First Three Led Zeppelin Albums to be Reissued with Unreleased, Live Tracks
Remastered Deluxe Editions will be available in multiple formats June 3
Led Zeppelin is ready to revisit its old catalog…and then some.
The group will reissue its first three albums as deluxe editions, including previously unreleased tracks, according to Rollingstone.com.
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 featturing 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.
"The material on the companion discs presents a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin," Page said in a statement. "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, Led Zeppelin, 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" at that concert.
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 catalog was last remastered 20 years ago, according to Page. In addition to the Led Zeppelin albums, Page also said that he would be releasing "some of my own material from the archives," but has yet to detail those releases.
Here are the track lists for each of the bonus discs available in the deluxe editions of the albums:
Led Zeppelin Deluxe Edition Bonus Disc:
All tracks recorded live at the Olympia in Paris on October 10, 1969
"Good Times Bad Times/Communication Breakdown"
"I Can't Quit You Baby"
"Dazed And Confused"
"White Summer/Black Mountain Side"
"You Shook Me"
"How Many More Times"
Led Zeppelin II Deluxe Edition Bonus Disc:
"Whole Lotta Love"
"What Is And What Should Never Be"
"Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)"
Led Zeppelin III Deluxe Edition Bonus Disc:
"The Immigrant Song"
"Since I've Been Loving You"
“That's The Way"
"Jennings Farm Blues"
"Keys to the Highway/Trouble In Mind"