Later this month, Led Zeppelin will continue their reissue series with deluxe, remastered editions of their 1971 album Led Zeppelin IV and its 1973 follow-up, Houses of the Holy. Each reissue contains a second disc featuring an album’s worth of alternate mixes and in-progress versions of songs, and Led Zeppelin IV includes a different version of each track on the original album. One of the standouts is an alternate mix of the album’s second song, the rollicking “Rock and Roll,” which features a different blend of guitars and is streaming here.
“‘Rock and Roll’ has just got that cheeky energy about it,” Jimmy Page tells Rolling Stone. “It’s a party. ‘It’s been a long time since I rock and rolled.’ It says it all, really. It’s great lyrics and it’s a great performance.”
“As a song, it was actually kind of punky; pre-punk,” John Paul Jones says. “It was really fast too, onstage anyway. It just got really quick, a lot of energy. It’s a lot of fun to play. The crowd loved it. We loved it.”
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Previously, Led Zeppelin issued expanded versions of their first three records. Those albums, as well as the upcoming releases, are available in a variety of configurations, including single- and double-disc remasters, 180-gram vinyl, digital download and a box set containing both all of the audio on CD and LP and a hardbound book with previously unseen photos.
The deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy will come out on October 28th. Both records are available for pre-order on LedZeppelin.com.