LED ZEPPELIN: Takes Flight Again Tomorrow
Tomorrow (Tuesday) is the day diehard Led Zeppelin fans are looking forward to — the band is re-releasing Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin 2 and Led Zeppelin 3.
Remastered by Jimmy Page, and each with unreleased material, these are the first of a reissue program that will cover all nine studio albums in chronological order. Page tells us, “It’s not necessarily for people who have heard Led Zeppelin, it’s for the ones who’ve listened to it. Because when they listen to Led Zeppelin they understand why it ticks.”
Each album will contain a disc of unreleased music related to that album. Page says, “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 first three will be available on single CDs; deluxe sets with the bonus disc; vinyl; digital; and as a box set containing the re-mastered album on CD in a vinyl replica sleeve, companion audio on CD in a card wallet, the re-mastered album on vinyl in a sleeve replicating the first pressing, a 70-plus page book and high quality prints of the original album covers, a replica of the band’s original Atlantic Records press kit and more. The first 30,000 will be individually numbered.
The bonus audio for Led Zeppelin includes a previously unreleased performance recorded in October 1969 at the Olympia Theater in Paris. The nine-song set includes a 15-minute version of “Dazed and Confused” as well as “Heartbreaker” and “Moby Dick,” which would debut on Led Zeppelin 2 later that month.
The Led Zeppelin 2 bonus disc contains alternate mixes of five songs from the album, backing tracks to “Thank You” and “Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman),” and the previously unreleased instrumental “La La.”
Led Zeppelin 3’s companion disc has seven studio outtakes from the album as well as three previously unheard tunes: “Jennings Farm Blues” (an instrumental forerunner of “Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp”), “Bathroom Sound” (an instrumental version of “Out on the Tiles”) and a take on the blues classics “Keys to the Highway/Trouble in Mind.”