Robert Plant Says Newly-Found Rarities May Be Featured on Upcoming Led Zeppelin Reissues

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_fe65ca4afb.jpgPhoto: Oli Powell -- Led Zeppelin fans apparently will soon get the chance to check out some never-before-heard music from the legendary band.  In a recent interview with the U.K.'s BBC 6 Music radio station, singer Robert Plant reveals that he's uncovered unreleased tapes of his old band that likely will be included on the planned expanded reissues of the Zeppelin catalog that are expected  in 2014.

"I found some quarter-inch spools recently, and I had a meeting with [guitarist] Jimmy [Page]," he reports.  "We baked them up and listened to them and there's some very, very interesting bits and pieces that probably will turn up on [the reissues]."

Among the rarities Plant says he's are found two songs that actually feature bassist John Paul Jones singing lead that he "desperately" wants to include on the updated releases.  Jones, however, apparently doesn't share his enthusiasm.

"So far [Jones is] gonna give me two cars and a greenhouse [to leave] them [off] the album."

Robert proceeds to take a playful dig at his old band mate, who currently is composing an opera.

"Oh, John, wherever you are, with your opera," quips Plant, "you can't wait to hear yourself singing all over the world!  'La la la la la la la la..."

As for what Plant's up to with his new band, Sensational Space Shifters, he reports that they're in the middle of recording their first studio album.  The singer says he's excited about the project, which the group is working on at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in southwestern England.

Sensational Space Shifters basically is a revamped version of Plant's early-2000s band Strange Sensation, with a notable addition to the lineup being Gambian musician Juldeh Camara.  Robert explains that his vision for the Space Shifters was "to create a band where there was a definite link between 20th century John Lee Hooker and Howlin' Wolf and the music of Africa itself."

He adds, "It really works 'cause it's quite tangential music."

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