BBC Sessions (Led Zeppelin album)
|Release Date||11 November 1997 (US), 18 November 1997 (UK)|
|Recorded|| 3 March 1969 - 1 April 1971 at|
Playhouse Theatre, London;
Maida Vale Studio 4, London;
Aeolian Hall Studio 2, London;
Paris Theatre, London.
|Genre||Hard rock, blues rock, folk rock|
|Length||153 minutes 3 seconds|
|Catalogue||Atlantic 83061-2 (US), Atlantic 7567-83061-2 (UK)|
|Producer||Jimmy Page, Bernie Andrews, Jeff Griffin, Paul Williams, John Walters|
|Engineer||Pete Ritzerma, Joe Young, Tony Wilson|
BBC Sessions is a compilation album featuring live studio sessions and a broadcast concert recorded by English rock group Led Zeppelin for the BBC. It was released on 11 November 1997, by Atlantic Records.
This was the first issue of previously unreleased Led Zeppelin material since the 4 remastered out-takes in the early 1990s. Disc One consists of songs from four separate 1969 BBC sessions; at the Playhouse Theatre (3 March and 27 June), Maida Vale Studio 4 (24 June), and Aeolian Hall Studio 2 (16 June). Disc Two includes most of the 1 April 1971 concert from the Paris Theatre in Lower Regent Street, London. 'Stairway to Heaven', 'Black Dog', 'Going to California' are all performed at the Paris Theatre prior to the release of their fourth album, before an invited audience.
Unofficial Led Zeppelin's BBC session recordings were among the most popular bootleg items of the rock & roll era, appearing on a myriad of illegal records and CDs. They were all the more popular because of the lack of official Led Zeppelin live albums. This release was widely welcomed by Led Zeppelin fans as the first live release since The Song Remains the Same in 1976. However, due to licensing issues, some of the song medleys from the original broadcasts could not be included, while the masters for the 19 March at the Maida Vale Studio 4 recording were wiped by the BBC, meaning some material such as 'Sunshine Woman' exist only as an audience bootleg.
|Scott Floman (Goldmine)||United States||Rock and Soul Album Reviews||2002||A-|
|Chart (1997)||Peak position|
|Japanese Albums Chart||10|
|French Albums Chart||38|
|New Zealand RIANZ Top 50 Albums Chart||26|
|Finnish Albums Chart||28|
|Swedish Albums Chart||50|
|UK Albums Chart||23|
|Norwegian Albums Chart||36|
|US Billboard The 200 Albums Chart||12|
|Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart||30|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||150,000+||Gold|
|United States (RIAA)||2,000,000+||2× Multi-Platinum|
|RIAA – USA||Gold||16 December 1997|
|RIAA – USA||Platinum||16 December 1997|
|RIAA – USA||2× Platinum||7 August 2001|
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