinyl and digital formats, as well as in a “super deluxe” box set that comes with a hardcover book and cover-art print. Reports that Jimmy Page was working on the remasters date at least back to 2012.

Also among the IV reissue’s rarities is an alternate take of “Stairway to Heaven.” Earlier this year, it was reported that the band was facing a lawsuit claiming the song wrongfully copied Zeppelin’s former tourmates, Spirit. A judge rebuked the plaintiffs’ lawyer in the case regarding a separate matter, and Page has called the claim “ridiculous.” The suit was filed earlier this year in a Pennsylvania federal court.

Led Zeppelin, IV (October 28, Atlantic/Swan Songs)

Disc 1:
1. Black Dog
2. Rock and Roll
3. The Battle of Evermore
4. Stairway to Heaven
5. Misty Mountain Hop
6. Four Sticks
7. Going to California
8. When the Levee Breaks

Disc 2:
1. Black Dog (basic track with guitar overdubs)
2. Rock and Roll (alternate mix)
3. The Battle of Evermore (mandolin/guitar mix from Headley Grange)
4. Stairway to Heaven (Sunset Sound mix)
5. Misty Mountain Hop (alternate mix)
6. Four Sticks (alternate mix)
7. Going to California (mandolin/guitar mix)
8. When the Levee Breaks (alternate UK mix)

Led Zeppelin, Houses of the Holy (October 28, Atlantic/Swan Songs)

Disc 1:
1. The Song Remains the Same
2. The Rain Song
3. Over the Hills and Far Away
4. The Crunge
5. Dancing Days
6. D’yer Mak’er
7. No Quarter
8. The Ocean

Disc 2:
1. The Song Remains the Same (guitar overdub reference mix)
2. The Rain Song (mix minus piano)
3. Over the Hills and Far Away (guitar mix backing track)
4. The Crunge (rough mix – keys up)
5. Dancing Days (rough mix with vocal)
6. No Quarter (rough mix with John Paul Jones keyboard overdubs – no vocal)
7. The Ocean (working mix)