Led Zeppelin is giving fans a preview of the upcoming deluxe reissue of the band’s final studio album, 1982’s Coda, which will be released July 31 alongside remastered and expanded versions of the band’s respective 1976 and 1979 albums, Presence and In Through the Out Door. A previously unreleased song titled “Sugar Mama,” which is featured on the first of two companion audio discs packaged with the deluxe editions of Coda, can be heard now on Led Zeppelin’s official YouTube channel.
According to Rolling Stone, the track was recorded in October 1968 at London’s Olympic Studios and initially was intended for the band’s self-titled debut. The raw-sounding tune is showcased by Robert Plant’s high, wailing vocals, galloping drums from John Bonham, a driving guitar riff and reverb-laden slide-guitar runs from Jimmy Page. Coda is a collection of outtakes and unused tracks recorded throughout Led Zeppelin’s career that originally came out a couple years after the band broke up in the wake of Bonham’s death.
Coda is the only installment of Led Zeppelin’s reissue campaign whose deluxe versions will feature two companion audios discs rather than just one. Among the other tracks are early or alternate mixes of such songs as “When the Levee Breaks,” “Four Sticks,” “The Wanton Song” and “In the Light” that boast the respective titles “If It Keeps On Raining,” “Four Hands,” “Desire” and “Everybody Makes It Through.”
The July 31 release of Coda, Presence and In Through the Out Door will mark the end of Led Zeppelin’s reissue campaign, which began last year. As with the previous installments, the new releases will be available in a variety of configurations, including single-disc CD and vinyl versions, Deluxe and Super Deluxe Editions and digital downloads.
For more information, visit LedZeppelin.com.