There has been a lot of talk about the forthcoming Led Zeppelin album reissues throughout the past few months, but very little when it comes to solid details.
Luckily, that changed this week, when guitarist Jimmy Page took to his official website to reveal that three of the box sets will be out this year.
“The first of the Led Zeppelin reissues – comprising of ‘Led Zeppelin I,’ ‘Led Zeppelin II’ and ‘Led Zeppelin III’ – will be released this year,” Page wrote, then adding,“I’ve also been working on some of my own material from the archives that will be unleashed in 2014.”
Back in the fall, Page sat down with Team Rock Radio’s Nicky Horn to reveal some of the exciting elements that will be included in the reissues, such as fully remastered albums, alternate versions of Led Zeppelin classics and previously unreleased material.
“Each of the albums has been remastered but it also has a companion disc with it,” Page revealed to Horn, going on to explain, “Say, for example, there’s ‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’ — there’s an incredible version of that which is totally different, it’s really raw in its approach, it’s quite dramatic, it’s cool,” the guitarist continues. “That’s one little item of it, but what it gives is a companion disc to ‘Led Zeppelin III.’ It’ll come out in its own box and all the rest of it. Each disc will give a really intimate picture of the group. That’s the idea that I’ve had with it and I think it’s successful.”
And while Page wouldn’t delve into what the unreleased material would consist of, rumor has it that frontman Robert Plant stated back in October that a few songs would feature bassist John Paul Jones singing lead.
Meanwhile, Led Zeppelin recently released their catalog to the streaming site Spotify, with albums such as Led Zeppelin,Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin III, Untitled fourth album, House of the Holy, Physical Graffiti, Presence, In Through the Out Door, The Song Remains the Same, Coda,BBC Sessions, How the West was Won, Mothership and Celebration Day now available.
For more on all-things Led Zeppelin, head to the band’s official website, and be sure to leave your thoughts on the forthcoming box set reissues in the comments section below!