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Limited Edition Reissue Of “Immigrant Song” Japanese 7” Single (Press Release)


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Update: 1/14/21: With great regret, Warner Music must inform Led Zeppelin fans that the “Immigrant Song / Hey, Hey, What Can I Do” 7” single has been cancelled. We sincerely apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience this may have caused.

Refunds will be available at point of purchase.



Limited Edition Reissue Of “Immigrant Song” Japanese 7” Single

Available For Pre-Order This Thursday


Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones released Led Zeppelin III 50 years ago today in the U.S., on October 5, 1970, with the U.K. and other countries following a few weeks later. The band’s third album in less than two years, it would top the charts in several countries – including the U.S. and the U.K. – on its way to selling more than 13 million copies worldwide. Beyond its overwhelming commercial success, the album also represented a turning point musically for Led Zeppelin as the group expanded its hard-hitting sound to embrace a wider range of styles on acoustic-based songs like “That’s The Way,” “Tangerine,” and “Bron-Y-Aur-Stomp.”

In celebration of the record’s 50th anniversary, the band will reissue the Japanese version of the album’s only single – “Immigrant Song” b/w the non-album track “Hey, Hey, What Can I Do” – on 7” vinyl. Limited to 19,700 copies, it comes in a sleeve that replicates the original artwork. The single will be released on January 15, 2021 and can be pre-ordered at www.ledzeppelin.com starting this Thursday at 3PM BST/10AM EST.

“Immigrant Song” was a Top 20 hit in the U.S. and has gone on to become one of the band’s most popular and enduring songs, currently ranking as their second most-streamed track worldwide. It’s also had an enduring impact on pop culture thanks to several memorable appearances in blockbuster motion pictures such as School Of Rock and, most recently, in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok.


“Immigrant Song” and its lyrical references to Norse mythology were inspired by the band’s concert in Reykjavik, Iceland on June 22, 1970. Six days later, the song made its live debut in England at the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music. That fall, it would appear as the lead-off track on Led Zeppelin III.

Following the whirlwind success of the band’s first two albums and near constant touring, there was an initial rehearsal with Plant and Bonham where Page presented “Immigrant Song,” “Friends,” and what became “Out On The Tiles.”  Page and Plant then took to the now famous Bron-Yr-Aur cottage in Wales in 1970 to have a musical sabbatical. The remote 18th-century cottage – which lacked electricity and running water - became home to “That’s The Way.”  

Page and Plant later convened with Bonham and Jones for rehearsals before recording began in earnest that May with engineer Andy Johns. The band recorded the album in several locations, including London’s Olympic Studios and Island Studios.  Following the recording sessions, Page, who produced the album, took the mixed master tapes to Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, to make the cut for vinyl. Fueled by classic tracks such as “Since I’ve Been Loving You,, “Out On The Tiles,” and “Celebration Day,” Led Zeppelin III has been certified 6x platinum in the U.S. alone while also achieving multi-platinum status in many other countries.

Beyond the music, the album is noteworthy for another reason; it’s innovative artwork. When it was originally released on vinyl, Led Zeppelin III came packaged in a gatefold sleeve, conceived by Page and designed by multi-media artist Zacron (aka Richard Drew), whom Page had met in the early 1960s when Drew was attending Kingston College of Art. For his design, Zacron created a surreal collection of images (planes, birds and butterflies) surrounding several cutout holes. Behind the cover, he placed a rotating disc (volvelle or wheel chart) that featured more images, including photos of all four band members. When the disc was turned by hand, different images would appear in the openings to create an interactive visual experience.


Led Zeppelin III

Side 1
1.    Immigrant Song
2.    Friends
3.    Celebration Day
4.    Since I’ve Been Loving You
5.    Out On The Tiles

Side 2
1.    Gallows Pole
2.    Tangerine
3.    That’s The Way
4.    Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
5.    Hats Off To (Roy) Harper






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4 hours ago, badgeholder said:

Will HHWCID have the extra bit at the end that was cut off on the remasters, is what us nerds need to know

AHAHAH! Why does JP feel the need to do such things? I can't bring myself to buy anything official since 07. . .

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All those words in the press release and nary a word about the hidden gem "Hey Hey, What Can I Do" and its provenance and history. People need to stop giving short shrift to this song.

4 hours ago, badgeholder said:

Will HHWCID have the extra bit at the end that was cut off on the remasters, is what us nerds need to know

My first thought, too.

I have two of these 7" singles. One I bought in 1975. The second I bought in 1981.

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I have the original Japanese release. I got it in the early 80's when I was a teen at an indy record store fro about $5. Probably worth some $$$ now and I still have it. I also have the 10 legendary singles from New Zealand as well with the mistakes as some A sides are B sides etc.

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[Oct. 8] Available to pre-order now: a limited edition, 7" vinyl replica of the Japanese version of the album’s only single: “Immigrant Song” b/w the non-album track “Hey, Hey, What Can I Do".  Only 19,700 copies available - pre-order here: https://Rhino.lnk.to/ImmigrantSong
More info at ledzeppelin.com
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5 hours ago, The Only Way To Fly said:

I'm not that excited about the single, I have a lot of vinyl, but only a handful of singles so I wont be getting it. The shirt however, ok, they are pretty cool indeed. 

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That's so nice. Will definitely be ordering one. My Birthday is late January, so perfect!

Thanks for the heads up.

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