Back in 2012, Jimmy Page told British magazine Mojo that he was working on reissues of each album in Led Zeppelin‘s catalog, but there has been precious little information about the reissues since then. Until today.
The label that handles Zeppelin’s catalog, Rhino Records, just issued a press release announcing that deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III will be released on June 3, launching an “extensive reissue program” that will include all nine of the band’s albums in chronological order. All of the albums will be remastered by Page himself. The deluxe version of each album will feature a second disc of unreleased music related to that album.
“The material on the companion discs presents a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin,” Page says in a press release. “It is a selection of work in progress with rough mixes, backing tracks, alternate versions, and new material recorded at the time.”
All three announced reissues will be available as a single CD, a 2 CD deluxe edition with bonus material, as a single LP, a double LP with bonus material, a download and a super deluxe box set that contains all of the above (including a hi-def audio download card), and a hard cover book with rare and previously unseen photos. Led Zeppelin will also include a replica of the band’s original press kit.
The bonus material for 1969’s Led Zeppelin will be a previously unreleased performance recorded on October 10, 1969 at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, including an epic 15-minute version of “Dazed And Confused,” as well as “Heartbreaker” and “Moby Dick,” which would debut on Led Zeppelin II later that month.
Led Zeppelin II‘s bonus material includes alternate mixes of five songs from the album, backing tracks to “Thank You” and “Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Woman),” and the previously unreleased track “La La.” And Led Zeppelin III ‘s extras feature seven studio outtakes of songs from the album as well as three previously unheard compositions: “Jennings Farm Blues” (an instrumental forerunner of “Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp”), “Bathroom Sound” (an instrumental version of “Out On The Tiles”), and their take on the blues classics “Keys To The Highway/Trouble In Mind.”
— Brian Ives, Radio.com