Japanese reissue of 2000 compilation is packaged in a miniature heavy quality LP gatefold sleeve. 24 tracks including the 13-minute plus ''Whole Lotta Love'' (Medley) featuring ''Boogie Chillun''/Fixin'' To Die/That''s Alright Mama/A Mess Of Blues''. Includes credits & lyric booklet. Atlantic. 2003.
Frequently bootlegged and now digitally remastered by Jimmy Page, these tapes capture a 25-month (1969 to 1971) arc in which Zep''s sound grew to encompass the speed rush and jazz/blues festival stuff of their 1969 debut, the fully developed folkie musings of "Going to California" (in which Plant vowed to make a hejira right up to Joni Mitchell''s front door), and the band''s modestly popular multilayered epic "Stairway to Heaven." The Sessions also give a glimpse of nearly off-the-cuff invention in an intense take on Robert Johnson''s "Traveling Riverside Blues." Most other white blues musicians would''ve rushed to get this on vinyl; Page and Plant instead used it for parts, most notably taking its profound acoustic freneticism for Led Zeppelin III. --Rickey Wright
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