Well, a bit late to all this news (it happens…often), but in the interest of informing those who may NOT already know, here’s my coverage:
On October 28, Rhino Records and Atlantic Records plan the elaborate releases of two of Led Zeppelin‘s best releases (in my own opinion) in the ongoing series of Led Zeppelin expanded remasters, which started with with Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III earlier in the year.
Here’s the break down:
Led Zeppelin IV came out in the dawning era of the ’70s (1971). Contained within the grooves are what I believe to be some of the greatest tracks ever recorded, which include “Rock and Roll”, and “Black Dog”. And while I’m one who think that “Stairway To Heaven” is overrated in comparison to those two tracks, there are many who would disagree. It’s there, too!
With the new reissue, Led Zeppelin IV will offer not only the anticipated audio update, but some bonus tracks on the second CD found in versions except the single CD issue. Unfortunately, the bonus inclusions are not compelling enough to swing the deal on a 2CD (other than, perhaps, the alternate mix of “Rock and Roll”, which might lose its original flavor on subsequent replays). Nevertheless, the included bonus tracks are of interest to deep fans.
Led Zeppelin IV will offer:
- Black Dog
- Rock and Roll
- The Battle Of Evermore
- Stairway To Heaven
- Misty Mountain Hop
- Four Sticks
- Going To California
- When The Levee Breaks
- Black Dog (Basic track with guitar overdubs)
- Rock and Roll (Alternate mix)
- The Battle Of Evermore (Mandolin/Guitar mix from Headley Grange)
- Stairway To Heaven (Sunset Sound mix)
- Misty Mountain Hop (Alternate mix)
- Four Sticks (Alternate mix)
- Going To California (Mandolin/Guitar mix)
- When the Levee Breaks (Alternate UK mix in progress)
The versions included will be a single CD, a 2CD set, a single LP, a 2LP set, the Super Deluxe Box, and DD.
Also being released on the same October 28 date will be my personal favorite of the Led Zeppelin catalog, Houses Of The Holy. Released in 1973, this set delivered the excellent “Over The Hills And Far Away”, “Dancing Days”, “No Quarter”, “D’yer Mak’er”, and well, the whole album really. With this fresh reissue, the original gets its audio makeover with new packaging, as well as a set of bonus tracks (again, not compelling enough by themselves. Where are the recorded outtakes that never made it to the album?).
Houses Of The Holy will provide:
- The Song Remains the Same
- The Rain Song
- Over The Hills And Far Away
- The Crunge
- Dancing Days
- D’yer Mak’er
- No Quarter
- The Ocean
- The Song Remains The Same (Guitar overdub reference mix)
- The Rain Song (Mix minus piano)
- Over The Hills And Far Away (Guitar mix backing track)
- The Crunge (Rough mix – Keys Up)
- Dancing Days (Rough mix with vocal)
- No Quarter (John Paul Jones keyboard overdubs – no vocal)
- The Ocean (Working mix)
As with Led Zeppelin IV, the offerings here include single CD, 2CD Deluxe, single LP, 2LP set, DD, and the Super Deluxe Box set.
The offered flavors of releases will include a single CD (for those satisfied with just an updated audio disc) repackaged in gatefold digipak; a 2CD Deluxe Edition with original album, the bonus tracks disc, all repackaged in a gatefold digipak; the original album on 180g-weight vinyl LP packaged in original sleeve offering, a 2LP set with the second 180g-weight LP containing the bonus tracks; high definition Digital Downloads of all tracks; and the massive Super Deluxe Edition Box with the following benefits -
- Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve
- Companion audio on CD in card wallet featuring new alternate cover art
- Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing
- Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve with new alternate cover art
- High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit
- Hard bound, 80 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 in 96kHz/24-bit
Whatever your desire, these next additions to the ongoing Led Zeppelin catalog expanded remasters should spark an interest in many fans.