A bit of “old” How The West Was Run Led Zeppelin Live album news already with every outlet pushing this knowledge out the airplane window (JUMP!). I’m passing it along as a courtesy to those that might not have seen it yet.
The 2003 Led Zeppelin live set originally released via Atlantic Records as a CD set and as a DVD-Audio set is currently remastered and set for reissue on March 23. This reissue will update this classic title with vinyl LPs, BD-Audio, and a massive Super Deluxe Edition with 3CD/4LP/DVD. The Box will also include the inevitable book filled with photos, notes and writeups, credits, and more.
The shows that make up the discs are the band’s LA area sets on their Houses Of The Holy tour. The songs were selected from their LA Forum set (June 25, 1972), and their Long Beach Arena set (June 27, 1972).
For this reissue, the tapes have been remastered. They are also presented in 5.1 Surround for the Blu-ray Audio playback, which will provide DTS-Master Audio for both the 5.1 and Stereo versions, and hi-res Stereo. These are given as 96kHz/24-bit tracks.
There is a 3CD collection of BBC sessions tracks featuring Led Zeppelin between the years of 1969 and 1971. And for Led Zep fans and completists, that’s grand news indeed. The set is being put together by Atlantic Records and Swan Song for a September 16 release date.
The Complete BBC Sessions features various tracks from Top Gear, Pop Sundae, Playhouse Theatre, Paris Theatre, and a small handful of Rhythm & Blues Session tracks. The set will provide thirty-three live songs (see track list below). For fans, this is an essential collection that slots comfortably next to their official library offerings.
The Complete BBC Sessions will add in an excellent 48-page booklet to commemorate the events properly along with plenty of photos. This set will also be made available on a standard 3CD edition, a DD and a 180g 5LP vinyl Box. Also, a Super Deluxe Box with all five LPs, and the three CDs will be created for sale. There will be a 2CD remaster available as well.
A download card with access to hi-rez versions of the songs (24-bit/96kHz) will be included.
This set will update the previously released 2CD BBC Sessions offering (of 23 tracks)with new remastering and a richer experience with the booklet.
I know I’m in!
The Complete BBC Sessions – Led Zeppelin
01 – You Shook Me (23/3/69 Top Gear)
02 – I Can’t Quit You Baby (23/3/69 Top Gear)
03 – Communication Breakdown (22/6/69 Pop Sundae)
04 – Dazed And Confused (23/3/69 Top Gear)
05 – The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair (22/6/69 Pop Sundae)
06 – What Is And What Should Never Be (29/6/69 Top Gear)
07 – Communication Breakdown (29/6/69 Top Gear)
08 – Travelling Riverside Blues (29/6/69 Top Gear)
09 – Whole Lotta Love (29/6/69 Top Gear)
10 – Somethin’ Else (22/6/69 Pop Sundae)
11 – Communication Breakdown (10/8/69 Playhouse Theatre)
12 – I Can’t Quit You Baby (10/8/69 Playhouse Theatre)
13 – You Shook Me (10/8/69 Playhouse Theatre)
14 – How Many More Times (10/8/69 Playhouse Theatre)
01 – Immigrant Song (1/4/71 Paris Theatre)
02 – Heartbreaker (1/4/71 Paris Theatre)
03 – Since I’ve Been Loving You (1/4/71 Paris Theatre)
04 – Black Dog (1/4/71 Paris Theatre)
05 – Dazed And Confused (1/4/71 Paris Theatre)
06 – Stairway To Heaven (1/4/71 Paris Theatre)
07 – Going To California (1/4/71 Paris Theatre)
08 – That’s The Way (1/4/71 Paris Theatre)
09 – Whole Lotta Love (Medley) [1/4/71 Paris Theatre]
10 – Thank You (1/4/71 Paris Theatre)
01 – Communication Breakdown (23/3/69 Top Gear)
02 – What Is And What Should Never Be (22/6/69 Pop Sundae)
03 – Dazed And Confused (10/8/69 Playhouse Theatre)
04 – White Summer (10/8/69 Playhouse Theatre)
05 – What Is And What Should Never Be (1/4/71 Paris Theatre)
06 – Communication Breakdown (1/4/71 Paris Theatre)
07 – I Can’t Quit You Baby (14/4/69 Rhythm & Blues Session)
08 – You Shook Me (14/4/69 Rhythm & Blues Session)
09 – Sunshine Woman (14/4/69 Rhythm & Blues Session)
Be sure to watch for a new release featuring TheBee Gees. It’s titled You Should Be Dancing, sporting a November 6 release date. The new issue (whatever it may be) will be released on CD, and a 180g 2LP set.
Eagle Rock Entertainment has a Frank Zappa set coming on October 30. The set is called Roxy The Movie and will showcase the three-night sets at The Roxy in Hollywood from December 8-10 way back in 1973. Roxy The Music will be issued on BD/CD, and DVD/CD combos.
Varese Sarabande Records will release 25 All Time Greatest Hits featuring the music of Charlie Rich. It is set for October 23.
Wicked Cool Records (with Columbia Records) will release a new Darlene Love album called Introducing Darlene Love (as if…). The new album features help like Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, and others. Introducing Darlene Love provides 14 songs. It releases on September 18 in both CD, and 180g vinyl 2LP.
Sony Masterworks will release Yo-Yo Ma – The Classical Cello Collection, on October 2. This 15CD Boxed set will feature fourteen of Yo-Yo Ma’s extensive catalog (he has over 80 released albums), all personally picked by Yo-Yo Ma. The included booklet will provide new liner notes, and a wealth of photographs, etc. All of his Grammy Award-winning albums are included in this box.
RTQB Records will release Live At Stubb’s, Vol III by Matisyahu, on October 2. The live set was from a recorded show in March of 2015.
The Steven Wilson remix of Gentle Giant’s Octopus is planned for October 30.
Sacred Bones Records plan to release Polish Night Music from David Lynch and Marek Zebrowski. It’s scheduled for October 16 for 2LPs!
Omnivore Recordings will release the new album from Peter Case (The Nerves, Solo), HWY 62, on October 30. The new album is planned for CD, DD, and a yellow vinyl LP edition with download card for the digital files included.
American Records will reissue Tom Petty‘s Highway Companion on vinyl LP, scheduling the disc for November 27.
BTW, it IS Mothership on CD that will join the re-release of the Led Zeppelin title on vinyl LP, with both scheduled for November 6. It is strongly a re-injection into the marketplace of a depleted stock.
Omnivore Records has planned the 2CD Collection of Buck ‘Em! Volume 2 – The Music Of Buck Owens (1967-1975), for November 13.
Herb Alpert Presents will reissue Christmas Album (1968) by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass. It will feature a new remaster. It is scheduled for release on October 23.
Bar/None Records will release Incidental Hum by Glenn Mercer (The Feelies) on October 9. This 15-track album will be issued on CD and vinyl LP. On the LP, four of the tracks found on the CD will not be included on vinyl. However, download rights will be included. The tracks represents three covers (“Over The Rainbow”, “Here Come The Warm Jets”, “Third Stone From the Sun”, plus will include “Salem”).
In a previous post, I gave a hint of a Led Zeppelin title. Since, I’ve come across the tracklist of the CD being mentioned as having a release date of November 6, discovering that the list is the same as that of Mothership. Of course, that makes it a ‘best of” with the exact tracklist of Mothership. My guess is that it is just simply a “refill” of the album to the marketplace, or it’s a repackage. Regardless, it’s Mothership to all. It is important to note again that Mothership is on the calendar as a 4LP, 180g-weight vinyl reissue for the same November 6 date.
Other mysteries remain.
On November 13, continuing with the collectible David Bowie picture disc singles, Rhino and Parlophone will release a 40th Anniversary “Golden Years” with the following track-list: “Golden Years” (Single Version) b/w “Station To Station” (Single Edit). Both the A & AA side features photos by Steve Schapiro, with the AA side a previously unseen shot. “Golden Years” is a 2014 remaster while “Station To Station” is a 2010 remaster.
DFA Records have a 12″ vinyl Maxi-single coming for LCD Soundsystem. Although the band is no more, it’s nice to see this track, originally issued back in 2004, coming back and cut in 45RPM vinyl. This disc will offer “Yr City’s A Sucker” (the full 12″ version), and an instrumental version of the same track. Fan collectible. (Side note: It’s a tremendous blast of fun to see the old ways being reconvened. The late ’70s, and the early ’80s offered such collectibles constantly. YAY!)
An update on the upcoming Natalie Merchant set, Tigerlily: The New Recordings, have a stand-alone CD of the new title being added to the LP, DD, and CD/DVD Deluxe Edition offerings. All sets are on the calendar for November 6. (Original TAP post here.)
Sounds True Records will be offering a new October Project album, The Book Of Rounds, scheduled for October 30. The 21-track CD set are an accumulation of tracks designed to be affirmations and mantras for the assist of creating positive effects and personal transformations. The music can be sampled on YouTube. I’ve provided one – “Grace”- (which leads to others):
Chicago band, The Urge Overkill, whose cover of Neil Diamond‘s “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon” was effectively used in Pulp Fiction, recorded a six-track EP called Stull back in 1992. Stull contained the previously mentioned song. On October 30, Touch & Go Records will reissue it as a vinyl offering.
On October 16, Dine Alone Music will release a new Alberta Cross album. The album is self-titled and follows five previously recorded sets including their Geffen (US) debut, The Thief & The Heartbreaker (here reviewed by me in 2007).
Spinefarm Records will release Pylon by Killing Joke, scheduling the album for October 23. Expected on CD, DD, and 2CD Deluxe Edition.
ATO Records will release a 3CD live set for Drive-By Truckers called It’s Great To Be Alive!. It’s planned for October 30.
Polydor Records will release a 6CD Live set for The Jam called Fire And Skill: The Jam Live, on October 30. The clamshell box contains each set in gate-fold wallet sleeves, and a hard-back book.
Mercury Records plan a 20th Anniversary of Relish (1995) by Joan Osborne. The set is scheduled for October 30.
Here are just a few notes that you should be made aware of:
Atlantic Records will be releasing something entitled Led Zeppelin (could be a re-release of an exhausted Led Zeppelin I reissue, or something else. I don’t know.). It’s planned for November 6. More details as they become available.
The Bad Company ‘best of’, Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy – The Very Best Of Bad Company, has been bumped to October 2.
Time Life will release a 3CD/DVD set of I Saw The Light: The Unreleased Recordings featuring the music of Hank Williams. This is planned for October 16.
Rhino Records will reissue two Expanded and Remastered Van Morrison titles that include Astral Weeks, and His Band And the Street Choir. Both are slated for October 30.
Warner Brothers will be re-releasing Stay With Me, the 2012, 36-track collection of Faces tracks. This Faces Anthology retains the 2006 remasters. It is scheduled for re-release on October 23.
Reprise Records will reissue Once More ‘Round The Sun, the 2014 album by Mastodon, on a collectible 2LP set with transparent green/solid white colored vinyl. It’s scheduled for October 6.
In March, World Music Network released A Rough Guide To Blind Boy Fuller. On October 30, the label will re-release that remaster on vinyl LP.
Atlantic Records and Swansong will reissue Mothership, the 2007 24-track remastered Led Zeppelin collection, this time on 180g-weight vinyl in a 4LP gatefold package. It is expected on November 6.
The 1993 The Magnetic Fields 3CD Boxset will be remastered and repackaged in a 10″ vinyl Box that will put the three discs into separate double-gatefold sets, and add in a full-sized original booklet. 69 Love Songs is scheduled for November 6.
Rhino Records will reissue the 12-track ‘best of’ Profile, featuring Emmylou Harris, on vinyl LP scheduling for November 3. This 1978 issue contains music from Harris’ first four Reprise albums (Pieces of the Sky – 1975, Elite Hotel – 1975, Luxury Liner – 1976, Quarter Moon In Ten Cent Town – 1978).
Autumn Tone Records will release the new album from the Chicago 3-member band,Yoko and the Oh No’s, planning the CD and LP releases for October 30. This band is interesting in that they are one of a few that mimic the late ’70s NYC indie styles of glam and abandon. And the lead singer is just graduated from HS. Looks like an early career start if they can maintain the interest. Check out the new album’s bluesy single video of “She Ain’t Mine” (below), and live footage of “James Baxter” from a Beat Kitchen club show (Chicago on Belmont). I’m impressed! And I like ’em!
The 1995 classic, Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette, is being remastered and expanded for a 2CD Deluxe Edition, and a packed 4CD Collector’s Edition. Both sets are planned for release on October 30.
Three new vinyl re-releases of classic titles are expected that include (and the date they’re expected):
Jackie Brown OMPS (180g-weight vinyl) – October 27
Stadium Arcadium – Red Hot Chili Peppers – October 23 (remastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray). This 2LP set will be issued in two styles: a 2LP Standard Edition at 150g-weight, and a Deluxe Edition with 4LPs at 180g-weight, housed in a silver Box with two 16-page booklets included.
Love Is Here – Starsailor – October 20. This 2001 title will be pressed on 180g-weight vinyl. It is being reissued via Parlophone Records.
Star Wars – Wilco – October 13. This album is planned to be re-released on 180g-weight vinyl LP and will contain a download-rights card.
One Size Fits All – Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention – October 16.
300 Entertainment will release new Coheed And Cambria music with The Color Before The Sun. This title is planned for vinyl (with a bonus CD inclusion), and the CD set. It will be offered on October 16.
UDR Records will be releasing a new Saxon album, Battering Ram, on CD, LP, DD, and a Limited Edition Box set. It is scheduled for October 16.
Vapor Records will release Dakota by Billy Talbot Band on October 9.
Metal band, Trivium, will release their eleven-track new album, Silence In the Snow, on October 2 via Roadrunner Records.
The new and anticipated Paper Kites album, twelvefour, will be released on CD, DD on August 28, however, its vinyl version is being delayed until October 9. Delays in vinyl titles are being attributed to an overload of pressing requests at all available vinyl plants…in the world!
Herb Alpert will release his next album through his own label (Herb Alpert Presents) on September 25. The new album, Come Fly With Me, will be released on CD, DD, and 180g-weight vinyl LP.
Verve Records will release a reissue of Wallflower by Diana Krall in a The Complete Sessions Deluxe Edition on September 18. It’s scheduled for CD and DD.
You may have missed our announcement of the 19-track, Paul Rodgers-era Bad Company ‘best of’ collection, Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy: The Very Best Of Bad Company. If you had, then note that it is scheduled for CD on September 25.
New Machine Recordings will release new Silversun Pickups album, Better Nature, on September 25. It will be made available on CD, DD, and vinyl LP. This is the LA-based band’s fourth studio album.
And finally, our pal, Joe Marchese, over at The Second Disc has announced a PBS-only special release of The Complete Singles featuring the music of Carpenters. It contains 66 tracks and will offer a 16-page booklet that has liner notes written by Joe Marchese. Hop over to The Second Disc to get a write-up far more detailed than I could ever write up (and prettier,too!).
The final three of the official Led Zeppelin catalog now have a date set for their day in the sun. As with the previous LedZep classics that have been remastered and expanded in definitive editions, so will it be for Presence (1976), In Through The Out Door (1979), and Coda (1982).
On July 31, Swan Song / Atlantic Records will push the remaining three out into the marketplace. Each album can be experienced – like the previous reissues – as laden Super Deluxe Editions, multi-disc Deluxe Editions, single CD, 180g-weight Deluxe Edition vinyl LPs, single 180g-weight LP, and digital downloads (including hi-resolution files).
Presence will be most represented by a 2CD/2LP Super Deluxe Edition with an 88-page hardback book, download card of all digital files, and more:
01. Achilles Last Stand
02. For Your Life
03. Royal Orleans
04. Nobody s Fault But Mine
05. Candy Store Rock
06. Hots On For Nowhere
07. Tea For One
01. Two Ones Are Won
02. For Your Life (Reference Mix)
03. 10 Ribs & All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod)
04. Royal Orleans (Reference Mix)
05. Hots On For Nowhere (Reference Mix)
In Through The Out Door will be best represented by their Super Deluxe Edition package with 2CD/2LP, a companion 80-page hardback book, digital files download card, and much more:
01. In The Evening
02. South Bound Saurez
03. Fool In The Rain
04. Hot Dog
06. All My Love
07. I m Gonna Crawl
01. In The Evening (Rough Mix)
02. Southbound Piano (South Bound Saurez)
03. Fool In The Rain (Rough Mix)
04. Hot Dog (Rough Mix)
05. The Epic (Carouselambra – Rough Mix)
06. The Hook (All My Love – Rough Mix)
07. Blot (I m Gonna Crawl – Rough Mix)
Coda, the collection of Led Zeppelin outtakes released after the band’s demise, will be best represented by its Super Deluxe Edition Box with 3CD/2LP, a 72-page hardback book, 15 previously unreleased recordings from 1968-1974, and more:
01. We re Gonna Groove
02. Poor Tom
03. I Can t Quit You Baby
04. Walter s Walk
05. Ozone Baby
07. Bonzo s Montreux
08. Wearing And Tearing
01. We re Gonna Groove (Alternate Mix)
02. If It Keeps On Raining (When The Levee Breaks – Rough Mix)
03. Bonzo s Montreux (Mix Construction In Progress)
04. Baby Come On Home
05. Sugar Mama ( Mix)
06. Poor Tom (Instrumental Mix)
07. Travelling Riverside Blues (BBC Session)
08. Hey, Hey, What Can I Do
01. Four Hands (Four Sticks – Bombay Orchestra)
02. Friends (Bombay Orchestra)
03. St. Tristan s Sword (Rough Mix)
04. Desire (The Wanton Song – Rough Mix)
05. Bring It On Home (Rough Mix)
06. Walter s Walk (Rough Mix)
07. Everybody Makes It Through (In The Light – Rough Mix)
Of course, there is so much more to revel in, information-wise. To get the full info, including ordering links, simply go to Led Zeppelin’s website, and click away to everything that you could want to know about any and all of them (including past reissues).
I haven’t swatted a hornet’s nest in quite a while. And wondering things in this narrow mind of mine, I thought I would throw out a debate. But before I do, I’ll give my opinions.
I’ve always looked upon The Rolling Stones as the definitive Rock and Roll band. Yes, even more so than The Beatles. Of course, I must say that ideally, The Beatles set the stage better than anyone when it came to evolution of music…even better than The Stones. But, when you get down to album for album, I have to say that The Stones come out on top in my book. Not for the number of albums produced, but for the quality of Rock and Roll with a brilliant mix of blues, R&B, Soul, etc found throughout.
Of course, there’s the whole longevity argument. The Stones has survived decades when the Beatles gave up the ghost before the advent of the ’70s. To e fair, if you factor in very successful and diverse solo careers, the members of the Beatles trump The Stones. The only Stones with a halfway decent Solo career is Ron Wood, while members of The Beatles sold incredible numbers with their albums.
Now, some of you may choose to go with The Who, or The Kinks, or even another band of incredible worth.
Still (and here comes the fiery dart for you to swat away and return), I say The Stones are historically the greatest Rock and Roll band on the planet!
Physical Graffiti is the next in line Led Zeppelin reissue (as if this post really needed to be here). Of course, there is likely to be a soul who didn;t already know this but, just in case you didn’t know…!
On February 23 (UK), February 24 (US), SwanSong/Atlantic Records will reissue Led Zeppelin’s sixth studio album, which was a biggun’ with its two LPs. It contained “Kashmir”, (with the by now highly recognizable riff), “Houses Of The Holy”, “In My Time Of Dying”, “Trampled Under Foot”, and more that makes Physical Graffiti one of Led Zeppelin’s more desirable releases.
The new set is planned for issue as a standard CD, DD, 3CD Deluxe Edition, 180g 2LP, 180g 3LP Deluxe Edition, and an all-inclusive Collector’s Edition Box set (3CD, 2LP, a well-stocked 96-page book, cover print, and download rights to hi-resolution audio (96k/24-bit).
The bonus tracks will include:
01. Brandy & Coke (Trampled Under Foot – Initial Rough Mix)
02. Sick Again (Early Version)
03. In My Time Of Dying (Initial Rough Mix)
04. Houses Of The Holy (Rough Mix With Overdubs)
05. Everybody Makes It Through (In The Light Early Version/In Transit)
06. Boogie With Stu (Sunset Sound Mix)
07. Driving Through Kashmir (Kashmir Rough Orchestra Mix)
I STILL think it’s cool that Mick Jagger filmed “Waiting On A Friend” at this building’s doorstep!
Well, a bit late to all this news (it happens…often), but in the interest of informing those who may NOT already know, here’s my coverage:
On October 28, Rhino Records and Atlantic Records plan the elaborate releases of two of Led Zeppelin‘s best releases (in my own opinion) in the ongoing series of Led Zeppelin expanded remasters, which started with with Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III earlier in the year.
Here’s the break down:
Led Zeppelin IV came out in the dawning era of the ’70s (1971). Contained within the grooves are what I believe to be some of the greatest tracks ever recorded, which include “Rock and Roll”, and “Black Dog”. And while I’m one who think that “Stairway To Heaven” is overrated in comparison to those two tracks, there are many who would disagree. It’s there, too!
With the new reissue, Led Zeppelin IV will offer not only the anticipated audio update, but some bonus tracks on the second CD found in versions except the single CD issue. Unfortunately, the bonus inclusions are not compelling enough to swing the deal on a 2CD (other than, perhaps, the alternate mix of “Rock and Roll”, which might lose its original flavor on subsequent replays). Nevertheless, the included bonus tracks are of interest to deep fans.
Led Zeppelin IV will offer:
Rock and Roll
The Battle Of Evermore
Stairway To Heaven
Misty Mountain Hop
Going To California
When The Levee Breaks
Black Dog (Basic track with guitar overdubs)
Rock and Roll (Alternate mix)
The Battle Of Evermore (Mandolin/Guitar mix from Headley Grange)
Stairway To Heaven (Sunset Sound mix)
Misty Mountain Hop (Alternate mix)
Four Sticks (Alternate mix)
Going To California (Mandolin/Guitar mix)
When the Levee Breaks (Alternate UK mix in progress)
The versions included will be a single CD, a 2CD set, a single LP, a 2LP set, the Super Deluxe Box, and DD.
Also being released on the same October 28 date will be my personal favorite of the Led Zeppelin catalog, Houses Of The Holy. Released in 1973, this set delivered the excellent “Over The Hills And Far Away”, “Dancing Days”, “No Quarter”, “D’yer Mak’er”, and well, the whole album really. With this fresh reissue, the original gets its audio makeover with new packaging, as well as a set of bonus tracks (again, not compelling enough by themselves. Where are the recorded outtakes that never made it to the album?).
Houses Of The Holy will provide:
The Song Remains the Same
The Rain Song
Over The Hills And Far Away
The Song Remains The Same (Guitar overdub reference mix)
The Rain Song (Mix minus piano)
Over The Hills And Far Away (Guitar mix backing track)
The Crunge (Rough mix – Keys Up)
Dancing Days (Rough mix with vocal)
No Quarter (John Paul Jones keyboard overdubs – no vocal)
The Ocean (Working mix)
As with Led Zeppelin IV, the offerings here include single CD, 2CD Deluxe, single LP, 2LP set, DD, and the Super Deluxe Box set.
The offered flavors of releases will include a single CD (for those satisfied with just an updated audio disc) repackaged in gatefold digipak; a 2CD Deluxe Edition with original album, the bonus tracks disc, all repackaged in a gatefold digipak; the original album on 180g-weight vinyl LP packaged in original sleeve offering, a 2LP set with the second 180g-weight LP containing the bonus tracks; high definition Digital Downloads of all tracks; and the massive Super Deluxe Edition Box with the following benefits –
Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve
Companion audio on CD in card wallet featuring new alternate cover art
Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing
Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve with new alternate cover art
High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit
Hard bound, 80 page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia
High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered in 96kHz/24-bit
Whatever your desire, these next additions to the ongoing Led Zeppelin catalog expanded remasters should spark an interest in many fans.