Jimmy Page has confirmed that the upcoming LED ZEPPELIN album reissues include previously unreleased material.
“Each of the albums has been remastered but it also has a companion disc with it,” the guitarist told TeamRock Radio‘s Nicky Horne earlier tonight (Thursday, November 14) at the ninth annual Classic Rock Roll Of Honour at London, England’s Roundhouse. “Let’s take, for example, ‘Led Zeppelin III’ — that’s remastered from analog from the original thing. I know everybody does that, but what they don’t do.. I revisited all the working mixes that were done at the time.”
He continued: “There’s different versions. Say, for example, there’s ‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’ — there’s an incredible version of that which is totally different, it’s really raw in its approach, it’s quite dramatic, it’s cool. That’s one little item of it, but what it gives is a companion disc to ‘Led Zeppelin III’. It’ll come out in its own box. Each disc will give a really intimate picture of the group. That’s the idea that I’ve had with it and I think it’s successful.”
Page also revealed that he has completed work on the audio portion of the reissue production process.
“It’s all done, all the sonic side of it,” he said.
He added: “It’ll come out next year. When I say ‘it’ — each box comes out separately.”
Asked if the reissues will contain any unreleased material, Page replied: “Oh yeah. I can’t tell you [what it is]… It’s got to be a little bit of a surprise, I can’t give all the games away.”
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 a 2012 interview with Mojo magazine, Page explained, “There are a number of LED ZEPPELIN projects that will come out next year because there are different versions of tracks that we have that can be added to the album so there will be box sets of material that will come out, starting next year. There will be one box set per album with extra music that will surface.”
Last November saw the release of LED ZEPPELIN‘s 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 released on CD, DVD, Blu-ray disc through Swan Song/Atlantic Records.
Page attended the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour to pick up the “Film Of The Year” award for “Celebration Day”.
“I know this comes from the readers, so I’ve got to extend my great thanks,” Page said in his acceptance speech. “It was a great concert and we got the energy into the video… well, the DVD… and the Blu-ray. I’m here on behalf of the band and I thank you on their behalf.”