Despite being one of the biggest bands in the world, not even the juggernaut that is Led Zeppelin could turn down a cheap holiday to India in the heady days of the 1970’s, where many tie-dye travellers landed to indulge in cheap alcohol and the various other intoxicants the laxity of the local laws allowed.
And now the BBC has reported that Led Zeppelin have released a fabled set of recordings made during just such a trip.
Recorded in October 1972 with local musicians from the Bombay Orchestra, the two tracks (Two Hands (Four Sticks), and Friends); are available to stream or purchase on the Deluxe Reissue of the album Coda. These recordings followed a mythical impromptu gig, where payment came from a bottle of scotch.
We’re glad to hear despite having being well on their way shifting an astonishing 300 million physical sales, the iconic rockers were never too successful for a $1 beer, a $2 curry, and a $7 recording session.
The Hindustan Times have the full story, including Jimmy Page’s home movie footage of the 1972 trip.