March 13, 2014
The song remains the same as Led Zeppelin’s first three albums get vinyl reissues on suitably heavyweight vinyl.
Keith Moon may have thought that they would go down like a ‘lead zeppelin’, but over 45 years later, Page, Plant and co are still demanding column inches like no other. Now, after months of build up the rock legends have announced they will be embarking on an “extensive reissue program” of their nine studio albums, starting this summer with their self-titled debut and follow up Led Zeppelin II from 1969 and Lead Zeppelin III from the following year. All three are set for release on 3rd June as either remastered single discs or as deluxe editions, which will each include a bonus disc of previously unreleased live and studio material.
As Rolling Stone report, the band will also be putting out a “super deluxe boxed set” that includes all of the audio on CD, vinyl and high quality download, as well as a hard-bound book of rare and previously unseen photos and a high-quality print of the album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be numbered.
Having remastered the records himself, guitarist Jimmy Page had this to say in a statement about the series: “The material on the companion discs presents a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin… It is a selection of work in progress with rough mixes, backing tracks, alternate versions and new material recorded at the time.”
Breaking down just what this means, the band have detailed that the reissue of their self-titled debut will include material from their October 10, 1969 concert at the Olympia Theater in Paris, capturing tracks from the album as well as early versions of ‘Heartbreaker’ and ‘Moby Dick’ which were yet to see a studio release.
The reissue of Led Zeppelin II will include alternate mixes of five album tracks as well as the previously unreleased ‘La La’, while Led Zeppelin III will throw in seven studio outtakes and three tracks released for the first time comprised of a duo of instrumentals and the blues medley ‘Keys to the Highway/Trouble in Mind’.
All this amounts to the first previously unreleased material from the band since 1982’s Coda collected their studio outtakes. [via Rolling Stone]