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Hear the only known soundboard recordings of Led Zeppelin's When The Levee Breaks and The Wanton Song

Two Led Zeppelin's classics that were rarely heard live are captured here from soundboard recordings at the band's 18 January, 1975 concert in Bloomington, Minnesota. 

This remastered recording of Led Zeppelin IV closer When The Levee Breaks showcases the late John Bonham's kick drum in its glory and this clear recording is a real bootleg treat that deserves a proper official release. 

It's reportedly one of only a few times Led Zeppelin played the song live – and all were in 1975 – with the final airing of the song taking place in Chicago the following night. The powerful drums sound of recorded version proving notoriously difficult to recreate onstage. 

The Wanton Song performance from the same show is only 60% from the soundboard with the rest from audience recording. But it proves what a driving and powerful performance the Physical Graffiti track could be live, with John Paul Jones turning in an especially impressive bass performance here. 

You can hear the full remastered soundboard recording of the show below.

The full setlist for the Bloomington show:

Rock And Roll
Sick Again
Over the Hills And Far Away
When the Levee Breaks
The Song Remains The Same
Rain Song, Kashmir
The Wanton Song
No Quarter
Trampled Underfoot
Moby Dick
In My Time of Dying
Stairway To Heaven
Whole Lotta Love
Black Dog

For more Led Zeppelin live performances, check out YouTube channel Led Zeppelin Rarities (opens in new tab)

Rob Laing
Rob Laing

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar. I've currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with my own songs and I am enjoying playing covers in function bands.