Jimmy Page recently confirmed that he’s remastering all nine LED ZEPPELIN albums, with each set being readied as deluxe, expanded editions featuring, “extra music and bonus material.” Page, who produced all of LED ZEPPELIN‘s live and studio albums, has served as the band’s chief archivist and personally oversaw the remastering of the band’s catalogue back in the nearly ’90s.
In Page‘s new interview with RollingStone.com, he explained, “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.”
According to Page, LED ZEPPELIN did not record a lot of additional songs for each LP, “but there was an overage of material — different versions of things, different approaches to the mixes,” Page explained. The unreleased material includes early alternative takes at Headley Grange, the English manor where ZEPPELIN recorded some of their most iconic work, particularly their 1971 untitled fourth album.
“The classic there was ‘When the Levee Breaks’,” Page told RollingStone.com, “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’ [on 1975’s ‘Physical Graffiti’] — some with closer miking. So there were a lot of different approaches. It will be fascinating for people to witness the work in progress.”
Released on November 19 was LED ZEPPELIN‘s new live collection, “Celebration Day”, which was recorded and filmed at ZEPPELIN‘s December 10, 2007 reunion show at London’s O2 Arena. The concert film was made available on CD, DVD, Blu-ray disc through Swan Song/Atlantic Records.