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Led Zeppelin: Complete BBC Sessions [Deluxe] [Slipcase]

Track List

>You Shook Me
>I Can't Quit You Baby
>Communication Breakdown
>Dazed and Confused
>Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair, The
>What Is and What Should Never Be
>Communication Breakdown
>Travelling Riverside Blues
>Whole Lotta Love
>Somethin' Else
>Communication Breakdown
>I Can't Quit You Baby
>You Shook Me
>How Many More Times
>Immigrant Song
>Heartbreaker
>Since I've Been Loving You
>Black Dog
>Dazed and Confused
>Stairway to Heaven
>Going to California
>That's the Way
>Whole Lotta Love (Medley: Boogie Chillun/Fixin' to Die/That's Alright Mama/A Mess of Blues)
>Thank You
>Communication Breakdown - (previously unreleased)
>What Is and What Should Never Be - (previously unreleased)
>Dazed and Confused - (previously unreleased)
>White Summer - (previously unreleased)
>What Is and What Should Never Be - (previously unreleased)
>Communication Breakdown - (previously unreleased)
>I Can't Quit You Baby - (previously unreleased)
>You Shook Me - (previously unreleased)
>Sunshine Woman - (previously unreleased)

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "The songs are familiar, but the protean variations of these renditions provide fresh jolts of Zeppelin's audacious blend of brutality and delicacy, desperation and entitlement."

Album Notes

Recording information: Aeolian Hall Studio 2, New Bond Street, London (03/03/1969); Maida Vale Studio 4, Delaware Road, London (03/03/1969); Paris Cinema, Lower Regent Street, London (03/03/1969); Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London (03/03/1969); Aeolian Hall Studio 2, New Bond Street, London (03/19/1969); Maida Vale Studio 4, Delaware Road, London (03/19/1969); Paris Cinema, Lower Regent Street, London (03/19/1969); Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London (03/19/1969); Aeolian Hall Studio 2, New Bond Street, London (04/01/1971); Maida Vale Studio 4, Delaware Road, London (04/01/1971); Paris Cinema, Lower Regent Street, London (04/01/1971); Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London (04/01/1971); Aeolian Hall Studio 2, New Bond Street, London (06/16/1969); Maida Vale Studio 4, Delaware Road, London (06/16/1969); Paris Cinema, Lower Regent Street, London (06/16/1969); Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London (06/16/1969).

Back in 1997, Led Zeppelin released BBC Sessions, the band's first attempt to chronicle its heavily bootlegged live recordings for the British Broadcasting Corporation. That double-disc set didn't contain all of Zep's BBC Sessions: a full nine songs from 1969 were left behind, including three songs recorded in March -- a session highlighted by the otherwise unavailable original "Sunshine Woman" -- that were believed to be lost. The 2016 triple-disc set The Complete BBC Sessions adds those songs as a third disc to a remastered version of the original 1997 compilation, an addition that doesn't greatly alter the overall picture of Zeppelin's BBC Sessions but offers a whole lot of additional value. Without those sessions, the compilation remains a stellar showcase of Led Zeppelin in ascendancy but with them the portrait deepens, particularly in how "Communication Breakdown" winds up being a place for the bandmembers to stretch their legs, incorporating covers or even interpolations of their own songs; it's a place where their intensity is married to their thirst for adventure. Elsewhere, there are plenty of extended blues jams -- "I Can't Quit You Baby" and "You Shook Me" from the lost March 1969 session are condensed and sound all the more powerful for it; similarly, the woozy rearrangement of Robert Johnson's "Travelling Riverside Blues" resonates because it's concise -- but the music that hits hardest remains the live-wire rockabilly ("Somethin' Else") and revved-up blues-boogie, the latter coming to the forefront on the otherwise unavailable "The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair" and that unearthed "Sunshine Woman," a throwaway raver that shows just how loose, muscular, and invigorating Zeppelin were at the outset. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine



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