English rock band Led Zeppelin, one of the most influential bands in the history of music, visited Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1972. During this trip, which has become part of rock-lore in India, not only did the iconic musicians perform in a now-defunct discotheque called Slip Disc, but they also recorded versions of their songs 'Friends' and 'Four Hands' at EMI Recording Studios.
(From left) Jimmy Page, guitarist, and Robert Plant, vocalist, perform at Slip Disc in Mumbai, October 1972.
Now, according to news reports, these recordings will be released officially by the band on July 31 as part of the remastered versions of their final three studio albums: 'Presence' (1976), 'In Through The Out Door' (1979), and 'Coda' (1982).
The sessions were recorded over two trips to Bombay in 1972, in March and another in October. Vocalist Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page recorded with stellar classical musicians such as saarangi player Ustad Sultan Khan and flautist Pt Vijay Raghav Rao.
The remasters are being done by Page himself. The audio recording of that magical session is up on YouTube. Check it out above.
Aside from that, here is some other memorabilia from that magical trip that some of the greatest rock musicians alive took to aamchi Mumbai.
A silent home movie shot around Mumbai by Page in February, 1972
Page and a monkey pose together. Luckiest. Monkey. Ever.
Manager Robert Cole and singer Plant enjoy a camel ride on the beach.
H/T: Hindustan Times
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