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Led Zeppelin announce massive reissue campaign

Led Zeppelin I Super Deluxe Package
Led Zeppelin I Super Deluxe Package
Led Zeppelin/Swan Song/Rhino

It has been teased for the better part of 5 years, but finally the details have emerged. Led Zeppelin, still one of the most massive names in the pantheon of rock history, will begin a massive reissue campaign beginning in June.

The band announced today via it's website, Twitter and Facebook -- and a press release -- that the first phase of the campaign will include Led Zeppelin's first three, classic albums in newly remastered form, overseen by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page himself, each in multiple formats, most including an additional disc of previously unreleased tracks. There will be multiple CD, vinyl, and digital formats, including a Super Deluxe Boxed Set, available June 3rd.

"No matter how many times you may have listened to their music, you've never heard Led Zeppelin like this before," the press release stated.

Beginning with this first phase release, Led Zeppelin will open its vaults to share dozens of unheard studio and live recordings related to each corresponding album.

"The material on the companion discs presents a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin," Page said in a statement. "It is a selection of work in progress with rough mixes, backing tracks, alternate versions, and new material recorded at the time."

To pre-order the sets, visit Amazon.com or the Led Zeppelin website.

Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III will each be available June 3 from Atlantic/Swan Song in the following formats:

o Single CD – Remastered album packaged in a gatefold card wallet.
o Deluxe Edition (2CD) – Remastered album, plus a second disc of unreleased companion audio.
o Single LP – Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP’s first pressing in exacting detail. (For example, III will feature the original wheel and die cut holes.)
o Deluxe Edition Vinyl – Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
o Digital Download – Remastered album and companion audio will both be available.
o Super Deluxe Boxed Set – This collection includes:
o Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve.
o Companion audio on CD in card wallet.
o Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing.
o Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
o High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit. (Live tracks are 48kHz/24 bit).
o Hard bound, 70+ page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.
o High quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.
o Led Zeppelin will also include a replica of the band’s original Atlantic press kit.

As for the tracklistings:

Led Zeppelin

Track Listing

1. “Good Times Bad Times”
2. “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”
3. “You Shook Me”
4. “Dazed And Confused”
5. “Your Time Is Gonna Come”
6. “Black Mountain Side”
7. “Communication Breakdown”
8. “I Can’t Quit You Baby”
9. “How Many More Times”

Companion Audio Disc

Live At The Olympia – Paris, France
October 10, 1969

1. “Good Times Bad Times/Communication Breakdown”
2. “I Can’t Quit You Baby”
3. “Heartbreaker”
4. “Dazed And Confused”
5. “White Summer/Black Mountain Side”
6. “You Shook Me”
7. “Moby Dick”
8. “How Many More Times”

Led Zeppelin II

Track Listing

1. “Whole Lotta Love”
2. “What Is And What Should Never Be”
3. “The Lemon Song”
4. “Thank You”
5. “Heartbreaker”
6. “Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Woman)”
7. “Ramble On”
8. “Moby Dick”

Companion Audio Disc

1. “Whole Lotta Love”
2. “What Is And What Should Never Be”
3. “Thank You”
4. “Heartbreaker”
5. “Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Woman)”
6. “Ramble On”
7. “Moby Dick”
8. “La La”
9. “Bring It On Home”

Led Zeppelin III

Track Listing

1. “Immigrant Song”
2. “Friends”
3. “Celebration Day”
4. “Since I’ve Been Loving You”
5. “Out On The Tiles”
6. “Gallows Pole”
7. “Tangerine”
8. “That’s The Way”
9. “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp”
10. “Hats Off To (Roy) Harper”

Companion Audio Disc

1. “The Immigrant Song”
2. “Friends”
3. “Celebration Day”
4. “Since I’ve Been Loving You”
5. “Bathroom Sound”
6. “Gallows Pole”
7. “That’s The Way”
8. “Jennings Farm Blues”
9. “Keys To The Highway/Trouble In Mind”

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