By Brian Ives
In the decades since Led Zeppelin called it a day, they’ve rarely opened up their vaults to release non-album material. There’s been a live album (2003’s How The West Was Won), a collection of BBC recordings (1997’s BBC Sessions), a compilation of outtakes (1982’s Coda) and the document of their one reunion concert (2012’s Celebration Day).
That’s one of the reasons that the recent announcement that Zep would be reissuing their entire catalog with bonus tracks was such a big deal. The other: the original tapes were remastered by Jimmy Page himself.
The first three albums — 1969’s Led Zeppelin, 1969’s Led Zeppelin II and 1970’s Led Zeppelin III — will be re-released on June 3. Each will come in several different formats, but the deluxe and super deluxe editions will contain a second disc of extras. And we’re pretty excited to say that you can preview one of those extras right here, exclusively, for 24 hours.
Here is an alternate take of “Whole Lotta Love” off of Led Zeppelin II.
There’s no word on when the next wave of Zeppelin reissues — which will presumably include 1971’s Led Zeppelin (often referred to as “Led Zeppelin IV”), 1973’s Houses Of The Holy and 1975’s Physical Graffiti — will be released. But what seems certain is that we won’t be seeing a reprise of the band’s one-off reunion concert from 2007; Robert Plant recently said that there’s “zero” chance at another reunion.