By Christopher Scapelliti
As Led Zeppelin prepare to release deluxe editions of their first three albums, the band has issued a new video for a previously unreleased version of their 1969 hit “Whole Lotta Love.”
The version features a rough mix and an early lead vocal take by Robert Plant. In addition, it is missing the numerous overdubs that are featured on the finished version, issued on the group’s second album, Led Zeppelin II.
The “Rough Mix with Vocal” version of “Whole Lotta Love” is featured on the deluxe edition of Led Zeppelin II which is set for release on June 3, along with deluxe editions of the band's debut album and Led Zeppelin III
Guitarist Jimmy Page says, “This version of ‘Whole Lotta Love’ is the mixdown from the night that we recorded it, so it doesn’t have any of the overdubs that everyone will be familiar with, because when they hear this they’ll think, ‘Oh yeah, that’s the original,’ and all of a sudden they’ll go, ‘No, it’s not.’ ”
Adds Plant, “You can see how songs grow,” by listening to the track. “There must have been five or six other takes of that, which are not present. So the shaping of these things is very interesting, and you can hear with this particular version that we haven’t quite reached the point yet, and that it’s very, very close.”
The visuals in the video are a composite of several classic Led Zeppelin live performances.