Skip to content

Led Zeppelin – The Complete BBC Sessions (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Led Zeppelin – The Complete BBC Sessions (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 03:21:23 minutes | 3,42 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Rhino Atlantic

Led Zeppelin has unearthed more rarities a year after issuing their final catalog reissues: eight previously unreleased recordings that were made for the BBC, including a “lost” three-song session from 1969. These discoveries will be added to make an expanded and remastered edition of the band’s 1997 release, BBC Sessions, that covers recordings made between 1969 and 1971.

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.

01 – You Shook Me (23-3-69 Top Gear) [MONO]
02 – I Can’t Quit You Baby (23-3-69 Top Gear) [MONO]
03 – Communication Breakdown (22-6-69 Pop Sundae) [MONO]
04 – Dazed And Confused (23-3-69 Top Gear) [MONO]
05 – The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair (22-6-69 Pop Sundae) [MONO]
06. What Is And What Should Never Be (29-6-69 Top Gear) [MONO]
07. Communication Breakdown (29-6-69 Top Gear) [MONO]
08. Travelling Riverside Blues (29-6-69 Top Gear) [MONO]
09. Whole Lotta Love (29-6-69 Top Gear) [MONO]
10. Somethin’ Else (22-6-69 Pop Sundae) [MONO]
11. Communication Breakdown (10-8-69 Playhouse Theatre)
12. I Can’t Quit You Baby (10-8-69 Playhouse Theatre)
13. You Shook Me (10-8-69 Playhouse Theatre)
14. How Many More Times (10-8-69 Playhouse Theatre)
15. Immigrant Song (1-4-71 Paris Theatre)
16. Heartbreaker (1-4-71 Paris Theatre)
17. Since I’ve Been Loving You (1-4-71 Paris Theatre)
18. Black Dog (1-4-71 Paris Theatre)
19. Dazed And Confused (1-4-71 Paris Theatre)
20. Stairway To Heaven (1-4-71 Paris Theatre)
21. Going To California (1-4-71 Paris Theatre)
22. That’s The Way (1-4-71 Paris Theatre)
23. Whole Lotta Love (Medley) (1-4-71 Paris Theatre)
24. Thank You (1-4-71 Paris Theatre)
25. Communication Breakdown (23-3-69 Top Gear)
26. What Is And What Should Never Be (22-6-69 Pop Sundae)
27. Dazed And Confused (10-8-69 Playhouse Theatre)
28. White Summer (10-8-69 Playhouse Theatre)
29. What Is And What Should Never Be (1-4-71 Paris Theatre)
30. Communication Breakdown (1-4-71 Paris Theatre)
31. I Can’t Quit You Baby (14-4-69 Rhythm & Blues Session)
32. You Shook Me (14-4-69 Rhythm & Blues Session)
33. Sunshine Woman (14-4-69 Rhythm & Blues Session)


%d bloggers like this: