Yesterday in 1997 Led Zeppelin released a “Whole Lotta Love” 3-track EP in the UK, 28 years after the release of the album containing the song. The other two tracks on the EP are “Baby Come on Home” and “Travelling Riverside Blues”. This was the first-ever official UK release of “Whole Lotta Love”, as Zeppelin had prohibited Atlantic Records from releasing any singles in their home country. This one was issued to promote their recently reissued back catalog.
In that same vein, today I thought I’d provide some information on Led Zeppelin singles.
Zeppelin weren’t opposed to issuing singles in the UK specifically, they were opposed to issuing singles of their music in general. They and manager Peter Grant felt that singles were meant for the pop audience, that they would not be an accurate representation of their sound, and that they also took away from the band’s mystique. As a result, they made sure no stock singles were ever released in the UK (although there were several promo and jukebox singles released later). It also turned out to be a good business decision, because it forced fans who wanted just one or two songs to have to buy the entire album.
While Zeppelin were pretty successful in keeping the UK division of Atlantic Records from releasing singles there, they couldn’t keep the divisions in other countries (most notably the U.S., France, Germany and Japan) from releasing them. Atlantic tried several times throughout Zeppelin’s career to release singles in the UK anyway, and on a few of those occasions they actually pressed some. But Peter Grant always made Atlantic withdraw them before release for public sale.
Much to the band’s chagrin however, their label, Atlantic Records, issued 10 singles from their studio albums in the US. They are, in order of release:
Good Times Bad Times / Communication Breakdown Released Mar. 10, 1969
Whole Lotta Love / Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Woman) Released Nov. 7, 1969
Immigrant Song / Hey Hey What Can I Do Released Nov. 5, 1970
Black Dog / Misty Mountain Hop Released Dec. 2, 1971
Rock And Roll / Four Sticks Released Feb. 21, 1972
Over The Hills And Far Away / Dancing Days Released May 24, 1973
D’yer Mak’er / The Crunge Released Sep. 17, 1973
Trampled Underfoot / Black Country Woman Released Apr. 2, 1975
Candy Store Rock / Royal Orleans Released Jun. 18, 1976
Fool In The Rain / Hot Dog Released Dec. 7, 1979
FACT: The rarest official Led Zeppelin single is the original Japanese Atlantic/Polydor pressing of “Immigrant Song” backed with “Out On The Tiles.” The only official single to feature both songs, this disc is valued at around $2,000 by collectors.