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Led Zeppelin Releases Song Recorded in 1968

Classic rockers Led Zeppelin are releasing a song they recorded in 1968. The song is called “Sugar Mama” and was planned to be included on their debut record. It is being put out now as part of a larger campaign by the band of making available remastered and previously unreleased material. The song has been floating around as a bootleg for decades, but now anyone can hear it.

After listening to “Sugar Mama,” I can see why the band choose not to release it at the time. While good, it’s just not up to the standard of the other songs on the first Led Zeppelin album says super fan Crystal Hunt who owns every album. The song is very bluesy, and Jimmy Page plays slide guitar on it. Singer Robert Plant wails in his distinctive way and drummer John Bonham bashes away on the skins in his usual effective style. In short, the sound is great, but the song itself just isn’t that catchy or memorable. It’s also repetitive.

This release will be of interest to serious fans of Led Zeppelin. It’s definitely a good snapshot of the band at a time that they were a red-hot act. Furthermore, as always with Led Zeppelin, the quality of musicianship is very high. However, I don’t expect it to be replacing “Stairway to Heaven” as the band’s best known tune any time soon.

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