Unreleased Led Zeppelin songs to be used in upcoming reissues

Deluxe Editions of the band’s catalog are expected in 2014

Robert Plant has discovered some unreleased Led Zeppelin material that could be included in the upcoming 2014 deluxe reissues of the band’s historic catalog. Plant told BBC Radio 6 in a recent interview that he unearthed some previously unreleased tapes with bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones on vocals. If the singer has it his way, those tracks will be included in the new reissues.

“I found some quarter-inch spools recently,” he says. “I had a meeting with Jimmy [Page] and we baked ’em up and listened to ’em. And there’s some very, very interesting bits and pieces that probably will turn up on these things.”

Plant said Page has approved the tracks, but he’s waiting for Jones’ approval before they can be used.

“So far, he’s going to give me two cars and a greenhouse not to get ’em on the album. Oh, John, wherever you are with your opera, John, you can’t wait to hear yourself singing all over the world.”

Page told Rolling Stone last year that he was preparing new deluxe editions of each of Zeppelin’s studio albums, from 1969’s Led Zeppelin to 1982’s post-breakup Coda. Page stated that each release will see “added sonic and visual thrills,” also noting that the band did not record a lot of additional material with each LP, like most bands did during that time. Instead, they recorded “different versions of things, different approaches to the mixes” which will be included.

The last time the LZ catalog was remastered was 20 years ago with the four CD boxed set Led Zeppelin. Page also states that he’s wanting to transfer their music to a high-resolution digital format so you can “hear what’s there properly.”

The deluxe reissues are expected sometime in 2014.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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