Thursday, November 14, 2013

Jimmy Page confirms Led Zeppelin reissues will contain unreleased material

Jimmy Page has confirmed that the Led Zeppelin album reissues will be released next year and that they will include unreleased material by the band.

“Each of the albums has been remastered but it also has a companion disc with it,” Page told Team Rock Radio’s Nicky Horne Thursday night at the Classic Rock Awards in London. “Let’s take for example, ‘Led Zeppelin III’ - that’s remastered from analogue from the original thing. I know everybody does that, but what they don’t do.. I revisited all the working mixes that were done at the time.”

“There’s different versions,” continued Page, “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.”

“That’s one little item of it,” he explains, “but what it gives is a companion disc to ‘Led Zeppelin III’. It’ll come out in its own box. 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.”

Page revealed that his work on the audio production of the reissues is complete.

“It’s all done, all the sonic side of it,” he said. “It’ll come out next year – when I say ‘it’ - each box comes out separately.”

The guitarist then dropped a bombshell when asked if the reissues would contain any unreleased material.

“Oh ya,” he says, “I can’t tell you… it’s got to be a little bit of a surprise, I can’t give all the games away.”

Last November, Led Zeppelin manager Peter Mensch confirmed that Page was holed up in a west London studio "remastering every Led Zeppelin LP."

"The catalog was last remastered 20 years ago," Jimmy told Rolling Stone at the time, referring to the 1990 release of the four-CD box set, "Led Zeppelin." "That's a long time. Everything is being transferred from analog to a higher-resolution digital format. That's one of the problems with the Zeppelin stuff. It sounds ridiculous on MP3. You can't hear what's there properly."

Page was on hand at the Classic Rock Awards Thursday to pick up a “Film Of The Year” honor for the band’s “Celebration Day” release.

“I know this comes from the readers, so I’ve got to extend my great thanks,” said Page in his acceptance speech. “It was a great concert and we got the energy into the video – well, the DVD… and the Blu-ray. I’m here on behalf of the band and I thank you on their behalf.”

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