Led Zeppelin has shared one of the bigger draws from their looming Led Zeppelin IV reissue, a scrapped version of “Stairway to Heaven” that was cut at the iconic Los Angeles studio Sunset Sound Recorders. How iconic you ask? Well Pet Sounds, Exile on Main St. and the first two Doors albums were all made there. Unfortunately the only song that survived Led Zeppelin’s mixing session was “When the Levee Breaks.” The rest were deemed too murky and high end deficient. Which is strange to be honest; after all, Jimmy Page’s final mix isn’t that different.
“It’s always interesting to hear stuff that you know really well and hear it differently, but the same,” bassist John Paul Jones told Rolling Stone. “It does give a different perspective on it. You hear different things. I did read somewhere that the end of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ contained one of the best rock bass parts ever recorded. Unfortunately it comes underneath one of the greatest rock guitars so … But ‘Stairway’ is a favorite still. It’s just got everything that we are about.”
“I think it’s a really good embodiment of everything that’s on there,” Page added. “It’s a guitar mix, really.”
The expanded, remastered and Page-approved reissue of Led Zeppelin IV is due out October 28 through . Pre-order your copy here, or check out what may have been down below: