As we count down the days to Led Zeppelin releasing deluxe box sets of their first three albums, more unreleased material surfaces. Listen to the instrumental track "La La" above, via SoundCloud.
The song is a wildly diverse jam that almost sounds like The Who's Tommy tracks "Overture" and "Underture" - although "La La" doesn't fit into any sort of rock opera. We do hear some signature Led Zeppelin sounds, but the song is vastly different from anything that ended up on the II album that this was an outtake from. To begin, the first thing we hear is John Paul Jones on organ, and then John Bonham joins in with upbeat drumming. Jimmy Page's guitar is understated through the beginning of the song, then we hear his acoustic take a lead. By the end of the song, we're treated to some fantastic electric playing that shows traces of his work on the I album, and also sounds a lot like some of his later work on albums like Houses of the Holy and Physical Graffiti. It's difficult to tell if Robert Plant is on the recording or why it was named "La La."
I was able to get in touch with the gentleman who uploaded this recording to his SoundCloud, Wyatt Brake. Here's what he had to say about it:
Cook recorded the track when it was broadcast on during Nicky Horne's interview with Jimmy Page on TeamRock Radio (UK) and shared it with the Led Zeppelin mailing list, For Badgeholders Only (named for a bootleg recording of Zeppelin's June 23, 1977 show at the LA Forum, at which Keith Moon made an appearance).
I shared the track in the Ramble On Radio Facebook group (run by Brian Gardiner at http://zeppeled.blogspot.ca) via SoundCloud, and it's been picked up from there. I had no intention of sharing the song with such a wide audience, but it's probably good advertising for Zeppelin....
He also posted this note on SoundCloud with the song:
Thanks to James Cook of Led Zeppelin News for the preview, available only until June 2. In many ways, a very un-Zeppelinesque late 1960s sound... This preview is for promotional purposes only. I have pre-ordered the Super Deluxe Box Sets and you should, too...