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Mar142017

In the days of his youth: Jimmy Page issuing unreleased 1961 demos he produced for a UK rock band

Jimmy Page RecordsAs rock fans continue to wait for new music from Jimmy Page, the Led Zeppelin guitarist has announced plans for a special archival release that will be available exclusively through his official website. Page is issuing a collection of 12 previously unreleased demos recorded in 1961 by the British rock 'n' roll group Chris Farlowe & the Thunderbirds that marked the first official music project produced by Jimmy.

The album, titled The Beginning…, can be pre-ordered now at JimmyPage.com and will be available on April 30 via Page's own label. The release includes a 175-gram vinyl LP, a CD, liner notes by Page and Farlowe, and a personal photo of Chris. A standard version is priced at 19.61 pounds, or about $24, while a deluxe edition signed by both Page and Farlowe will run you 196.10 pounds, or about $238.

The Beginning… includes covers of well-known rock 'n' roll and soul songs including "What'd I Say," "Let the Good Times Roll," "Kansas City," "Matchbox" and "Money." You can check out Farlowe & the Thunderbirds' version of Barrett Strong's "Money" now at Page's SoundCloud page.

The recordings on the album also were the first made by Farlowe, who went on to score a chart-topping U.K. single in 1966 with a cover of The Rolling Stones' "Out of Time." In addition, the singer lent his talents to a pair of other Page projects -- the 1982 Death Wish II soundtrack and Jimmy's 1988 solo album Outrider.

"I'm really pleased to be able to make this musical document available for the first time to give an idea of the musical cauldron that was going on in London in 1961, a few years before the Chicago Blues renaissance and The Beatles," says Page of The Beginning…"

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