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Led Zeppelin share unreleased recording of “Good Times Bad Times / Communication Breakdown”

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    As part of their forthcoming archival campaign, Led Zeppelin are releasing a wealth of previously unheard material including live versions, backing tracks, early ideas, and alternate mixes. Today, the band previews this collection with a rousing, previously unreleased live version of “Good Times / Communication Breakdown”.

    Appearing on the companion disc to the reissue of Led Zeppelin I, the recording captures the band’s rousing opening performance at Paris’ Olympia Theatre on October 10, 1969. Listen in below (via Rolling Stone).

    In a statement, guitarist Jimmy Page said of the song, “This is how we started off the set at Olympia, and you can just feel the energy on this. It’s wild, but it’s contained.” His description isn’t far off as the rendition is rollicking and hard-hitting. Kicking off with an instrumental snippet of “Good Times Bad Times”, Robert Plant wails the lyrics to “Communication Breakdown” over the bluesy-swagger of Page’s crunchy riffs.

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    The recording of “Good Times Bad Times / Communication Breakdown” will be available on iTunes and other digital retailers on April 15th. Meanwhile, reissues of 1969’s Led Zeppelin, 1969’s Led Zeppelin II, and 1970’s Led Zeppelin III will hit stores on June 3rd. Click here to see the full tracklists and other details.

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