Today, Led Zeppelin released an alternate version of "The Rain Song," off the 1973 album Houses of the Holy. It is part of their upcoming deluxe reissue series, which features alternate versions and mixes of classic recordings. Check out the "The Rain Song" (Mix Minus Piano) above.
The alternate version of the song sounds almost exactly like the original from the 1973 release, but is stripped of the piano parts that accompany throughout the song. Though they don't stand out as prominently as the guitars and strings in the original version, you can really tell the difference without them, and it makes this new take sound more raw. Also, Robert Plant's vocal tracks sound like they were tweaked, as well as Jimmy Page's electric guitar tracks, which sound a bit more bright.
Houses of the Holy and Led Zeppelin IV remastered will be released on October 28th, and are available on vinyl and CD for pre-order. Below you can see everything that is offered in the “Super Deluxe Edition Box Sets.” Both box sets will feature 2 CDs, 2 LPs, and a book for each album. For more information about the items, click on the images. The deluxe reissue versions of Houses of the Holy and Led Zeppelin IV are available for pre-order via Amazon.
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