Robert Plant revealed that he's uncovered some previously unheard Led Zeppelin outtakes. Guitarist Jimmy Page is currently hard at work remastering the band's legendary catalogue for the first time since 1990, and recently admitted to Rolling Stone that although the band's vault is light on unreleased songs -- it contains plenty of unused and unique alternate takes. Plant told BBC Radio, "I found some quarter-inch spools recently. I had a meeting with Jimmy and we baked 'em up and listened to 'em. And there's some very, very interesting bits and pieces that probably will turn up on these things. . . I'm desperately trying to (use) this one track -- or the two tracks (with) John Paul Jones singing lead."
Plant went on to joke about Zeppelin bassist -- who's currently working on an opera with singer songwriter Robin Hitchcock and the band Supersilent -- prefers to keep these long lost tracks under wraps: "So far, he's going to give me two cars and a greenhouse not to get 'em on the album. Oh, John, wherever you are with your opera, John, you can't wait to hear yourself singing all over the world. 'La la la la la la la. . .'"
- So far there's been no word as to when the Jimmy Page remastered Led Zeppelin catalogue will be released.
- John Paul Jones co-wrote such major Zeppelin classic as "No Quarter," "Misty Mountain Hop," "In The Light," "Trampled Underfoot," "All Of My Love," and "Fool In The Rain," among others. He told us that the way he goes about composing is go off alone and be nowhere near music at all: "I write away from instruments. If I sit down with an instrument, I'll not. . . forget that I'm writing a song and just end up noodling, y'know? So, I write my riffs, usually, out on walks -- go out and walk and take a bit of manuscript paper so I can remember, y'know, I jot down what, what it is."
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- Do you re-buy your favorite band's CD's every time they re-haul their catalogue???
- Which artists have you jumped to upgrade and which ones have you decided to pass on and just made do with your older discs???
- To your ears, is remastering at this point is just compressing the recording and boosting the volume -- or do you still think that a remastered disc automatically means "improved"???
- At this point, with some band having remastered and reissued their catalogue up to four times over the past 25-plus years, should bands issue a discount or credit if you turn in your old discs for the new ones???
- In September, film producer Harvey Weinstein says that Led Zeppelin did not appear at last year's 12.12.12 concert for Hurricane Sandy relief due to Jimmy Page passing on the charity gig.
- Weinstein was on hand at the Toronto International Film Festival for the screening of the 12.12.12 documentary, and revealed that he pulled out all the stops to ensure that Zeppelin appeared -- even asking former President Bill Clinton and President Obama to personally lobby the guitarist so that the Zeppelin reunion could help raise funds for the suffering and displaced Easterners.
- Weinstein said: "We get an OK from (Robert) Plant if Page will do it. . . Jimmy Page doesn't want to do it. Bill (Clinton) talked to the group and Jimmy told him no. Jimmy Page struck out Obama and Bill Clinton. . . that will live on in infamy."
CHECK IT OUT: Led Zeppelin on July 17th, 1977 performing "The Battle Of Evertmore" live in Seattle:
John Paul Jones says he writes his songs while walking around
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