The Rolling Stones have dug through the archives and released a previously unheard Jimmy Page collaboration, ‘Scarlet’.
The long-lost track was recorded by the band in October 1974, and features the Led Zeppelin legend shred on guitar, with Blind Faith’s Ric Grech on bass.
‘Scarlet’ follows the release of ‘Criss Cross’ — both tracks are set to feature on the forthcoming reissue of the bands seminal 1973 record, Goats Head Soup, set to arrive on September 4th.
“I remember first jamming this with Jimmy and Keith [Richards, guitarist] in Ronnie’s [Wood, bassist] basement studio. It was a great session,” Jagger shared of the track.
“My recollection is we walked in at the end of a Zeppelin session. They were just leaving, and we were booked in next and I believe that Jimmy decided to stay.
“We weren’t actually cutting it as a track, it was basically for a demo, a demonstration, you know, just to get the feel of it, but it came out well, with a line up like that, you know, we better use it.”
During a recent appearance on BBC Radio 2’s The Zoe Ball Show, Jagger delved into how the track came to be, admitting that he had “completely forgotten” about it, until recently stumbling across it.
“I’d completely forgotten about this one, it was recorded around the time we made Goats Head Soup in 1973,” he shared.
“It was recorded in Ronnie Wood’s basement of his house, sounds very rock and roll doesn’t it? It was Keith and me, and Jimmy Page turned up for some reason and we had various other musicians, I had this song and I thought let’s try it out.
“We ran through other things and Keith and I worked on but then I completely forgot it. Jimmy Page remembered everything about it and I didn’t remember anything.”
The Goats Head Soup reissue will feature outtakes, rarities, and alternative mixes to the classic tunes of the album, the box set will also include three previously unreleased songs, as well as a new stereo mix.