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Led Zep announce more album re-issues

By | Published on Thursday 31 July 2014

Led Zeppelin

Following other re-issuey business last summer, Led Zeppelin have announced plans to continue this year by putting out new versions of their fourth and fifth albums, ‘Led Zeppelin IV’ and ‘Houses Of The Holy’.

Both records will be available in a variety of physical and digital forms, all remastered by Jimmy Page himself and bolstered with demo and discarded mixes of songs from each album that he found in a cupboard somewhere. For example, there is a mix of ‘Stairway To Heaven’ done at Sunset Sound Studios. Imagine.

If you plump for the big box set versions, you’ll not only get them on CD and vinyl, along with a number printed of the album cover, but also a download of all the audio in 24bit studio quality.

But what about the chance of some new Led Zep work, or just them playing the old ones live again? You should probably continue to not hold your breath. Frontman Robert Plant has told the Express that actually it’s Page holding things up, which is the opposite of what Page himself has previously said.

Says Plant: “I feel for [Jimmy]. He knows he’s got the headlines if he wants them. But I don’t know what he’s trying to do. So I feel slightly disappointed and baffled. A couple of years ago I said, ‘If you’ve got anything acoustic, let me know. I’ll give it a whirl’. It was hands across the water. He just walked away. But we couldn’t do anything proper. The weight of expectation is too great”.

Well, anyway, both of these re-issues will be released by Warner/Atlantic on 27 Oct.