.

Listen to Led Zeppelin's Spartan Rough Mix of 'Whole Lotta Love'

The track, featured on upcoming 'Led Zeppelin II' reissue, shows simpler side to hard rockers' iconic stomper

May 5, 2014 4:00 PM ET
Led Zeppelin Super Deluxe Album jimmy page robert plant whole lotta love
Led Zeppelin
Dick Barnatt/Getty Images

In less than a month, Led Zeppelin are reissuing their first three albums as deluxe, remastered box sets with previously unheard mixes and live versions of songs, as well as one unreleased tune. As a teaser for Led Zeppelin II, the hard rockers released the radio edit of a rough mix of "Whole Lotta Love," which features a different take on Jimmy Page's experimental guitar effects, only a little of Robert Plant's trippy vocal wails and none of his pyrotechnic guitar solo.

Where Did 'Whole Lotta Love' Rank Among the 40 Greatest Led Zeppelin Songs of All Time?

The deluxe edition of Led Zeppelin II, which will come out alongside similarly extravagant versions of Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin III on June 3rd, features alternate mixes of five songs, the backing tracks of "Thank You" and "Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)" and a previously unreleased song called "La La." All three albums come in different configurations including a remastered single-disc version (with no bonus tracks), two-disc deluxe versions, various LP formats and digital download. The "Super Deluxe Boxed Set" of each album also includes a hardbound book and a high-quality print of the album cover.

In April, Rolling Stone premiered live versions of "Good Times Bad Times" and "Communication Breakdown" that the group recorded in Paris in 1969, before the release of Led Zeppelin II. The second disc of Led Zeppelin will feature the group's full Paris performance.

In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2012, Page said the reason he wanted to work on the remasters was to offer new "sonic and visual" thrills to the group's fans. "The catalog was last remastered 20 years ago," he said. "That's a long time. Everything is being transferred from analog to a higher-resolution digital format. That's one of the problems with the Zeppelin stuff. It sounds ridiculous on MP3. You can't hear what's there properly."

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Whoomp! (There It Is)”

Tag Team | 1993

Cecil Glenn — a.k.a., "D.C." — was a cook at Magic City, a nude dance club in Atlanta, when he first heard women shout "Whoomp — there it is!" Inspired by the party chant, he and partner Steve "Roll'n" Gibson wrote a song around it. Undaunted by label rejections, they borrowed $2,500 from Glenn's parents and pressed 800 singles, which quickly sold out in the Atlanta area. A record deal came soon after. Glenn said the song was meant for positive partying. "If you're going to say 'Whoomp there it is,' and you're doing something negative, we'd rather it not have come out of your mouth."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com