Led Zeppelin will release an expanded version of its 1997 BBC Sessions on September 16th. The updated set, retitled, The Complete BBC Sessions, was produced by Jimmy Page and features eight previously unreleased tracks — including “I Can’t Quit You Baby,” “You Shook Me,” and the only recorded performance of “Sunshine Woman.” Led Zeppelin’s original BBC Sessions was released on November 11th, 1997 and peaked at Number 12 on the Billboard 200 charts.
Jimmy Page spoke about the band’s growth in an interview with Guitar World, explaining, “The BBC Sessions show in graphic detail just how organic the group was. Led Zeppelin was a band that would change things around substantially each time it played. . . . We were becoming tighter and tighter, to the point of telepathy.”
John Paul Jones told Wall Of Sound: “We’d been on the road a lot by the time those sessions were recorded. The albums were always the starting point of the music, and then we’d take it out and expand it on the road. Then we’d come straight off the road into those BBC studios.”
Robert Plant spoke about the BBC sessions to Mojo, recalling, “The whole thing was very quaint: the politeness of the audience, the technicians fumbling about, proper hallowed low-key introductions. Like there was some sort of holy moment about to occur.”
Jimmy Page told us that after all the success Led Zeppelin had, the real reward has been that the music has lasted so long: “The most satisfying, the most rewarding part of it, is having been part of music like that, which has stood up to the test of time. Every musician hopes that their music will hold up. And it’s wonderful.”
“What Is And What Should Never Be”
“I Can’t Quit You Baby”
“You Shook Me”