Next month, several unreleased Led Zeppelin studio tapes will be auctioned at the Marvels of Modern Music auction. The tracks are rough, early mixes from the band's sole double studio set, 1975's Physical Graffiti. The tapes come from the private collection of noted engineer, Ron Nevison, who's best known for his groundbreaking work with Pete Townshend on the Who's 1973 Quadrophenia -- and who helped design Ronnie Lane's Mobile Studio, which was housed in the 26-foot Airstream trailer, which Zeppelin used for a portion of the Physical Graffiti album.
During a key session for the album, John Paul Jones was late to the studio, leaving Jimmy Page and John Bonham to work out the riff and basic track for "Kashmir" -- which was recorded under the working title, "Driving To Kashmir."
Jimmy Page told us that he knew from the beginning that the magic surrounding Led Zeppelin wouldn't last forever: "I said, basically around the time of the first album, it's all a race against time, and I think it is. It still is. It still is a race against time and trying to do good work and improve on what you've done. It's more difficult as you get older because you know your days are numbered, really. Within Zeppelin we had this amazing vehicle that we could continue and continue and just come up with amazing things -- which fortunately we did continue, and we did come up with amazing stuff. But I still thought it was a race against time. I had no idea how prophetic it would be with the loss of John Bonham."
Ron Nevison is also auctioning other rough mixes from his collection, including tracks from Ozzy Osbourne, Bad Company, Eric Clapton and the Who.