Crashing Zeppelin

The Led Zeppelin Deluxe Editions
A Close Look



Crashing Zeppelin

Introduction

From 3 June 2014 through to 31 July 2015 Led Zeppelin's guitarist and founder Jimmy Page reissued the band's studio catalogue newly remastered and with additional bonus material. As a long-time fan of the band I thought I would take a closer look at the reissues.

The track lists of each album and companion discs (containing live tracks, studio outtakes and alternate mixes) is listed below, along with a commentary on each.

UPDATE: July 2016 – Jimmy Page has announced a Deluxe Edition of BBC Sessions will be released in September 2016, and will include a bonus disc of unreleased material, including the legendary lost track ‘Sunshine Woman’. Newly remastered, it will be titled 'The Complete BBC Sessions'.

Crashing Zeppelin

General Thoughts


The Remastering

All material was remastered at Metropolis Studios by Mastering Engineer John Davis, with Jimmy Page assisting. The remasters were created from 96kHz/24bit digital transfers of the original analogue tapes.

This is the second remaster of the band’s studio material. The first occurred in 1989/1990 and was done by Jimmy Page supervised by George Marino at Sterling Sound. These remasters were issued on Led Zeppelin Box Set (1990) and Led Zeppelin Box Set 2 (1993). Later in 1993 the band’s studio catalogue was reissued using the remasters, and 4 non-album tracks were added to the end of the Coda reissue.

Box Set 1 Box Set 2

Box Set 1 & 2 (1990/1993)

Not much can really be said about the new mastering on the 9 original studio albums, beyond it being flawless. The 96khz digital files I used for reference are incredibly warm, and putting aside limitations of the original production (such as mic bleed and quality loss from folding tracks) the sound quality is like being in the room. After repeated listens I couldn’t find anything I can make negative comment on. The attention to detail is amazing, and explains the 2 year period the project took to complete.


The Companion Discs

In compiling the companion discs Page had a vision of a ‘work in progress’ for each album. He wanted songs from the period that showed various stages of the album in production. He also stated that he was very keen to present alternative versions and new tracks that not even the most comprehensive collectors would have heard before. This approach couldn’t be followed to the word (luckily), as many of the best outtakes (such as ‘Jennings Farm Blues’ on LZIII) have circulated in multiple takes amongst collectors for years. For the most part though, the alternate mixes were new to the ears of most - with many confirmed to have never circulated before. In fact, a couple of the unreleased tracks have never even been known to exist prior to these Deluxe Editions.


The Packaging

 


Crashing Zeppelin

Album By Album


Led Zeppelin

Deluxe Edition Released:

  • 3 June 2014 (Atlantic Records / 8122796449)

Deluxe Edition Total Length:

  • 1:56:22

The Original Album Remastered

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Original Album Release Information:

  • Released: U.S. 12 January 1969 / U.K. 31 March 1969
  • Label: Atlantic Records (U.S. SD 8216 / U.K. 588 171)
  • Producer: Jimmy Page
  • Executive Producer: Peter Grant
  • Engineer: Glyn Johns
  • Recorded & Mixed at Olympic Studios, London, in September-October 1968.

Original Album Remastered Tracks:

  1. Good Times Bad Times (2:46)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones)

  2. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (6:42)
    (Anne Bredon, Traditional arrangement Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  3. You Shook Me (6:28)
    (J. B. Lenoir / Willie Dixon)
  4. Dazed And Confused (6:28)
    (Jimmy Page, inspired by Jake Holmes)
  5. Your Time Is Gonna Come (4:34)
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones)
  6. Black Mountain Side (2:12)
    (Jimmy Page)
  7. Communication Breakdown (2:30)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones)
  8. I Can't Quit You Baby (4:42)
    (Willie Dixon)
  9. How Many More Times (8:27)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones)

Original Album Remastered Length:

  • 44:55

Original Album Personnel:

  • Robert Plant - Vocals / Harmonica
  • Jimmy Page - Acoustic, Electric and Pedal Steel Guitars / Backing Vocals / Production
  • John Paul Jones - Bass Guitar / Hammond Organ / Backing Vocals
  • John Bonham - Drums / Timpani / Backing Vocals

Original Album Additional Personnel:

  • George Hardie - Cover Design
  • Chris Dreja - Back Cover Photography

Album Notes:

  • After a brief September 1968 Scandinavian toured (billed as The New Yardbirds) all material for the album was well rehearsed and arranged prior to recording. The album only took around 36 hours of studio time (over a few weeks) to record and mix.
  • The album was one of the first albums to be released in stereo only. At the time, the practice of releasing both mono and stereo versions was the still the norm.

Track Notes:

  • Good Times Bad Times -
  • Babe I'm Gonna Leave You - Originally recorded by Anne Bredon
  • You Shook Me - Muddy Waters originally record the song in
  • Dazed And Confused - The track closed side A of the original vinyl version of the album.
  • Your Time Is Gonna Come - The track opened side B of the original vinyl version of the album.
  • Black Mountain Side - The tabla drums were played by Kenyan-born Indian sitar and tabla musician Viram Jasani.
  • Communication Breakdown -
  • I Can't Quit You Baby - Another cover, this time of Otis Rush
  • How Many More Times -

The Companion Disc

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Companion Disc Tracks:

  1. Good Times Bad Times / Communication Breakdown [Live] (4:05 digital / 3:52 CD)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones)

  2. I Can't Quit You Baby [Live] (6:41)
    (Willie Dixon)

  3. Heartbreaker [Live] (3:50)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  4. Dazed And Confused [Live] (15:01)
    (Jimmy Page, inspired by Jake Holmes)
  5. White Summer / Black Mountain Side [Live] (9:19)
    (Jimmy Page)
  6. You Shook Me [Live] (11:56)
    (J. B. Lenoir / Willie Dixon)

  7. Moby Dick [Live] (9:21)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones)
  8. How Many More Times [Live] (11:12)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones)

Companion Disc Length:

  • 1:11:27

Companion Disc Notes:

  • The track Good Times Bad Times / Communication Breakdown [Live At The Olympia, Paris, 1969] was released on 15 April 2014 to promote the reissue.
  • The first album’s companion disc is different to all the others in the reissue series in that it includes a full concert performance, rather than studio outtakes.
  • The show was recorded just 12 days prior to Led Zeppelin II being released.
  • Apart from the BBC studio recorded 'live' tracks on the BBC Sessions album this is the earliest officially released example of Led Zeppelin live.
  • The recording was made by French radio station Europe 1, and was broadcast on Musicorama on 2 November 1969.
  • The show has circulated on bootleg for many years, but this is the first time the complete show has been heard by the public. The bootleg was sourced from the edited version prepared for radio broadcast.
  • Collectors have noted a few slight edits have been made to fit the concert on a single CD.
  • Track 1 was 4:05 on the high-resolution and iTunes downloads and included applause at the end of the track upon initial release. The current version is 3:52, segueing directly to track 2. It is unclear whether the shorter version corrects a mistake and/or is a time-saving measure.

Companion Disc Track Notes:

  • All tracks recorded live 10 October 1969, at The Olympia, Paris, France.
  • Good Times Bad Times is only the intro riff before turning into Communication Breakdown.
  • Dazed And Confused features the extended violin bow solo sequence that would make the song famous.
  • White Summer was an extended instrumental piece played by Page as far back as his time in The Yardbirds. It was often joined to Black Mountain Side at early shows.

My Thoughts:

  • Although I have heard better concerts than this one (and in better quality), this wasn’t a bad choice to show a fairly typical Led Zeppelin mid-1969 concert. Although this has circulated for years, it is nice to see it get an official release, and in better quality than most boots I have heard. It is a great performance, and no fan will be unhappy hearing such a great concert for years to come. Given the choice though, I would have preferred to see a Led Zeppelin I era concert, as this one is closer to Led Zeppelin II - and the band had changed substantially in style by this point. Maybe something from the January 69 show at The Fillmore West or the March 69 show in Stockholm, Sweden. These recordings exist, and although the sound quality isn’t particularly good on the circulating versions I would still have preferred them as better representation of the time period. I would have even been happy with a compilation of songs from a few shows, especially considering how many great covers they used to include in their early sets. This concert would have served better as a Disc 3 to the led Zeppelin II Deluxe Edition.
  • Not having the handful of known outtakes from this album on the companion disc, leaves it feeling a little incomplete – and it is a shame, as the outtakes are some of the best of their career. They appear on the Coda companion discs instead.

Led Zeppelin II

Deluxe Edition Released:

  • 3 June 2014 (Atlantic Records / 8122796453)

Deluxe Edition Total Length:

  • 1:14:18

The Original Album Remastered

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Original Album Release Information:

  • Released: 22 October 1969
  • Label: Atlantic Records (U.S. SD 8236 / U.K. 588 198)
  • Producer: Jimmy Page
  • Executive Producer: Peter Grant
  • Engineer: Eddie Kramer (Olympic Studios) / Chris Huston (Mirror Sound Studios) / Andy Johns (Morgan Studios)
  • Recorded between 14 April and 25 June 1969, at Olympic Studios, London, Morgan Studios, Willesden, A&R Studios, New York, and Groove Sound Studio, New York, and Mirror Sound Studios, Los Angeles.
  • Mixed at A&R Studios, New York, with Eddie Kramer.

Original Album Remastered Tracks:

  1. Whole Lotta Love (5:34)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant / Willie Dixon)
  2. What Is And What Should Never Be (4:46)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  3. The Lemon Song (6:19)
    (Chester Burnett / Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  4. Thank You (4:49)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  5. Heartbreaker (4:14)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  6. Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman) (2:39)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  7. Ramble On (4:34)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  8. Moby Dick (4:20)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones)
  9. Bring It On Home (4:19)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant / Willie Dixon)

Original Album Remastered Length:

  • 41:37

Original Album Personnel:

  • Robert Plant - Vocals / Harmonica
  • Jimmy Page – Acoustic and Electric Guitars / Theremin / Backing Vocals / Production
  • John Paul Jones - Bass Guitar / Organ
  • John Bonham - Drums

Original Album Additional Personnel:

Album Notes:

Track Notes:


The Companion Disc

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Companion Disc Tracks:

  1. Whole Lotta Love [Rough Mix With Vocal] (5:38)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant / Willie Dixon)
  2. What Is And What Should Never Be [Rough Mix With Vocal] (4:33)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  3. Thank You [Backing Track] (4:21)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  4. Heartbreaker [Rough Mix With Vocal] (4:24)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  5. Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman) [Backing Track] (3:08)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  6. Ramble On [Rough Mix With Vocal] (4:43)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  7. Moby Dick [Backing Track] (1:37)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones)
  8. La La [Intro / Outro Rough Mix] (4:07)
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones)

Companion Disc Length:

  • 32:41

Companion Disc Notes:

  • The track Whole Lotta Love (Rough Mix with Vocal] was released on 5 May 2014 to promote the reissue.

Companion Disc Track Notes:


My Thoughts:

  • There are some really nice alternate mixes here that live up to the ‘rough’ in the titles. They feel very work-in-progress, like the band has mixed the tracks then listened for what else is needed to finish them. Heartbreaker with a different (and not as good) solo is a great listen, although the Living Loving Maid backing track serves no real purpose. The mix of Ramble On is a great listen, being at a point before it was covered with guitar and vocal overdubs. The Moby Dick backing track finally answers the question once and for all on how the track was recorded – with or without the drum solo.
  • The instrumental tune La La is probably the most important track here, and not just because it was previously unreleased (or even known, at least to my ears) - The track is like nothing else anywhere in the Led Zeppelin catalogue, and even if it had been finished I’m not really sure how it would have worked on the album? Perhaps that is why it was abandoned? Whatever the reason, it’s a great listen.
  • As mentioned in the notes for the first album, the companion disc included there would have been better placed as a third disk with this reissue, due to the recording date.

Led Zeppelin III

Deluxe Edition Released:

  • 3 June 2014 (Atlantic Records / 8122796449)

Deluxe Edition Total Length:

  • 1:29:39

The Original Album Remastered

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Original Album Release Information:

  • Released: 5 October 1970
  • Label: Atlantic Records (U.S. SD 7201 / U.K. 2401 002)
  • Producer: Jimmy Page
  • Executive Producer: Peter Grant
  • Engineer: Andy Johns
  • Recorded & Mixed at 13 December 1969 and 29 May - 13 December 1970, Olympic Studios and Island Studios, London, with Eddie Kramer.

Original Album Remastered Tracks:

  1. Immigrant Song (2:26)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  2. Friends (3:55)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  3. Celebration Day (3:29)
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  4. Since I've Been Loving You (7:25)
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  5. Out On The Tiles (4:04)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / Robert Plant)
  6. Gallows Pole (4:58)
    (Traditional, arrangement Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  7. Tangerine (3:12)
    (Jimmy Page)
  8. That's The Way (5:38)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  9. Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp (4:20)
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  10. Hats Off To (Roy) Harper (3:41)
    (Traditional, arrangement Charles Obscure)

Original Album Remastered Length:

  • 43:07

Original Album Personnel:

  • Robert Plant - Vocals / Harmonica
  • Jimmy Page - Acoustic, Electric and Pedal Steel Guitars / Bass Guitar / Banjo / Dulcimer / Backing Vocals / Production
  • John Paul Jones - Bass Guitar / Double Bass / Hammond Organ / Moog Synthesizer / String Arrangements / Backing Vocals
  • John Bonham - Drums / Percussion / Backing Vocals

Original Album Additional Personnel:

Album Notes:

Track Notes:


The Companion Disc

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Companion Disc Tracks:

  1. The Immigrant Song [Alternate Mix] (2:25)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  2. Friends [Track, No Vocal] (3:43)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  3. Celebration Day [Alternate Mix] (3:18)
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  4. Since I've Been Loving You [Rough Mix Of First Recording] (7:16)
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  5. Bathroom Sound [Track, No Vocal] (4:00)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / Robert Plant)
  6. Gallows Pole [Rough Mix] (5:17)
    (Traditional, arrangement Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  7. That's The Way [Rough Mix With Dulcimer & Backwards Echo] (5:22)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  8. Jennings Farm Blues [Rough Mix of All Guitar Overdubs That Day] (5:54)
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  9. Key To The Highway / Trouble In Mind [Rough Mix] (4:05)
    (Big Bill Broonzy / Charlie Segar / Richard M. Jones)

Companion Disc Length:

  • 41:32

Companion Disc Notes:

  • The track ‘The Immigrant Song (Alternative Mix)’ was released on 22 May 2014 to promote the reissue.

Companion Disc Track Notes:


My Thoughts:

  • Of the 8 original albums, the companion disc here is probably my favourite. The alternate mixes included are generally a nice view of the inner workings of their creative process.
  • The rough mix of Since I’ve Been Loving You is great, and the vocals in some places are more raw and emotional than on the album version, and the overall sound quality on tracks like That’s The Way are incredibly clear – probably due to the recording not being bounced over and over as overdubs are added.
  • Of the 2 new tracks included I dare say Jennings Farm Blues is the more important of the two, but it is well known to collectors, with tapes of the entire recording session circulated previously. It’s a brilliant alternative to Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, and I think I actually prefer it. I would love to have heard it finished with vocals. Key To The Highway / Trouble In Mind isn’t ground-breaking, but it is a nice closer, and I think would have been a far better choice to close the original album that Hats Off To (Roy) Harper (the song that seems to be the least appreciated of their entire discography).
  • Why Hey, Hey, What Can I Do is not included here puzzles me? As a b-side of the Immigrant Song single it is forever connected to the album, even if people weren’t aware of when it was recorded – so why not put it here amongst the other songs of the period. It left the companion disc feeling incomplete without it.
  • The still unreleased (except for on the Led Zeppelin DVD from 2003) 1970 Royal Albert hall concert would have worked wonderfully here as a 3th (and possibly 4th) disc. I really hope sometime in the future we see this concert properly released, as it is one of their best.

Led Zeppelin (IV)

Deluxe Edition Released:

  • 27 October 2014 (Atlantic Records / )

Deluxe Edition Total Length:

  • 1:23:09

The Original Album Remastered

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Original Album Release Information:

  • Released: 8 November 1971
  • Label: Atlantic Records ()
  • Producer: Jimmy Page
  • Executive Producer: Peter Grant
  • Engineer: Andy Johns
  • ecorded at Island Studios, London, England and Headley Grange, East Hampshire, England between November 1970 and May 1971.
  • Mixed at Island Studios, London, England and Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, California.

Original Album Remastered Tracks:

  1. Black Dog (4:55)
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  2. Rock And Roll (3:40)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  3. The Battle Of Evermore (5:51)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  4. Stairway To Heaven (8:02)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  5. Misty Mountain Hop (4:38)
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  6. Four Sticks (4:45)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  7. Going To California (3:32)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  8. When The Levee Breaks (7:08)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones / Memphis Minnie / Robert Plant)

Original Album Remastered Length:

  • 42:34

Original Album Personnel:

  • Robert Plant - Vocals / Harmonica / Tambourine
  • Jimmy Page – Acoustic and Electric Guitars / Mandolin / Production
  • John Paul Jones - Bass Guitar / Electric Piano / Hammond Organ / Mellotron / Mandolin / Acoustic Guitar / EMS VCS 3
  • John Bonham – Drums

Original Album Additional Personnel:

  • Ian Stewart - Piano (Rock And Roll)
  • Sandy Denny - Vocals on (The Battle Of Evermore)

Album Notes:

  • Two U.S. singles were released from the album ‘Black Dog’/ ‘Misty Mountain Hop’ on 2 December 1971, and ‘Rock And Roll’ / ‘Four Sticks’ on 21 February 1972.

Track Notes:


The Companion Disc

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Companion Disc Tracks:

  1. Black Dog [Basic Track with Guitar Overdubs] (4:34)
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  2. Rock And Roll [Alternate Mix] (3:39)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  3. The Battle Of Evermore [Mandolin / Guitar Mix From Headley Grange] (4:13)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  4. Stairway To Heaven [Sunset Sound Mix] (8:03)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  5. Misty Mountain Hop [Alternate Mix] (4:45
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  6. Four Sticks [Alternate Mix] (4:33)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  7. Going To California [Mandolin / Guitar Mix] (3:34)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  8. When The Levee Breaks [Alternate U.K. Mix] (7:08)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones / Memphis Minnie / Robert Plant)

Companion Disc Length:

  • 40:32

Companion Disc Notes:

Companion Disc Track Notes:


My Thoughts:

  • The Boogie With Stu mix that was included as a bonus track on the Physical Graffiti companion disc should have been included here, as it was part of these sessions – and Page did claim this was about showing an album in a working version.

Houses Of The Holy

Deluxe Edition Released:

  • 27 October 2014 (Atlantic Records / )

Deluxe Edition Total Length:

  • 1:17:06

The Original Album Remastered

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Original Album Release Information:

  • Released: 18 March 1973
  • Label: Atlantic Records ()
  • Producer: Jimmy Page
  • Executive Producer: Peter Grant
  • Engineer:
  • Recorded

Original Album Remastered Tracks:

  1. The Song Remains The Same (5:29)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  2. The Rain Song (7:39)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  3. Over The Hills And Far Away (4:50)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  4. The Crunge (3:17)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  5. Dancing Days (3:43)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  6. D'yer Mak'er (4:22)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  7. No Quarter (7:02)
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  8. The Ocean (4:31)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)

Original Album Remastered Length:

  • 40:57

Original Album Personnel:

Original Album Additional Personnel:

Album Notes:

Track Notes:


The Companion Disc

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Companion Disc Tracks:

  1. The Song Remains The Same [Guitar Overdub Reference Mix] (5:29)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  2. The Rain Song [Mix Minus Piano] (7:45)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  3. Over The Hills And Far Away [Guitar Mix Backing Track] (4:22)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  4. The Crunge [Rough Mix, Keys Up] (3:16)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  5. Dancing Days [Rough Mix With Vocal] (3:46)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  6. No Quarter [Rough Mix with JPJ Keyboard Overdubs, No Vocal] (7:03)
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  7. The Ocean [Working Mix] (4:26)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)

Companion Disc Length:

  • 36:09

Companion Disc Notes:

Companion Disc Track Notes:


My Thoughts:


Physical Graffiti

Deluxe Edition Released:

  • 23 February 2015 (Swan Song / )

Deluxe Edition Total Length:

  • 2:04:24

The Original Album Remastered

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Original Album Release Information:

  • Released: 25 February 1975
  • Label: Swan Song()
  • Producer: Jimmy Page
  • Executive Producer: Peter Grant
  • Engineer:
  • Recorded

Original Album Remastered Tracks:

Disc 1

  1. Custard Pie (4:13)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  2. The Rover (5:37)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  3. In My Time Of Dying (11:04)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  4. Houses Of The Holy (4:02)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  5. Trampled Under Foot (5:37)
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  6. Kashmir (8:32)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / Robert Plant)

Disc 2

  1. In The Light (8:46)
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  2. Bron-Yr-Aur (2:06)
    (Jimmy Page)
  3. Down By The Seaside (5:13)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  4. Ten Years Gone (6:32)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  5. Night Flight (3:36)
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  6. The Wanton Song (4:10)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  7. Boogie With Stu (3:53)
    (Jimmy Page / Ian Stewart / John Bonham / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  8. Black Country Woman (4:24)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  9. Sick Again (4:42)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)

Original Album Remastered Length:

  • 1:22:55 (Disc 1 39:22 / Disc 2 43:33)

Original Album Personnel:

Original Album Additional Personnel:

Album Notes:

Track Notes:


The Companion Disc

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Companion Disc Tracks:

  1. Brandy & Coke [Initial / Rough Mix] (5:38)
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  2. Sick Again [Early Version] (2:22)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  3. In My Time Of Dying [Initial / Rough Mix] (10:48)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  4. Houses Of The Holy [Rough Mix With Overdubs] (3:51)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  5. Everybody Makes It Through [Early Version / In Transit] (6:29)
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  6. Boogie With Stu [Sunset Sound Mix] (3:39)
    (Jimmy Page / Ian Stewart / John Bonham / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  7. Driving Through Kashmir [Rough Orchestra Mix] (8:39)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / Robert Plant)

Companion Disc Length:

  • 41:29

Companion Disc Notes:

Companion Disc Track Notes:


My Thoughts:


Presence

Deluxe Edition Released:

  • 31 July 2015 (Swan Song / )

Deluxe Edition Total Length:

  • 1:16:19

The Original Album Remastered

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Original Album Release Information:

  • Released: 31 March 1976
  • Label: Swan Song ()
  • Producer: Jimmy Page
  • Executive Producer: Peter Grant
  • Engineer:
  • Recorded

Original Album Remastered Tracks:

  1. Achilles Last Stand (10:30)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  2. For Your Life (6:25)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  3. Royal Orleans (2:59)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  4. Nobody's Fault But Mine (6:27)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  5. Candy Store Rock (4:11)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  6. Hots On For Nowhere (4:44)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  7. Tea For One (9:25)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)

Original Album Remastered Length:

  • 44:45

Original Album Personnel:

Original Album Additional Personnel:

  • Hipgnosis - Sleeve Design

Album Notes:

Track Notes:


The Companion Disc

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Companion Disc Tracks:

  1. Two Ones Are Won [Reference Mix] (10:28)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  2. For Your Life [Reference Mix] (6:28)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  3. 10 Ribs & All / Carrot Pod Pod (Pod) [Reference Mix] (6:49)
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones
  4. Royal Orleans [Reference Mix] (3:00)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  5. Hots On For Nowhere [Reference Mix] (4:44)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)

Companion Disc Length:

  • 31:34

Companion Disc Notes:

Companion Disc Track Notes:


My Thoughts:


In Through The Out Door

Deluxe Edition Released:

  • 1 July 2015 (Swan Song / )

Deluxe Edition Total Length:

  • 1:25:27

The Original Album Remastered

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Original Album Release Information:

  • Released: 15 August 1979
  • Label: Swan Song ()
  • Producer: Jimmy Page
  • Executive Producer: Peter Grant
  • Engineer: Leif Mases / Assistant Engineer: Lennart Östund
  • Recorded & Mixed at Polar Studios, Stockholm, Sweden.

Original Album Remastered Tracks:

  1. In The Evening (6:53)
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  2. South Band Saurez (4:13)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  3. Fool In The Rain (6:10)
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  4. Hot Dog (3:18)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  5. Carouselambra (10:34)
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  6. All My Love (5:53)
    (John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  7. I'm Gonna Crawl (5:29)
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)

Original Album Remastered Length:

  • 42:35

Original Album Personnel:

  • Robert Plant - Vocals
  • Jimmy Page – Acoustic and Electric Guitars / Gizmotron / Production
  • John Paul Jones - Bass Guitar / Mandolin / Keyboards / Synthesizer / Piano
  • John Bonham - Drums

Original Album Additional Personnel:

Album Notes:

Track Notes:


The Companion Disc

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Companion Disc Tracks:

  1. In The Evening [Rough Mix] (6:58)
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  2. South Band Piano [Rough Mix] (4:12)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  3. Fool In The Rain [Rough Mix] (6:10)
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  4. Hot Dog [Rough Mix] (3:14)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  5. The Epic [Rough Mix] (10:46)
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  6. The Hook [Rough Mix] (5:52)
    (John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  7. Blot [Rough Mix] (5:30)
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)

Companion Disc Length:

  • 42:52

Companion Disc Notes:

Companion Disc Track Notes:


My Thoughts:

  • It is probably quite fitting that what I believe to be the weakest album of the Led zeppelin catalogue also has the weakest of the companion discs to go with it. I can’t really say this one is a wasted opportunity, because there doesn’t appear to have been much that could have been added anyway. Most of the alternate versions included are so close the originals it takes a very close listen to notice much difference. Having said that though, I actually prefer the vocals on the rough mix of In The Evening better than the original, and The Epic is possibly a better mix than the original as all instruments sound a bit more balanced.
  • The Hook and Blot are both in mono, and actually sound identical to the released versions, so I didn’t really see the point in including them. Much like the original album, it is a shame to end the Companion Disc legacy on the original studio albums with such lacklustre material.

Coda

Deluxe Edition Released:

  • 31 July 2015 (Swan Song / )

Deluxe Edition Total Length:

  • 1:37:11

The Original Album Remastered

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Original Album Release Information:

  • Released: 19 November 1982
  • Label: Swan Song ()
  • Producer: Jimmy Page
  • Executive Producer: Peter Grant
  • Engineer:
  • Recorded

Original Album Remastered Tracks:

  1. We're Gonna Groove (2:37)
    (Ben E. King / James A. Bethea)
  2. Poor Tom (3:02)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  3. I Can't Quit You Baby (4:18)
    (Willie Dixon)
  4. Walter's Walk (4:31)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  5. Ozone Baby (3:36)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  6. Darlene (5:06)
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)
  7. Bonzo's Montreux (4:22)
    (John Bonham)
  8. Wearing And Tearing (5:27)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)

Original Album Remastered Length:

  • 33:03

Original Album Personnel:

Original Album Additional Personnel:

Album Notes:

Track Notes:


The Companion Discs

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Companion Disc Tracks:

Disc 1

  1. We're Gonna Groove [Alternate Mix] (2:40)
    (Ben E. King / James A. Bethea)
  2. If It Keeps On Raining [Rough Mix] (4:11)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones / Memphis Minnie / Robert Plant)
  3. Bonzo's Montreux [Mix Construction In Progress] (4:57)
    (John Bonham)
  4. Baby Come On Home (4:30)
    (Burt Burns / Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  5. Sugar Mama [Mix](2:50)
    (Tampa Red)
  6. Poor Tom [Instrumental Mix] (2:16)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  7. Travelling Riverside Blues [BBC Session] (5:08)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Johnson / Robert Plant)
  8. Hey, Hey, What Can I Do (3:52)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)

Disc 2

  1. Four Hands [Bombay Orchestra] (4:43)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  2. Friends [Bombay Orchestra](4:25)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  3. St. Tristan's Sword [Rough Mix] (5:40)
    (Jimmy Page)
  4. Desire [Rough Mix] (4:08)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  5. Bring It On Home [Rough Mix] (2:32)
    (Jimmy Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant / Willie Dixon)
  6. Walter's Walk [Rough Mix] (3:18)
    (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant)
  7. Everybody Makes It Through [Rough Mix] (8:31)
    (Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones / Robert Plant)

Companion Disc Length:

  • 1:04:08 (Disc 1 30:38 / Disc 2 33:30)

Companion Disc Notes:

  • The CD edition of the album incorrectly lists the running time of ‘Bring It On Home’ as 4:19, which is the exact time listed for the original version on Led Zeppelin II.

Companion Disc Track Notes:

  • Sugar Mama – This is listed as a Page / Plant composition on the album sleeve, but it is actually a cover of the Sonny Boy Williamson song, which itself was a reworking of the original by Tampa Red.

My Thoughts:

  • In a perfect world that I control, Coda would not have been reissued, and the original 8 tracks would have been spread across the companion discs of the appropriate albums. Even prior to these reissues it always felt like a bunch of outtakes bunched together randomly, and the new tracks amplify that. The alternative of course it to rework the album into a triple disc of ALL companion disc tracks and leave the reissues as only the original albums. That is probably what I would do if I ever make a deluxe edition compilation for someone.
  • Considering the bonus tracks were spread across two companion discs, I did expect a bit more here of interest. Firstly, a handful of the tracks (We’re Gonna Groove, If It Keeps On Raining, Bonzo’s Montreux, Bring It On Home) are so similar to the originals they don’t ask for much more than a single listen. Secondly, the total playing time of both discs shows all tracks could easily fit onto a single disc. The fact that it is split across 2 amplifies how underwhelming the new content is.
  • With the comments made above I’m certainly not saying that the bonus tracks here are of poor quality – in fact some of the best of the reissues are found here. The tracks we have previously (Baby Come On Home, Hey, Hey, What Can I Do, and Travelling Riverside Blues) are all top shelf material, with the later 2 being amongst my favourite the band ever produced. Unfortunately the excellent live version of White Summer recorded in June 1969 for the BBC that has been on most recent reissues was omitted - An absolute shame I think.
  • The long lost Sugar Mama from the first album sessions is fantastic, and it amazing me it has taken this long to surface.

Mothership

Deluxe Edition Released:

  • 6 November 2015 (Atlantic / 081227950934)

Deluxe Edition Total Length:


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Original Album Release Information:

  • Released: 12 November 2007 (CD) / 28 August 2008 (Vinyl)
  • Label: Atlantic Records (8122-79961-5)
  • Producer: Jimmy Page
  • Executive Producer: Peter Grant

Tracks:

Disc 1

Disc 2

Total Length:

Deluxe Edition Album Notes:

  • No reissue / remastering campaign is complete without the addition of a compilation album of the band’s best tracks.
  • Mothership was originally released on 12 November 2007 as either a 2xCD or 2xCD+DVD set (with footage from Led Zeppelin DVD included as a bonus). It was later reissued on 26 August 2008 on 4x Vinyl LPs. It contained an excellent cross section of tracks from the band’s studio albums, using the 1990 catalogue remasters as the track sources.
  • This reissue uses the new 2014 remasters.

My Thoughts:

  • When this was released it felt somewhat unnecessary to me, as the previously released ‘Remasters’ compilation from 1990 had an almost identical track list. Of the two this album has endured the test of time it would seem, and now appears to be the one chosen as the official compilation representing their catalogue.
  • There are no extras or bonus tracks added to this compilation, and I think I possibly prefer that anyway - but it may have been nice if it was reissued in a ‘super deluxe’ type box with both CDs and LPs similar to the other albums in the reissue campaign. Possibly a DVD/Bu-ray may have been a welcome addition? Even the original 2007 edition had a video highlights DVD included with first pressings.

BBC Sessions

Deluxe Edition Released:

  • 16 September 2016 (Atlantic / 8122794388)

Deluxe Edition Total Length:


 

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Original Album Release Information:

  • Released: 11 November 1997
  • Label: Atlantic Records ()
  • Producer: Jimmy Page
  • Executive Producer:
  • Engineer:
  • Recorded

Tracks:

Disc 1

Disc 2

Total Length:

Release Notes:


My Thoughts:


Crashing Zeppelin

What Is Missing?


After the death of John Bonham a deep depression fell upon Jimmy Page. Many authors suggest that for a period Page (who curated the band's archives and tape library) was known to give away items, including reels of tape, to passing fans that showed interest. This seems to have been due to his mental state, and also his apparent substance addiction at the time. Although Page has never officially acknowledged this, is does possibly explain why there are so many soundboard recordings of live shows circulating.

If this is true it has been both a blessing and a curse for fans (and no doubt for Page himself). It is great in that we have had a huge number of Zeppelin bootlegs of both live shows and studio outtakes on the market to choose from, many of which would likely have never been heard if left to Page himself to issue. On the downside the release of most of this material (especially in the early days of vinyl bootlegging) was issued in average to poor quality, with very little (or wrong) information surrounding the releases. Had Page released the material himself he would have shown it the care and attention it deserved. We are also left with some extensive studio outtake packages that are often disputed as even being genuine.

In considering and compiling the lists below, I do wonder if some of the source material masters are no longer available in the Page archives, considering that some of the recent studio outtake bootleg CDs circulating are generally in reasonably high quality?

Missing Studio Recordings

  • Headley Grange Rehearsals 1970 – Recorded during the writing of Led Zeppelin III, these acoustic demos show songs like ‘That’s The Way’, ‘Hey, Hey, What Can I Do’ and ‘Bron-Yr-Aur’ in various states of discovery. The quality isn’t perfect (the original tapes may prove to be an upgrade), but the work-in-progress feel of these tracks makes for a fun listen.
  • Feel So Bad - Although various dates and locations have been given, my guess (based on the style and sound) is that this was recorded during the same LZIII session that produced ‘Hats Off To (Roy) Harper’ and ‘Key To The Highway / Trouble In Mind’. It is very similar in style and tone to the other two, and the vocals use the same warbling Leslie speaker effect. It’s another great acoustic blues romp, but shows off some really nice Page guitar work. It also borrows a few lyrics from Bukka White’s ‘Fixin To Die’. It ends with a brilliant (seemingly impromptu) performance of Elvis Presley’s ‘That’s All Right, Mama’.
  • Headley Grange Rehearsals 1971 – These rehearsals (from the band’s second visit to their favourite Victoria country house) are a treasure trove of great unreleased material. Although some are fully formed electric run throughs of the songs (such as the speedy version of ‘No Quarter’ prior to all lyrics being in place), there are some amazing early acoustic versions of tracks like ‘Black Dog’ and ‘Stairway To Heaven’, and other untitled instrumentals. This is surely a better insight into the making of an album that a different mix of a song?
  • The Chicago Auditorium Rehearsals 1973 – Presumably recorded during a sound-check the band tries out a few lesser known songs for the live setting (such as ‘The Wanton Song’, ‘The Rover’ and ‘Night Flight’). The rehearsals are disjointed (but very interesting), but what makes this recording important is the band then moving into an impromptu performance of their favourite rock & roll tunes from the 50s and early 60s. Tracks like Chuck Berry’s ‘School Days’ and Cliff Richard’s ‘Move It’ (usually mislabelled as ‘C’mon Pretty Baby’) are a band having fun – and a side of Zeppelin that is only glimpsed on this one occasion. There are 14 songs (11 covers) on the circulating tape.
  • Take Me Home – Only relatively low quality rehearsal recordings exist of this song recorded during the first days of making Physical Graffiti. On close inspection, it is possibly an early run-through of what later became ‘The Wanton Song’, but it only bears very slight resemblance.
  • Swan Song – Possibly the most legendary of all Zeppelin outtakes, and for very good reason. Recorded during the Physical Graffiti sessions, this shows the making of a new ‘Stairway To Heaven’ style masterpiece, multi-layer and complex. The 2 circulating takes show 2 very different sides to the song, one being a short run-through and the other being a more fully formed song. Unfortunately neither have lyrics to give any indication of where the song would go. To me, and many other fans, this is the great lost Zeppelin masterpiece. It possibly wasn’t released on the remasters due to Page later reviving it in very different form as ‘Midnight Moonlight’ on an album by his post-Zep band The Firm.
  • Fire – Recorded during a May 1978 rehearsal this track seems to have lived a short life, not being heard of again after these tapes. It is possible of course that the band recorded studio versions during the recording of In Through The Out Door, but doubtful.

Also, it is worth mentioning that there is still one officially released ‘studio’ track missing from Deluxe Editions – the ‘Moby Dick / Bonzo’s Montreux’ remix / mashup made by Page during the first remastering of Led Zeppelin’s catalogue in 1990. Page made it clear the track was an ‘experiment’ as such, and whilst it is a great mix, most fans don’t class it as an official Zeppelin track – so it is probably likely to fade into obscurity from here on.

There has been rumblings on the internet of the exclusion of the track ‘Lucifer Rising’, written toward the end of 1973. The track was written and recorded by Page alone as part of a suite of music for the Kenneth Anger film of the same name, and as such it was never associated with the rest of the band. I personally would have questioned the inclusion of it – although it would be nice to see a remastered 96khz release eventually.


Missing Live Recordings

Jimmy Page is, and always has been, a perfectionist. Many of Zeppelin’s best live performances are of a quality that would leave a casual listener cold, which is probably why they weren’t considered for the project - which is a real shame because as you will see from the list below some absolute gems have been missed in this opportunity. I don’t see the companion discs as an item designed for casual fans anyway, but for the die-hards that are always thirsty for more - so lower than perfect sound quality should not have been important.

  • As Long As I have You [9 January 1969, at The Fillmore West, San Francisco] - A couple of versions of this Elvis Presley cover are floating around, but this one seems the best (in both quality and performance). The 17 minute track is important as it shows a band learning its stage craft on one of the earliest known live recordings of the band, recorded during their first U.S. tour. The 24 April 1969 version from the same venue, and the band’s second U.S. tour, is also very worthy of inclusion, although the vocals suffer from poor mixing.
  • I Gotta Move [14 March 1969, at the Konserthuset, Stockholm] - A cover of the Otis Rush song, this track (recorded in pretty good sound quality on the band’s second tour of Scandinavia) shows the genesis of tracks like ‘Bring It on Home’ and ‘The Lemon Song’, tracks no doubt being written around this time period.
  • White Summer / Black Mountain Side [27 June 1969, at The Playhouse Theatre, London] - I suspect this was left off due to another version already being included on the companion disc of LZ. I think this is worst decision made in relation to the bonus tracks. Why? Not only is it a far superior version in both sound quality and performance to the one included, but it was already previously officially released on the Led Zeppelin boxed set in 1990 and all subsequent reissues of Coda as a bonus track. This makes it the only officially released Led Zeppelin track no longer available in their catalogue. This was the opportunity to have EVERYTHING on these bonus discs, but now we still have rarities floating around. It is made even worse by the fact the brilliant Robert Johnson ‘Travelling Riverside Blues’ cover from a BBC session 3 days earlier is included! In my digital collection I have mangled the track onto the BBC Sessions album (between tracks 12 and 13, recorded at the same session) to ensure I have a complete collection available without hunting down 1 off tracks elsewhere. See ‘Completing The Catalogue’ below for more information on BBC sessions.
  • The Royal Albert Hall Concert 1970 - When Led Zeppelin DVD was released in 2003 in proved that the vaults still contained plenty to care about, and the jewel in the crown of the release was the exceptionally high quality concert at The Royal Albert Hall on 9 January 1970 - recorded not just to film but also multitrack audio. This concert stands amongst the best at documenting a young hungry band at their prime. To have this entire concert newly mixed and remastered on a companion audio disc (or 2) for either LZII or LZIII would have been amazing. Better yet, release it as a separate double album as part of the campaign. Still in the works maybe?
  • Knebworth Festival 1969 - Zeppelin performed 2 shows at the 1979 Knebworth Festival (the first on the 4th of August and the second a week later on the 11th). This was the band’s first live engagement in 2 years (following the death of Plant’s son in 1977), and was the first time to play in the U.K. in 4 years, so the shows are important landmark performances. Both were was filmed (parts of which appeared in 2003 on Led Zeppelin DVD), and recorded to multitrack audio - and although they aren’t perfect performances, they are a great example of the mature version of led Zeppelin playing live. Much like the other full concerts mentioned above, these concerts (edited to make a full show from the 20+ songs recorded on each night) would have made a great extra companion disc (or 2), added to the In Through The Outdoor reissue. Based on the sub-par extras included on the Deluxe Edition, I have no doubt this would have been welcomed by many fans. It is quite well known that the band were never big fans of these performances (being quite rusty to playing live), so it is doubtful we will hear much more of them any time soon.

In hindsight, I would love to have seen a double (or even triple!) compilation of unreleased live tracks released with the reissues, chronically the band’s live performances from the early shows right up to final performances in 1980. A compilation like this excuses the questionable sound quality of some of the earlier performances.


Crashing Zeppelin

Conclusion

Looking over the complete list of omissions it seems the live recordings not included is the biggest opportunity missed. So many high quality soundboards of the band’s 10+ year existence collecting dust on a shelf somewhere, and now is the perfect time to share them with the world.

The studio tracks released were of varying necessity, but not every outtake can be amazing. Some of the tracks included are brilliant, and we are blessed for hearing them, while others could have been substituted for versioned that have circulated for years that are far better.

The inclusion of just a handful of demos would have also been very welcome, especially some the acoustic songs recorded around the 70/71 period.

Overall though, these are great packages – the sound quality is perfect, the packaging is incredibly detailed (although some detailed liner notes on recording dates would have been nice), and the overall look & feel of the whole collection is perfectly put together. As a long-time fan, many of my complaints are probably more nit-picks and I wonder sometimes if those that don’t have access to information and unauthorised recordings actually enjoyed these releases more than I did?

Quality: 10/10
Packaging: 9/10 (where’s the detailed liner notes?)
Content: 6/10 (I hope something live is in the works somewhere…)


Crashing Zeppelin

Completing The Catalogue


With the release of the new remasters (with included extras) we have a complete collection of Led Zeppelin studio material in the best available sound quality. What is missing from the collection is the live albums released prior to the remasters. The following is a list of other albums necessary to create a ‘complete’ collection of all Led Zeppelin material.

The Soundtrack To The Film 'The Song Remains The Same'

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Release Information:

  • Released: Original 28 September 1976 / Reissued: 20 November 2007
  • Label: Swan Song ()
  • Producer: Jimmy Page
  • Executive Producer:
  • Engineer:
  • Recorded

Tracks:

Disc 1

Disc 2

Total Length:

Personnel:

  • Robert Plant - Vocals
  • Jimmy Page - Guitars / Backing Vocals / Production
  • John Paul Jones - Bass Guitar / Keyboards
  • John Bonham - Drums / Percussion

Release Notes:

My Thoughts:

  • Why this album was not reissued as part of the Deluxe Editions series remains unclear. If this was to be a complete upgrade of the led Zeppelin recorded legacy, surely it must be included? Over the years the album has had more than its fair share of negative commentary, mostly over its obviously bloated and self-indulgent performances, but every album is a time capsule to a time and place – and this is what Led Zeppelin sounded like live circa 1975.

How The West Was Won

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Release Information:

  • Released: 27 May 2003
  • Label: Atlantic Records ()
  • Producer: Jimmy Page
  • Executive Producer:
  • Engineer:
  • Recorded

Tracks:

Disc 1

Disc 2

Disc 3

Total Length:

Release Notes:


Celebration Day

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Release Information:

  • Released: 17 October 2010
  • Label: Atlantic Records ()
  • Producer: Jimmy Page
  • Executive Producer:
  • Engineer:
  • Recorded 10 December 2007, for The Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert, at The O2 Arena, London, England.

Tracks:

Disc 1

Disc 2

Disc 3 [Blu-Ray]

Total Length:

Release Notes: