The track is from the Olympia in Paris concert disc
Last week, Led Zeppelin released a video trailer to Led Zeppelin: Deluxe Edition reissue coming June 3rd that contained a sample of “Good Times, Bad Times/Communication Breakdown” from the companion audio disc. Today (April 14th), the full track has been released for streaming.
Rolling Stone has the exclusive first listen of the live track from the October 10th, 1969 at the Olympia in Paris concert that is available in complete form on the two disc CD Deluxe Edition, three LP Deluxe Edition, Super Deluxe Box Set and digital formats for LZ1.
“This is how we started off the set at Olympia,” Jimmy Page said a statement. “And you can just feel the energy on this. It’s wild, but it’s contained.” John Paul Jones adds, “These were usually openers ’cause they made you sit up. Concise and hard-hitting.”
Robert Plant says “Communication Breakdown” is an ode to the late 1950’s rock and roll. “‘Good Times Bad Times’ is the nearest thing you’d ever come to a sort of rock ditty. I mean, how did I know about the ‘days of my youth I was told what it means to be a man’ and all that stuff? It’s almost Tin Pan Alley, but played brilliantly. And Bonzo’s bass drum work. They were just really vigorous, joyous, uncomplicated pieces of music, which were great fun.”
The track is available digitally starting April 15th.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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