For Led Zeppelin, the song remains the same. You have many new ways to buy it, though.
Spearheaded by guitarist Jimmy Page, the reissuing of the band’s library will begin its second round with the releases of Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy on October 28. Led Zeppelin IV was originally released in 1971, Houses Of The Holy was released in 1973. Page has remastered the original songs, as well as previously unreleased material, according to Brooklyn Vegan.
If the first round of releases are any indication, Page is onto something big. Released June 3, their first three albums, Led Zeppelin I, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III, each entered the top ten in Billboard’s Top Albums chart, according to USA Today. What makes the success of the remastering so fascinating is the multiple formats fans can choose. Each album will have six different formats to choose from;
1) Single CD; A remastered version of the original album on CD with original replicated cover art
2) Deluxe Edition CD: A companion CD with previously unreleased material featuring new alternative cover art AND the remastered original
3) Single LP; The original album on 180-gram vinyl (remember LP’s, kids?) in a sleeve replicating the first pressing
4) Deluxe Edition LP; A companion album on 180-gram vinyl with previously unreleased material in a sleeve with new alternative cover art AND the remastered original
5) Digital Download; High-Definition audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24-bit
6) Super Deluxe Box Set; the remastered original CD, the companion CD, the remastered original LP, the companion LP, the digital download, and a companion multi-page book containing previously unreleased photos and memorabilia
Prices for pre-ordering Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy packages can be found at ledzeppelin.com website. The other releases can be purchased there. Page intends to remaster the entire Led Zeppelin library.
Jimmy Page orginally grouped with vocalist Robert Plant, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham back in 1968 in Page’s attempt to create what could be considered a supergroup. Page even named the group the New Yardbirds to keep that supergroup feeling. In 1966, while recording Beck’s Bolero with Jones, Keith Moon and John Entwistle (both of the Who) and Jeff Beck. Page tossed the idea of this grouping being a supergroup, either Moon or Entwistle (history favors Moon) said that idea would go over like a lead balloon. Page remembered that joke two years later, tinkered with it a bit, and Led Zeppelin was born.
Led Zeppelin would go on to sell over 300 million records worldwide. They were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1995, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
Talks of a Led Zeppelin reunion tour are on hold. Robert Plant would like to do an acoustic tour, while Page would like to remain plugged in. It’ll be a long time before they rock and roll again.