The forthcoming deluxe edition of Led Zeppelin II includes a never-before-released instrumental track that the band recorded in 1969 called "La La," which has just surfaced online in advance of its June 3rd release date.
Led Zeppelin recorded the track, which remains unfinished and appears as a rough mix on the reissue, with the rest of the album, and it finds them exploring many different sounds. Guitarist Jimmy Page's acoustic strumming foreshadows some of the lighter sounds that would appear on the group's next record, Led Zeppelin III (a deluxe edition of which is also coming out June 3rd). The tune's four minutes also find the group dabbling in upbeat, organ-led rock and funky wah-wah guitar grooves. Toward the end of the track, when Page plays an echoey, bluesy solo, the voice of one band member, ostensibly Robert Plant, can be heard singing, "Yeeeah."
The group is at the starting point of an extensive reissue campaign, which they're launching with their first three albums in several extravagant configurations. Each deluxe edition contains a full bonus disc of previously unreleased Zeppelin recordings. Led Zeppelin features a full live set the group recorded Paris the same month that its sequel came out. Led Zeppelin II includes alternate mixes of five songs on the album, two instrumental versions of songs and "La La." And Led Zeppelin III boasts seven studio outtakes, instrumental work-in-progress versions of "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp" and "Out on the Tiles" and a blues medley of "Key to the Highway" and "Trouble in Mind."
The group recently released a video for "Whole Lotta Love," with audio from one of the rough mixes on Led Zeppelin II. But while they are promoting the releases, Plant says the band will not reunite for any more concerts beyond the London one-off they did in 2007. Thinking back to that time, Plant recently told Rolling Stone that touring was not an option. "A tour would have been an absolute menagerie of vested interests and the very essence of everything that's shitty about big-time stadium rock," he said. "We were surrounded by a circus of people that would have had our souls on the fire [at our 2007 London concert]. I'm not part of a jukebox."
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