Led Zeppelin to reissue first three albums
Rock legends Led Zeppelin is ready to revisit its old catalogue, and then some.
The group will reissue its first three albums as deluxe editions, including previously unreleased tracks.
As part of its self-described “extensive reissue program” of all nine of its studio albums, guitarist/producer Jimmy Page has remastered each release. They will be available as single discs, or as a deluxe edition featuring a bonus disc of previously unreleased studio and live tracks recorded at the same time. “Led Zeppelin”, “Led Zeppelin II” and “Led Zeppelin III” will hit stores June 3.
The albums will be released as a single CD, two-disc deluxe edition, single LP on 180-gram vinyl (with a sleeve that replicates the original “Led Zeppelin III” moving wheel), deluxe-edition vinyl and digital download. The group is also making a limited-edition “Super Deluxe Boxed Set” of each album available that includes all of the audio on CD and vinyl, as well as a high-definition audio download card, a hard-bound book containing rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia and a high-quality print of the album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be numbered. The Super Deluxe edition of “Led Zeppelin” will also contain a replica of the band's original Atlantic press kit.
Page said in a statement, “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.”
The deluxe edition of the group's 1969 debut will feature a concert recording of the group's October 10, 1969, gig at the Olympia in Paris, including a 15-minute version of “Dazed and Confused”.
The bonus disc for the deluxe edition of “Led Zeppelin II” includes alternate mixes of five songs that made it onto the album, one that didn't (the previously unreleased “La La”) and the backing tracks for “Thank You” and “Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)”.
The deluxe edition of “Led Zeppelin III” features seven studio outtakes of album tracks with three never-before-released tracks: an instrumental precursor to “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp” called “Jennings Farm Blues”, an instrumental version of “Out on the Tiles” dubbed “Bathroom Sound” and the blues medley “Keys to the Highway/Trouble in Mind”.
The catalogue was last remastered 20 years ago, according to Page. John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant came together in 1968 as Led Zeppelin, and over the next decade, they would become one of the most influential, innovative and successful groups in modern music, selling more than 300 million albums worldwide. Their songs are some of the most celebrated in rock 'n' roll history that, to this day, resonate with fans young and old around the globe.
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