Led Zeppelin is back with 'Whole Lotta' unreleased tunes
Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin plays a Gibson Les Paul Standard guitar with a violin bow while performing on stage at Oude Rai on 27th May 1972 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page talks to Gavin Esler about the 40th anniversary re-release of 'Physical Graffiti.'
In this picture taken Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, British musician Jimmy Page of rock group Led Zeppelin, laughs during an interview with Associated Press in London. Jimmy Page started the project because he couldnât believe how bad Led Zeppelin sounded. The legacy of the band heâd devoted much of his life to was being muddied by the way its classic studio albums sounded when reproduced on the ubiquitous MP3 players that are popular today. Instead of accepting that future generations would have to hear a cramped, compressed version of Led Zepâs sonic booms, Page has devoted several years to completely re-mastering the bandâs extensive catalog in a labor of love that is, with the release of âPhysical Graffitiâ on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
GERMANY - MARCH: Led Zeppelin perform live on stage in Germany in March 1973 L-R Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham (1948-1980). (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
UNITED STATES - JULY 13: Photo of Jimmy PAGE and LED ZEPPELIN and Robert PLANT and LIVE AID; L-R: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page performing live onstage at Live Aid, Philadelphia (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)
UNITED STATES - JULY 29: MADISON SQUARE GARDEN Photo of Jimmy PAGE and LED ZEPPELIN and Robert PLANT, L-R: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page performing live onstage, during filming for 'The Song Remains The Same' (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)
PHILADELPHIA, PA Â CIRCA 1980: Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zepellin performs at the Philadelphia Spectrum circa 1980 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Raoul/IMAGES/Getty Images)
British rock group Led Zeppelin, performing at Newcastle City Hall, 1st December 1972. Left to right: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 12: In this handout from the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama talks with the surviving members of Led Zeppelin John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page during intermission at the Kennedy Center Honors on December 12, 2012 in Washignton, D.C. (Photo by Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images)
Rock band Led Zeppelin, from left, keyboardist/bassist John Paul Jones, singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, stand as the Star Spangled Banner is played during the Kennedy Center Honors Gala at the Kennedy Center in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. While Led Zeppelin is being honored as a band, surviving members Jones, Page, and Plant, each received the Kennedy Center Honors. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: (L-R) John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant attend the 'Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day' press conference at the Museum of Modern Art on October 9, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
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By Michael Roddy
LONDON (Reuters) - Legendary rockers Led Zeppelin said on Wednesday they will include previously unreleased songs in the first batch of reissues of their nine studio albums, including a version of their pulsating "Whole Lotta Love"
The reissues, remastered by guitarist Jimmy Page, will be launched on June 3 with deluxe editions of "Led Zeppelin", "Led Zeppelin II" and "Led Zeppelin III". Each album will include a second disc of unreleased music related to that album.
"The material on the companion discs presents a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin," Page is quoted as saying in a statement from the band.
"It is a selection of work in progress with rough mixes, backing tracks, alternate versions, and new material recorded at the time."
The companion audio for the band's 1969 debut album "Led Zeppelin" features a previously unreleased performance recorded in October of that year at the Olympia Theatre in Paris. The nine-song set features seven tracks from the album, including a 15-minute version of "Dazed And Confused".
"Led Zeppelin II" features some of the band's most famous tracks including "Ramble On" and "Heartbreaker" as well as "Whole Lotta Love," a fixture in the pantheon of classic rock 'n' roll songs.
Its companion audio contains alternate mixes of five songs from the album, including "Whole Lotta Love", plus backing tracks to "Thank You" and "Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman)," and the previously unreleased track "La La."
The nine tracks featured on the companion audio to "Led Zeppelin III" include outtakes of songs from the album as well as three previously unheard compositions: "Jennings Farm Blues", "Bathroom Sound", and the band's take on the blues classics "Keys To The Highway/Trouble In Mind."
Led Zeppelin was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005 and a year later was awarded the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm.
Founding members John Paul Jones, Page and Robert Plant - along with Jason Bonham, the son of drummer John Bonham, who died in 1980, the year the band broke up - gave a tribute concert at London's O2 Arena in 2007 for the late Ahmet Ertegun, founder of the band's label, Atlantic.
Band members have since discounted the prospect of another reunion.