Led Zeppelin will close out their mammoth reissue project July 31st with extras-filled editions of 1976’s Presence, 1979’s In Through the Out Door and 1982’s Coda. All three albums will be accompanied by a companion disc highlighting alternate versions or rough mixes of the respective LP’s tracks, like this rough mix version of “In the Light,” the opening track off of the band’s In Through the Out Door. This stripped-down take on the track premiered at Yahoo! Music.
On “In the Evening (Rough Mix),” the song’s trumpeting synths, which immediately signified that Zeppelin was exploring bold new territory with their eighth studio album, are notably toned down, and Plant’s vocals are completely unadorned from the slight coat of reverb that graces that album version. Jimmy Page’s guitar solo at the four-minute mark and John Bonham’s drumming throughout are also crisper on this mostly production-free take.
The In Through the Out Door mix will contain rough mixes of each of the album’s seven tracks, including four mixes so embryonic that they were recorded before Led Zeppelin agreed on their final song titles: “The Epic” would become the ten-minute “Carouselambra,” “The Hook” became the radio hit “All My Love,” “Blot” turned into closer “I’m Gonna Crawl” and “Southbound Piano” formed “South Bound Suarez.”
Presence will similarly feature five reference mixes of that album’s tracks, including the previously unveiled “Hots on for Nowhere” demo. That reissue will feature an unreleased instrumental titled “10 Ribs & All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod).” Coda will boast two discs worth of companion audio, including the rare track “Sugar Mama.”