Thursday, March 13, 2014

Led Zeppelin announce reissue of first three albums with bonus material

Led Zeppelin will reissue their first three albums with bonus material on June 2 (June 3 in North America).

Deluxe editions of "Led Zeppelin", "Led Zeppelin II" and "Led Zeppelin III" are the first projects announced as part of an extensive reissue program that will see all nine of the band’s studio albums reissued 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 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:

- Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve.
- Companion audio on CD in card wallet.
- Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing.
- Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
- High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit. (Live tracks are 48kHz/24 bit).
- Hard bound, 70+ page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.
- High quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.
- "Led Zeppelin" will also include a replica of the band's original Atlantic press kit.

The companion audio for "Led Zeppelin" features a previously unreleased performance recorded on October 10, 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 "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".

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".

Deluxe editions of "Led Zeppelin", "Led Zeppelin II" and "Led Zeppelin III" can be pre-ordered via the Amazon links below.

"Led Zeppelin" track listing:

01. Good Times Bad Times
02. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
03. You Shook Me
04. Dazed And Confused
05. Your Time Is Gonna Come
06. Black Mountain Side
07. Communication Breakdown
08. I Can't Quit You Baby
09. How Many More Times

Companion Audio Disc: Live At The Olympia - Paris, France October 10, 1969

01. Good Times Bad Times/Communication Breakdown
02. I Can't Quit You Baby
03. Heartbreaker
04. Dazed And Confused
05. White Summer/Black Mountain Side
06. You Shook Me
07. Moby Dick
08. How Many More Times

"Led Zeppelin II" track listing

01. Whole Lotta Love
02. What Is And What Should Never Be
03. The Lemon Song
04. Thank You
05. Heartbreaker
06. Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman)
07. Ramble On
08. Moby Dick

Companion Audio Disc

01. Whole Lotta Love
02. What Is And What Should Never Be
03. Thank You
04. Heartbreaker
05. Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman)
06. Ramble On
07. Moby Dick
08. La La
09. Bring It On Home

"Led Zeppelin III" track listing

01. Immigrant Song
02. Friends
03. Celebration Day
04. Since I've Been Loving You
05. Out On The Tiles
06. Gallows Pole
07. Tangerine
08. That's The Way
09. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
10. Hats Off To (Roy) Harper

Companion Audio Disc

01. The Immigrant Song
02. Friends
03. Celebration Day
04. Since I've Been Loving You
05. Bathroom Sound
06. Gallows Pole
07. That's The Way
08. Jennings Farm Blues
09. Keys To The Highway/Trouble In Mind

See also:

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Search Led Zeppelin at hennemusic