Jimmy Page on Upcoming Led Zeppelin Remasters: "This Will Be Really Substantial Stuff"

by Josh Hart
Posted Nov 26, 2012 at 1:40pm

Given a ravenous bootlegging community that dates back nearly half a century, it's hard to imagine there's much in the vaults of Led Zeppelin that fans haven't heard before in one form or another. But with a slew of remasters on their way beginning next year, Jimmy Page wants to assure fans that the bonus material slated to be included with each album is nothing to overlook.

"I'm not just throwing on any old flotsam and jetsam," Page told Rolling Stone in a recent interview. "This will be really substantial stuff."

While there aren't loads of unreleased songs to pull from, much of the bonus content will be aimed at showcasing how classic Zeppelin songs evolved through the various stages of the demoing process.

"The classic there was 'When the Levee Breaks,'" Page said, "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."

There's no word yet on when the remasters are set to roll out, with fellow members Robert Plant and John Paul Jones also requiring a say in the process, but Page seems adamant that fans will see the first of them "in the course of next year."

You can read more from the interview here.

Led Zeppelin released their new live CD/DVD, Celebration Day, last week.

Over the past 20 years, Brad Tolinski, editorial director of Guitar World, Revolver and Guitar Aficionado magazines, has interviewed Jimmy Page more than any other journalist in the world. Those interviews have led to a new book, Light & Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page, which was published October 23. Click here for more info and to read an excerpt from the book.


Add a Comment
0 Comments

Similar Guitar News

Awesome Xylophone Led Zeppelin Cover — Video (2/23/2015)
Who else but the Louisville Leopard Percussionists could so successfully translate Led Zeppelin into a xylophone-and-marimba opus? The video below shows a rehearsal session for the group, all of whom are between the ages of 7 to 12. In fluid su...
Led Zeppelin Premiere "Brandy & Coke," an Early Mix of "Trampled Under Foot" (2/12/2015)
Below, check out Led Zeppelin's premiere of "Brandy & Coke," an early version of "Trampled Under Foot," a classic Physical Graffiti track. It's from the new remastered and expanded version of the album, which will be released February 24. Th...
Jimmy Page and Soundgarden's Chris Cornell Talk Led Zeppelin History and More — Video (2/10/2015)
To celebrate the release of Jimmy Page’s new photo book, Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page, the guitar legend appeared with Chris Cornell, guitarist and singer for Soundgarden, at the Theater at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles for a relaxed question-an...
Jimmy Page Revisits Two of Led Zeppelin’s Most God-like Albums, 'IV' and 'Houses of the Holy' (1/8/2015)
It’s a beautiful Indian Summer day, and I’m standing on Queens Gate Road in London, England, a stone’s throw from the legendary Royal Albert Hall, where Led Zeppelin played in 1970, a performance immortalized on 2003’s Led Zeppelin DVD. It’s a ...
Led Zeppelin Announce Deluxe 'Physical Graffiti' Reissue (1/8/2015)
The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign continues in 2015, turning the spotlight on Physical Graffiti. The deluxe edition of the group's sixth studio album will arrive 40 years to the day after the original debuted on February 24, 1975. As with the p...
'Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page' Book: Limited-Edition, Hand-Stamped Copies Available Now (12/9/2014)
A special limited-edition, hand-stamped version of Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page—the photographic autobiography and visual history of the world’s most iconic guitar player—is available now at the Guitar World Online Store. Page carefully chose hundre...
Jimmy Page Revisits 'Led Zeppelin IV' and 'Houses of the Holy' — Five Questions (11/12/2014)
This is an excerpt from the all-new Holiday 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the rest of Brad Tolinski's interview with Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, plus features on the Kinks' Dave Davies, St. Vincent, Mike Stern and Eric Johnson, Primus, Alex Sko...
Robert Plant Turns Down £500 Million Offer to Reform Led Zeppelin for 35-Night Tour (11/10/2014)
London's Daily Mail reports that Robert Plant has turned down a whole lotta money — more than £500 million (around $800 million U.S.) — to reform Led Zeppelin for what would've been the most profitable tour in history. Apparently, Plant tore up ...
Led Zeppelin Premiere Alternate Mix of "Stairway to Heaven" — Listen (10/23/2014)
As we reported earlier today, Led Zeppelin will release remastered and expanded versions of Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy next week. In honor of the new releases, Led Zeppelin are streaming a previously unreleased alternate mix of "Stai...
Jess Greenberg Covers Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" and "Whole Lotta Love" — Video (10/23/2014)
In honor of Led Zeppelin's deluxe, remastered edition of Led Zeppelin IV, which will be released next week, we thought we'd share an interesting cover of an iconic Led Zeppelin IV track, "Rock and Roll," by a guitarist named Jess Greenberg. You ...
Led Zeppelin Premiere Alternate Mix of "Rock and Roll" — Listen (10/16/2014)
Later this month, Led Zeppelin will release deluxe, remastered editions of Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy. Each reissue will contain a second disc featuring previously unreleased alternate mixes, in-progress versions of songs and more. ...
Genesis Publications Presents “An Evening with Jimmy Page in Conversation with Chris Cornell" (10/6/2014)
To celebrate the publication of Jimmy Page’s official photographic autobiography, Jimmy Page — the first book by a member of Led Zeppelin — Genesis Publications (with Guitar World and Guitar Aficionado) will present “An Evening with Jimmy Page i...
Led Zeppelin Premiere "The Rain Song" (Mix Minus Piano) from 'Houses of the Holy' Remaster — Listen (10/1/2014)
As we've been reporting, the latest wave of Led Zeppelin remasters will be released October 28. This time, Led Zep fans can prepare for new-and-improved versions of Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy. Speaking of which, it seems a previously...
Jimmy Page Plans on Starting New Band and Performing Material Spanning Entire Career (10/1/2014)
Yesterday (Tuesday, September 20), Jimmy Page got a wee bit bent out of shape at all the "Led Zeppelin reunion" questions being posed at London's Olympic Studios. Page, who was there to discuss and preview the upcoming remasters of Led Zeppelin ...
Led Zeppelin Preview "Black Dog (Basic Track with Guitar Overdubs)" — Listen (8/29/2014)
Below, you can stream slightly more than a minute's worth of "Black Dog (Basic Track with Guitar Overdubs)," one of the raw, previously unreleased recordings to be included in the upcoming remastered edition of Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin IV. Th...
Led Zeppelin top greatest guitar riff poll (8/26/2014)
Read more about Led Zeppelin top greatest guitar riff poll at MusicRadar.com Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love has been voted the greatest guitar riff of all time by BBC Radio 2 listeners.Jimmy Page's riff topped a list of 100 that was dominated b...