September 16th will see the release of Led Zeppelin’s The Complete BBC Sessions (originally put together in 1997 but now expanded). The recordings come from a session recorded for Alexis Korner’s World Service show from March 1969, and Sunshine Woman is one of the rare tracks that hasn’t been released or available before. Jimmy Page told Mojo:
“[Sunshine Woman] was basically made up on the spot. It was pretty brave, bearing in mind the circumstances. We played it as if we were in rehearsals, starting it around the riff and then working it out. It shows that we were evolving pretty quickly.”
The tape of that session was lost to time and so the track has really only existed as a poor-quality bootleg. This version, Page says, is the best recording you will ever find of what might be the last previously unheard Zeppelin song to get an official release.
The song is…alright. I guess I’m of the opinion that the best Led Zeppelin has been in the canon for a while now. Have a listen yourself: