LED ZEPPELIN FIRST THREE ALBUMS REMASTERED WITH UNRELEASED COMPANION AUDIO ON JUNE 3RD

ledzeppelin400 John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant came together in 1968 as Led Zeppelin. Over the next decade, the band 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. Still, no matter how many times you may have listened to their music, you’ve never heard Led Zeppelin like this before.

With the June 3rd release of deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III , the band will launch an extensive reissue program of all nine of its studio albums in chronological order, each remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page. Led Zeppelin will also open its vaults to share dozens of unheard studio and live recordings, with each album featuring a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album.

“The material on the companion discs presents a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin,” says Page. “It is a selection of work in progress with rough mixes, backing tracks, alternate versions, and new material recorded at the time”

Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III will each be available June 3rd from Atlantic/Swan Song in the following formats:

• Single CD – Remastered album packaged in a gatefold card wallet.
• Deluxe Edition (2CD) – Remastered album, plus a second disc of unreleased companion audio.
• Single LP – Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP’s first pressing in exacting detail. (For example, III will feature the original wheel and die cut holes.)
• Deluxe Edition Vinyl – Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
• Digital Download – Remastered album and companion audio will both be available.
• Super Deluxe Boxed Set – This collection includes:
o Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve.
o Companion audio on CD in card wallet.
o Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing.
o Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
o High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit. (Live tracks are 48kHz/24 bit).
o Hard bound, 70+ page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.
o High quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.
o Led Zeppelin will also include a replica of the band’s original Atlantic press kit.

The Led Zeppelin legend began in January of 1969 with the group’s eponymous debut. From the opening salvo of Good Times Bad Times, on through to Babe I’m Gonna Leave You, Communication Breakdown, and Dazed And Confused, the album introduced the band’s unmistakable sound and left an indelible mark on the music landscape. Led Zeppelin has been certified diamond by the RIAA for sales over 10 million and was inducted into the Grammy® Hall of Fame in 2004.

The companion audio for Led Zeppelin features a previously unreleased performance recorded on October 10th, 1969 at the Olympia Theatre in Paris. The nine-song set features seven tracks from the album, including an epic 15-minute version of Dazed And Confused, as well as Heartbreaker and Moby Dick, which would debut on Led Zeppelin II later that month.

The band wrote and recorded nearly all of Led Zeppelin II while touring relentlessly to support its debut album. Incredibly, the album was released just seven months after Led Zeppelin in October of 1969. Led Zeppelin II features some of the band’s most beloved tracks including Ramble On and Heartbreaker as well as Whole Lotta Love, considered by many to be one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll songs of all time. The album is certified diamond by the RIAA with sales of over 12 million copies.

The Led Zeppelin II companion audio gives fans the first peek into the band’s recording sessions, with 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 track La La.

Following the whirlwind success of their first two albums and near constant touring, Page and Plant took to the now famous Bron-Yr-Aur cottage in Wales in 1970 to start the early composition of Led Zeppelin III. They later convened with Bonham and Jones for rehearsals before entering London’s Olympic Studios to begin recording in May 1970. Fueled by classic tracks such as Immigrant Song and Since I’ve Been Loving You” the album soared to the top of charts worldwide upon its release in October of 1970 and has since been certified 6x platinum.

The nine tracks featured on Led Zeppelin III ‘s companion audio continue to offer a window into the band’s recording process with seven studio outtakes of songs from the album as well as three previously unheard compositions: Jennings Farm Blues (an instrumental forerunner of Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp), Bathroom Sound (an instrumental version of Out On The Tiles), and their take on the blues classics Keys To The Highway/Trouble In Mind.

Led Zeppelin continues to be honored for its pivotal role in music history. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and a year later was awarded with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm. Founding members Jones, Page and Plant – along with Jason Bonham, the son of John Bonham – took the stage at London’s O2 Arena in 2007 to headline a tribute concert for Ahmet Ertegun, a dear friend and Atlantic Records’ founder. The band was honored for its lifetime contribution to American culture at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012. In January of 2014, the band won their first ever Grammy award as Celebration Day, which captured their live performance at the Ertegun tribute concert, was named Best Rock Album.

Led Zeppelin Track Listing:

1. Good Times Bad Times
2. Babe I’m Gonna Leave You
3. You Shook Me
4. Dazed And Confused
5. Your Time Is Gonna Come
6. Black Mountain Side
7. Communication Breakdown
8. I Can’t Quit You Baby
9. How Many More Times

Companion Audio Disc Live At The Olympia – Paris, France October 10th, 1969

1. Good Times Bad Times/Communication Breakdown
2. I Can’t Quit You Baby
3. Heartbreaker
4. Dazed And Confused
5. White Summer/Black Mountain Side
6. You Shook Me
7. Moby Dick
8. How Many More Times

Led Zeppelin II Track Listing:

1. Whole Lotta Love
2. What Is And What Should Never Be
3. The Lemon Song
4. Thank You
5. Heartbreaker
6. Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Woman)
7. Ramble On
8. Moby Dick”

Companion Audio Disc:

1. Whole Lotta Love
2. What Is And What Should Never Be
3. Thank You
4. Heartbreaker
5. Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Woman)
6. Ramble On
7. Moby Dick
8. La La

Led Zeppelin III Track Listing:

1. Immigrant Song
2. Friends
3. Celebration Day
4. Since I’ve Been Loving You
5. Out On The Tiles
6. Gallows Pole
7. Tangerine
8. That’s The Way
9. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
10. Hats Off To (Roy) Harper

Companion Audio Disc:

1. The Immigrant Song
2. Friends
3. Celebration Day
4. Since I’ve Been Loving You
5. Bathroom Sound
6. Gallows Pole
7. That’s The Way
8. Jennings Farm Blues
9. Keys To The Highway/Trouble In Mind

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Comments

  1. Jimmy Page would’ve been better off releasing this stuff about 25 years ago. Yeah, and I understand the remastering will be state of the art. But almost any concert that’s ever been bootlegged and plenty of demos/outtakes are available for free on YouTube. I think this is a bit late timing-wise. Better late than never I guess.

  2. Ha! Watch how fast they sell out

  3. How could Zep 3 not include “Hey, Hey, What Can I Do?”

  4. The remastering will sound about the same. Get a first month pressing of the Led Zep II album and you’ll get amazing sound. Yes, the bootleg sourced concerts are in some cases better since the usual suspects “fool around” the sound, punch in, etc.. I was talking to an Atlantic guy last Fall and he told me Jimmy spends enormous time listening to tapes. I don’t think he and Plant get along was the vibe. Better get my Best Buy funds ready for June 3.

    • flashrockinman says:

      It’s amazing how different some vinyl pressings sound. Sometimes like you said, early pressings sound much better. The worst pressings sound like they’re not even from the master, like K-Tel Top 40 compilations that have no highs or lows. Plus, see thru vinyl sounds better than standard vinyl, picture discs sound worse, in my opinion.

  5. I wonder why Bring It On Home is omitted from LZ II?

  6. That’s a typo it’ll be on there

  7. Dale Barak says:

    I’m not sure I understand the purpose of these re-issues. I agree with John G. My LZ cd’s sound great to me. Why would I shell out another $60+ just for a slight increase in fidelity? Plus, leaving “Hey, Hey, What Can I Do?” off is a big mistake.

  8. Teenagers know Led Zeppelin is better than all the crap pout there now, repackage and ready,aim,fire. Rose Bowl 4 nights would be fine too.

    • You ain’t kidding. College students know the deal too. I still see Led Zep, Hendrix, Grateful Dead and Beatles shirts around the school I work at.

  9. Looking forward to alternate take of Friends with the Indian musicians , but it would be even better if Jimmy would do something live one more time. If he’s not into it then I wish him all the best. He’s the reason I picked up a guitar. Saw Zep at MSG in 75 & 77 . Great shows and never heard a more insane crowd.

  10. Tough ticket at MSG in ’77, 35 a ticket outside for the blue section alone. Jimmy not playing live for years is criminal.

  11. So excited for Led Zeppelin……..its about time…..wish I could hav seen a live concert

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