Jimmy Page released a demo version of ‘The Rain Song’


Jimmy Page has released an early demo of “The Rain Song” to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the release of “Houses of the Holy”.

Page released the track, titled “The Seasons,” through his website on March 28 using the website’s “On This Day” section.

“On this day, 50 years ago to the day, ‘Houses of the Holy’ was released,” Page wrote. “My original idea for the opening tracks for ‘Houses of the Holy’ was that a short overture would be a rousing instrumental introduction with layered electric guitars that would segue in to ’The Seasons’, later to be titled ‘The Rain Song’. Again there would be a contrasting acoustic guitar instrumental movement with melotron that could lead to the first vocal of the album and the first verse of the song.”

“‘The Seasons’ was a memo to myself as a reminder of the sequence of the song and various ideas I’d had for it in its embryonic stage. I’d worked on it over one evening at home. During the routining of the overture now titled ‘The Plumpton and Worcester Races’, the half time section was born and the overture shaped in to the song, ‘The Song Remains The Same’. These rehearsals were done in Puddle Town on the River Piddle in Dorset, UK.”

“The first set of recordings were done at Olympic Studios with George Chkiantz. We then came to record at Stargroves, Sir Mick Jagger’s country home, and, like Headley Grange, with the Rolling Stones recording truck. ‘The Song Remains The Same’ was played on a Fender 12 string, the same one used on Becks Bolero, with my trusty Les Paul number 1 on overdubs in a standard turning. The ‘Rain Song’ was an unorthodox tuning on acoustic and electric guitars. On live shows, it became a work-out feature for the double neck.”

This is the first authorised release of Led Zeppelin music since 2018

Interestingly, “The Seasons” was released through Page’s website, not Led Zeppelin’s, and the band’s official social channels and record label haven’t shared the unreleased track.

The release of “The Seasons” is the first authorised release of Led Zeppelin music since the band released a two-track Record Store Day vinyl single on April 21, 2018 that contained alternative mixes of “Rock And Roll” and “Friends”.

It appears that Page has been aware of this demo of “The Rain Song” for many years and previously misplaced the recording before discovering it some time between 2014 and 2020.

“I had a home demo of ‘The Rain Song’, but unfortunately the tapes have been lost. Which is a real bastard,” Page told Classic Rock Magazine in 2014. “I literally had the full piece from beginning to end. I had the Mellotron idea and everything on it. But the version of ‘The Rain Song’ on the new companion disc is a really cool one. It’s got less piano on it, so you get more of the guitar textures.”

Then in a 2020 interview with Rolling Stone, Page said: “I recently found a really early tape that had been missing for a long while, but it’s got the full orchestration of ‘Rain Song.’ It goes all through to the very end, the same way that you know it, even with the bit in the middle where it goes a bit heavier, before it goes back to the light and caressing parts. It’s all in there, the Mellotron and everything. And it’s not played as well, like the John Paul Jones version, because I knew he could do a really good job on it. But it’s there, every part of it, every phrase is there, slightly different. And then you hear things that didn’t get used.”

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34 Comments on "Jimmy Page released a demo version of ‘The Rain Song’"

  1. Jimmy is a genius. That’s a helluva demo.

  2. Just wow! 😯 Fantastic!

  3. Michael Lundgren | 28th March 2023 at 4:43 pm | Reply

    Remember they were in there 20’s and so very interesting as this is a foundation. Imagine being the drummer and singer. Like layers of paint on the canvas. Another example of extreme talent and musical mastery. Beautiful…

  4. Robert O Cooper III | 28th March 2023 at 4:53 pm | Reply

    One of the best guitar players that I have ever seen. SMOOOOOOTH As silk.

  5. Joseph Wilson | 28th March 2023 at 4:56 pm | Reply

    Dad was always right led zeppelin best album

  6. lyle a kirkpatrick | 28th March 2023 at 5:02 pm | Reply

    Brilliant! I love this and yes Jimmy is certainly a genius. Led Zepplin was so successful because every one of the band members were the very best at what they did never to be matched.

  7. What a way to end the day! Genius stuff ✨️

  8. Simply brilliant

  9. Bruh !!!!

  10. So happy I was at the age to hear Zeppelins music, todays just dosnt come close. Each member was a genius at their craft and Pagey will always be my hero and he will always be LZ!

  11. Been a Zeppelin fan for nearly 50 years. Never got to see them live hear in Buffalo.
    They were scheduled to appear in 1977 I believe but tragically Roberts son died. Then again the were supposed to come here but then John died.
    I did get to see Robert and Jimmy in Orlando in the 90s and what a magical show it was. Still wish I would have been able to see them all together.
    To me, they are some of the best musicians to grace our planet.
    Rock on boys

    • David,

      As i was reading these posts, I was thinking about the No Quarter show I too saw in Orlando in the 90’s!

      I knew I was going to that show as I never got to see Zeppelin either. I’ve been to hundreds of shows and festivals, but regrettably missed the Zep. For some reason I never bought tickets to No Quarter, but it didn’t matter as I KNEW I would be there.

      Imagine my surprise when I arrived at the Arena that night to find the show was sold out, and NO one was outside selling tickets. In a panic, I was pleading with the box office people, begging really. A guy walked behind the lady in the box office that I was pleading with, and he heard me and sized up the beautiful blonde I was with.

      He produced 2 tickets, asked for an amount of money that was everything we had, and left us with exactly a quarter but of course I didn’t care!

      The tickets had no seating info on them, I thought we got ripped off as we ran up the steps to the Arena. We entered, and the ushers walked us deeper and deeper into the Arena, and we ended up sitting front row, center stage for the entire incredible show! Robert Plant serenaded me for 2 hours, she said it was her but I disagree to this day!

      I tell that story whenever Zeppelin talk comes up, and I figured you might appreciate it since you were there!

      On a side note I took my 8 year old son to his first “Zeppelin” shows recently. He got to see Get The Led Out 2 weeks ago, and Classic Albums Live Zeppelin 4, last weekend here in Orlando. He’s looking forward to his first Jason Bonham show this Summer in Atlanta!

      Keep rocking and take care – Scott

  12. Their 9 studio albums are the chapters….what a story!

  13. Timothy M Hughes | 29th March 2023 at 1:03 am | Reply

    The master. Please release more Jimmy!!

  14. Wonderful Master Jimmi! Thank you for your fantastic music! I still remember “the old man”, in Dazed and Confused. Go on!

  15. Forever I grow old,but this never ever does beautiful piece of music

  16. P. Z. ENDRICH | 29th March 2023 at 3:47 am | Reply

    Wow!! This makes me feel so being 15yrs old again… and reminding me why there shall never be anything like Led Zeppelin again….Brrr!!

  17. Beautiful. Just Beautiful. Thanks Jimmy, Robert, John, and Bonzo for all the great music, memories and concerts you left us.

  18. Magnificent. Beautiful.

  19. Led Zepp are known for their fantastic riff’s, amongst other things of course. When I bought H O T H back in 73, I thought the whole LP was like the industrial revolution, on reflection. The whole LP is another springboard, another direction. The Rain Song, was so beautiful, and now at 65 years old, can definitely relate to the lyrics. The closing guitar pics finish the song perfectly.

  20. I need to get all this new stuff on CD, so I can crack up the volume up in my car and shut out the world of noise and soak it all up. What do ya think sir James, any danger of that happening? lol. Since I was 12, way back in 69, i heard WHOLE LOTTTA LOVE. I thought it was on the radio, and still do, but Zepp never released a single in the UK. It was that centre riff that just went over and over in my head. Then i HEARD CCS do it on Top Of The Pops. Later my girlfriend gave me Led Zeppelin II (MAROON LABLE) I still have it. I have no idea if it still Plays, but that was it. On that LP it was loaded with more of immense riffing. I never got to see Zepp until August 11th 79. I stitched my pocket closed with the ticket in it so I didn’t loose it. When Zepp came on stage I lost everything in the crowd serge. Sleeping bag, food money to get home. Decades later I saw the video of the show. Imagine my delight when I watched the video and I’m in it. I was almost 21, and a dream fulfilled.

  21. This demo could of been released as the Instrumental -at any point after “Houses”- one of my favourite Zep ballads. Now just to hear Robert’s voice only on this same track and for the sky to open up with a downpour.Upon us all- a little rain must fall.

  22. Led Zeppelin is to this day the best band ever!

  23. Mykel Rozz Sewel | 30th March 2023 at 12:20 am | Reply

    To describe a composition such as this one, is like trying to describe love. It appears that it is on the same level, I imagine it has saved lives in quite the same way, I imagine it to be the perfect atmosphere for conception, and I have this strange fantasy of otherworldly beings coming down and asking us why they should spare us, based on the horrors that mankind has shown to be capable of. Upon hearing this, they suddenly see worthiness, thus securing the planet,and even, and some strange way, gaining some form of respect…. that’s the level of beauty surrounding something like this …. it is like HEARING love. I don’t think it’s at all reasonable to refer to Led Zeppelin as simply a “rock band”. Have they not proven transcendence?

  24. George Fludas | 30th March 2023 at 7:28 am | Reply

    incredible to hear something finally, that is new. I assume based on those comments that Jimmy was the one playing the mellotron parts (strings and flutes)?

    • Maybe not-it could of been JPJ as it sounds almost complete music wise.Like someone else said earlier – pretty amazing demo!

  25. Roy JOHN Watson | 8th April 2023 at 8:07 pm | Reply

    sounds to polished to be a demo maybe jimmy has touched it up the more i listen to it sounds like a brand new jimmy page track very nice

  26. Neville John Pearson | 23rd October 2023 at 11:44 am | Reply

    Jimmy Page has influenced my own playing for as long as I can remember. A great player.

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