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The Led Zeppelin song that remained hidden for 25 years

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Led Zeppelin, known for their meticulous approach, recorded their first album, “Led Zeppelin,” in 1969. With a tight 36-hour studio timeline, self-funded by guitarist Jimmy Page and manager Peter Grant, they made tough choices about the album’s content.

One such decision involved the song “Baby Come on Home,” co-written by Page, Robert Plant, and Bert Berns. Although initially intended for the album, the track mysteriously disappeared, only to resurface two decades later during studio renovations.

The song, marked by its bright organ and soulful vibe, deviated from the hard rock style Led Zeppelin was forging. Page, in “Light and Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page,” expressed dissatisfaction with the backing vocals, believing they weren’t up to par and stating, “It wasn’t very clever with the backing vocals.” The band, always setting high standards, felt other tracks were superior.

Despite Page’s appreciation for Plant’s vocals and the track itself, their commitment to excellence led to its exclusion. However, by the 1990s, perspectives had shifted. “Baby Come on Home” was finally released in the 1993 “Led Zeppelin Boxed Set 2,” offering fans a rare insight into the band’s early, genre-crossing experiments.

Although not as famous as anthems like “Immigrant Song” or “Stairway to Heaven,” it remains a testament to Led Zeppelin’s diverse musical capabilities and unwavering dedication to quality.

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