Led Zeppelin has offered up their first taste of the unreleased material that’ll be included on the deluxe editions of the forthcoming reissue of their 1975 double album, Physical Graffiti, which will be released February 24. A rough mix of “Houses of the Holy” premiered exclusively at RollingStone.com.
The track is slightly shorter than the final version heard on Physical Graffiti, and features prominent bass and some more noticeable percussion segments. In addition, Robert Plant’s harmonies and backing vocals are louder in a couple of sections of the tune, while Jimmy Page’s guitar overdubs jump out more near the end of the song.
Speaking about the song with Rolling Stone, Page noted, “‘Houses of the Holy’ is unlike anything that anyone was doing. It’s just something that’s totally of its own. I think the lyrics are brilliant on it.”
The unreleased version of “Houses of the Holy” is one of seven tracks featured on the “companion audio” disc packaged with the Deluxe and Super Deluxe versions of the Physical Graffiti reissue. Among the other bonus cuts are an orchestral rough mix of “Kashmir” titled “Driving Through Kashmir”; an early mix of “Trampled Under Foot” titled “Brandy & Coke”; and an early version of “In the Light,” dubbed “Everybody Makes It Through.”
For complete details about the Physical Graffiti reissues, visit LedZeppelin.com.