After months of promotion and previews, today marks the release of the remastered deluxe versions of Led Zeppelin I, II & III.
Remastered by Jimmy Page, each album is available in six different formats, with each “deluxe” version coming with a companion audio disc of never-before released demos, alternate track takes and live versions of classic songs.
Today’s releases mark just the beginning of the remastering and re-release of Zeppelin’s entire catalog. While the release date for the next round of albums hasn’t been announced yet, we’re sure that when the date comes down, so will teases and previews of unreleased audio.
…Unfortunately, the Zeppelin reissues have been met with some controversy, in the form a lawsuit.
A lawsuit has been filed against the band claiming Zeppelin lifted the riff from “Stairway to Heaven” from the 1968 song “Taurus” by the band Spirit. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the heirs of Randy Craig Wolfe, the guitarist for Spirit, who cite their causes of action being “copyright infringement, right of attribution – falsification of rock n’ roll history.”
Okay, that last little bit was cute, but not as cute as the lawyer for the Wolfe heirs using the “Kashmir” font throughout the lawsuit paperwork, which is likely copyrighted.
With a gaff like that, no wonder Page isn’t worried about this lawsuit.