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Great Forgotten Songs #3 – Led Zeppelin “Hey, Hey What Can I Do?”

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Great Forgotten Songs #3 – Led Zeppelin “Hey, Hey What Can I Do?”

“Hey, Hey, What Can I Do” was released in 1970 as the B-side of “Immigrant Song” outside the United Kingdom.

It is the only non-album track the band released before their 1980 breakup, appearing on the Atlantic Records UK various artists compilation LP record, The New Age of Atlantic, released in 1972. The song was first released on CD in September 1990 on the 4-CD Led Zeppelin Boxed Set collection.

Initial 7-inch single pressings of the song featured a long gradual fade that ends abruptly with acoustic guitar. Subsequent pressings had a quicker fade, presumably to avoid the sudden end. This is the version that has been featured on every CD release prior to 2015. The 2015 expanded edition of Coda features an even shorter fade, excising the acoustic guitar ending altogether.

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In 1992, as a 20th anniversary release, “Immigrant Song”/”Hey, Hey What Can I Do” was released as a “vinyl replica” CD single. In 1993, “Hey, Hey What Can I Do” was included on The Complete Studio Recordings 10-CD box set, as one of four bonus tracks on the Coda disc as well as the subsequent 12-CD Led Zeppelin Definitive Collection box set released in 2008. In 2015, the song was also included on disc one of the two companion discs of the reissue of Coda.

In 2007, Led Zeppelin released the track online along with the rest of their back catalogue, as a bonus track on Led Zeppelin III. The song was also released as the B-side of the “Stairway to Heaven” 7-inch 45 rpm picture disc.

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