In less than a month, Led Zeppelin are reissuing their first three albums as deluxe, remastered box sets with previously unheard mixes and live versions of songs, as well as one unreleased tune. As a teaser for Led Zeppelin II, the hard rockers released the radio edit of a rough mix of “Whole Lotta Love,” which features a different take on Jimmy Page‘s experimental guitar effects, only a little of Robert Plant’s trippy vocal wails and none of his pyrotechnic guitar solo.
The deluxe edition of Led Zeppelin II, which will come out alongside similarly extravagant versions of Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin III on June 3rd, features alternate mixes of five songs, the backing tracks of “Thank You” and “Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman)” and a previously unreleased song called “La La.” All three albums come in different configurations including a remastered single-disc version (with no bonus tracks), two-disc deluxe versions, various LP formats and digital download. The “Super Deluxe Boxed Set” of each album also includes a hardbound book and a high-quality print of the album cover.
In April, Rolling Stone premiered live versions of “Good Times Bad Times” and “Communication Breakdown” that the group recorded in Paris in 1969, before the release of Led Zeppelin II. The second disc of Led Zeppelin will feature the group’s full Paris performance.
In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2012, Page said the reason he wanted to work on the remasters was to offer new “sonic and visual” thrills to the group’s fans. “The catalog was last remastered 20 years ago,” he said. “That’s a long time. Everything is being transferred from analog to a higher-resolution digital format. That’s one of the problems with the Zeppelin stuff. It sounds ridiculous on MP3. You can’t hear what’s there properly.”