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JIMMY PAGE PROMISES FIRST THREE LED ZEPPELIN REISSUES THIS YEAR

1/3/2014

Although fans were hoping to get their hands on all of the new Led Zeppelin remasters this year, the wait for the majority of the band's catalogue continues, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. Jimmy Page posted an update on his officiate website (JimmyPage.com) stating, "The first of the Led Zeppelin reissues -- comprising of Led Zeppelin I, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III -- will be released this year. I’ve also been working on some of my own material from the archives that will be unleashed in 2014."

 

The wait for Led Zeppelin IV, Houses Of The Holy, Physical Graffiti, The Song Remains The Same, In Through The Out Door, and Coda, will likely stretch into 2015.

  • Page told us that after all the success Led Zeppelin had, the real reward has been that the music has lasted so long: "The most satisfying, the most rewarding part of it, is having been part of music like that, which has stood up to the test of time. Every musician hopes that their music will hold up. And it's wonderful."
  • Peter Frampton has been close friends with Page since the mid-'60s. He frequently watched Zeppelin record in the early '70s at London's Olympic Studios, while taking breaks from his own recordings and was consistently impressed with Jimmy Page's guitar technique: "He's a very well-rounded player. His technique on acoustic is phenomenal. And he uses various different open tunings. He tunes his guitar down and there's a special 'Jimmy Page' tuning (laughs) that he uses on a lot of the stuff."

FAST FACTS

  • Led Zeppelin is up for two Grammy awards -- Best Rock Performance for "Kashmir (Live)" from Celebration Day, and the album, itself, Celebration Day, in the Best Rock Album category.
  • The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will take place Sunday, January 26th at the Los Angeles Staples Center and will be broadcast live at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS.

SIDE NOTES

  • In November, Jimmy Page spoke candidly about what fans could expect from the upcoming Led Zeppelin reissues, telling Mojo: "The catalog was last remastered 20 years ago. 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, who has previously gone on record as saying that the well was dry regarding unreleased Zeppelin tracks, revealed that the upcoming reissues will showcase the path not taken for various Zeppelin favorites: "There was an overage of material -- different versions of things, different approaches to the mixes."
  • He went on to talk about some of the work the band did at Headley Grange, the legendary English manor where the band lived while recording parts of Led Zeppelin III, Led Zeppelin IV, Houses Of The Holy, and Physical Graffiti: "The classic there was 'When the Levee Breaks,' where the drums were set up in the hallway. You know what it sounded like -- immense -- from the recorded version. But we used the drums in the hall for a number of things, like 'Kashmir' -- some with closer miking. So there were a lot of different approaches. It will be fascinating for people to witness the work in progress."

CHECK IT OUT: Led Zeppelin on September 23rd, 1971 live in Tokyo:

Jimmy Page Says He's Proud of Led Zeppelin's Music Holding Up
Peter Frampton On Jimmy Page's Guitar Technique

Read more at BlabbermouthUltimate Classic Rock, Rolling Stone and NME


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