“Sunshine Woman”: Lost Zeppelin Track from ’69 Resurfaces

by Peter Wendel
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Zeppelin1973WikiMainHere’s a nugget from deep inside the vault. Led Zeppelin has just released the only take of “Sunshine Woman” – a raw, raunchy blues track from 1969 – that is included on the soon-to-be-released collection entitled The Complete BBC Sessions.

In addition to “Sunshine Woman” (listen below), the new collection contains eight unreleased recordings Zep made for the BBC, including a “lost” session from 1969. These gems will make their public debut on an expanded and remastered reissue of Zeppelin’s double-platinum BBC Sessions released in 1997.

The Complete BBC Sessions is due out September 16th.

The “lost” recording of “Sunshine Woman” is rough but right. Jimmy Page has been blunt about the quality, telling the Guardian: “There’s no point pretending it wasn’t recorded off the radio.” Oh well, we’ll gladly grin and bear it.

Here’s “Sunshine Woman,” which has never appeared on any studio recording. Don’t miss Page’s blistering guitar work going into the close:

Peter Wendel is a journalist and PR consultant. He's attended hundreds of concerts and festivals, including the Peach, Mountain Jam, the All Good and Lockn'. He's ridden legendary Grateful Dead runs from Ventura County Fairgrounds to Irvine Meadows (CA) from the Nassau Coliseum (NY) to the Boston Garden (MA). Peter is a former U.S. Marine who – after running into trouble with every last one of his commanding officers – received an honorable discharge and a direct order never to return. Born in California and raised in New Jersey, Peter lived in Boston and Joshua Tree (CA) before settling in the nation's capital. Find him on tour at PWendel@SongMango.com.