Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin will mark this year’s Record Store Day with a limited-edition 7” yellow vinyl single featuring previously unreleased mixes of “Rock and Roll” and “Friends.” Produced by Jimmy Page, the single will be available for purchase only at independent music stores.

According to a press release, the “Rock and Roll” mix originates from the so-called “Sunset Sound Mixes” made for the band’s fourth album, released in 1971. Only two “Sunset Sound Mix” recordings have been released previously -- the version of “When the Levee Breaks” that appears on the original album, and the special-mix version of “Stairway to Heaven” featured on the 2014 “deluxe” reissue of Led Zeppelin IV.

The “Friends” mix, on the other hand, is an “Olympic Studios Mix” culled from the Led Zeppelin III album sessions. Unlike the version on the original LP, the Record Store Day mix features no orchestration, and offers a more stripped-down take of the recording.

News of the Record Store Day release comes in the midst of a swirl of Led Zeppelin-related activity. The band’s 2003 live album, How the West Was Won, is slated for release on March 23, and an ambitious hardcover book compiled by the surviving members will be published in October. This year’s Record Store Day falls on April 21.