Jimmy Page Drops Some Clues About New HD Led Zeppelin Releases
“Do you want me to do a documentary? Well, I’m not going to do it,” came the quick answer.
Bully for Page. As a profession, music writing has seen better days. Being prepared to do interviews or ask a rock legend questions in a public setting is now a lost art. The idea is this: Page has remastered the nine studio Zep albums, all of which now come with a disc of extra stuff which judging by an extended arrangement of “Whole Lotta Love,” an unfinished take of “Heartbreaker” and a wonderful version of Charles Segar and Big Bill Broonzy classic “Keys to the Highway” are all very much worth having. Because there was a dearth of leftover material, Led Zeppelin I comes with a live recording from the Olympia in Paris that was recorded in passable sound by French radio in October 1969. Everything has been remastered to 192 kHz/24 Bit, but for reasons unexplained, only the 96 kHz/24 bit files will be available from HD Tracks. These fresh remasters will come in a number of forms: single CD, CD with companion audio disc, single 180 gram LP, 180 gram LP with companion audio 180 gram LP, original LP and companion audio digital downloads and the Super Deluxe Boxed Set which is everything above and a gorgeous book of photos, memorabilia and stuff every single Zep head will have to have.
“I don’t think it changes any story, I think it just augments it. It gives more color to it. The final masters which are on the studio albums that you know, quite clearly were going to be the best ones, however these [other] things are fascinating, of intrinsic and historical value.”
Asked if this is the best sound yet, Page calmly replied, “No, off the analogue tapes is going to be the best way but unfortunately I can’t invite you all round to listen to them.”
“The most important thing about Led Zeppelin is that each of us were music equals. There’s no doubt about that. But no what John Bonham had done before he never had the opportunity to play like he did in Led Zeppelin. It’s the same with my guitar playing. I’d done quite a bit with the Yardbirds and studio work and all of that but this was the vehicle to be able to just go through the stratosphere. Exactly the same for Robert and John Paul Jones. We actually played so well as a band and that’s what’s reflected so well in all of this studio material.”