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THE FINAL THREE LED ZEPPELIN REISSUES – FULL DETAILS ANNOUNCED – JULY 31 RELEASE DATE SET – THE COUNTDOWN COMMENCES

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IMPORTANT TBL NEWS UPDATE:  LED ZEPPELIN – THE FINAL THREE REISSUES:

Atlantic/Swan Song have today officially announced the full details, track listing, formats and release date for the final three Led Zeppelin releases in the Led Zeppelin reissue series.

Presence, In Through The Out Door and Coda will be issued across multi formats on July 31, 2015.

Here is all the info via the official press release embargoed until 3pm today:

Reissue Program Concludes With Deluxe Editions Of

PresenceIn Through The Out Door, And Coda, Each Newly Remastered By Jimmy Page, With Previously Unreleased Companion Audio

Multiple CD, Vinyl, And Digital Formats,

Including Limited Edition Super Deluxe Boxed Set, Available July 31st

Deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin’s final three studio albums: PresenceIn Through The Out Door, and Coda will be released in July. The reaction to the first six Led Zepplin album reissues has been extraordinary, with albums charting in the Top 10 around the globe whilst also garnering 5-star reviews and other critical accolades along the way.

As with the previous deluxe editions, PresenceIn Through The Out Door, and Coda have been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by companion audio comprised of previously unreleased music related to the original release selected and compiled by Page.

Presence, In Through The Out Door, and Coda will each be available July 31 from Atlantic/Swan Song in the following formats:

  • Single CD – Remastered original album. Presence and Coda will be packaged in a gatefold card wallet. All CD and LP versions of In Through The Out Door will be wrapped in a brown paper page replicating its initial release.
  • Deluxe Edition (2CD and 3CD) – Remastered album, plus a second disc of unreleased companion audio. Coda will feature two companion audio discs.
  • Single LP – Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP’s first pressing in exacting detail. All vinyl versions of In Through The Out Door will also include the water-sensitive insert that replicates the inner sleeve from the album’s initial release.  
  • Deluxe Edition Vinyl – Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 180-gram vinyl. Coda will feature two companion LPs.
  • Digital Download – Remastered album and companion audio will both be available.
  • Super Deluxe Boxed Set – This collection includes:
    • Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve.
    • Companion audio on CD in card wallet.
    • Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing.
    • Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
    • High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit.
    • Hard bound, 72+ 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.
    • presence album sleeve

 

Originally released in 1976, Presence was recorded during a whirlwind 18-day session at Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany. The album—which peaked at #1 in both the U.S. and UK and was certified triple platinum—crackles with energy on Zeppelin classics like “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” and  “Achilles Last Stand” and delivers powerful jolts of the group at its visceral best.

The companion audio disc that accompanies Presence has five unreleased reference mixes from the sessions, which reveal works in progress. Along with alternate incarnations of “For Your Life” “Achilles Last Stand” and “Royal Orleans,” there is also the previously unheard instrumental curiously titled “10 Ribs & All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod).”

On its release in the summer of 1979, In Through The Out Door topped the U.S. and UK album charts and has since been certified six-times platinum. Sadly, it would be the last album that Led Zeppelin recorded prior to drummer John Bonham’s passing the following year. Among the seven album tracks are “Fool In The Rain” and “All My Love,” two songs that remain rock radio staples to this day.

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The album’s companion audio disc features an unreleased rough mix of every track from the original album, including early versions with working titles such as “The Hook” (“All My Love”),  “The Epic” (“Carouselambra”), and “Blot” (“I’m Gonna Crawl”).

The appropriately titled Coda was Led Zeppelin’s final album of studio recordings. Released in 1982, it was comprised of eight unreleased tracks recorded between 1970 and 1978. It peaked at #6 on the album charts and has been certified platinum in the U.S.

The reissue campaign ends with a double-barrel blast of Led. Coda will be the only Led Zeppelin deluxe edition to include two companion discs, featuring 15 tracks recorded between 1968 and 1974. The oldest song in the collection is also perhaps the most interesting. The frenetic blues jam “Sugar Mama” was recorded in 1968 at Olympic Studios during sessions for the band’s eponymous debut. The song was completed but never officially released until now. “Baby Come On Home” from the same session is also included in the set. Also included is the previously unreleased “St. Tristan’s Sword,” a rollicking instrumental recorded during the Led Zeppelin III sessions in 1970.

In 1972, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page took a fabled trip to India to perform with the Bombay Orchestra and now, for the first time, recordings from these sessions will be officially released with dynamic takes on “Friends” and “Four Hands” (“Four Sticks” from Led Zeppelin IV). Among the many other highlights featured here is an early version of “When The Levee Breaks” from 1970 titled “If It Keeps On Raining”; rough mixes of “The Wanton Song” and “In The Light,” from the Physical Graffiti sessions at Headley Grange, the latter a different alternate version than the one included in the Physical Graffiti deluxe edition; and an instrumental mix of “Poor Tom” from 1970.

In 1968, Jimmy Page formed Led Zeppelin, one of the most influential, innovative and successful groups in modern music, having sold more than 300 million albums worldwide. The band rose from the ashes of The Yardbirds, when Page brought in Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones. In 1969, Led Zeppelin released its self-titled debut. It marked the beginning of a 12-year reign, during which the group was widely considered to be the biggest and most innovative rock band in the world.

Led Zeppelin continues to be honored for its pivotal role in music history. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and a year later was awarded with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm. Founding members Page, Plant, and Jones, and along with Jason Bonham, the son of John Bonham – took the stage at London’s O2 Arena in 2007 to headline a tribute concert for Ahmet Ertegun, a dear friend and Atlantic Records’ founder. The band was honored for its lifetime contribution to American culture at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012. In January of 2014, the band won their first ever Grammy award as Celebration Day, which captured their live performance at the Ertegun tribute concert, was named Best Rock Album

Presence

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Track Listing

  1. “Achilles Last Stand”
  2. “For Your Life”
  3. “Royal Orleans”
  4. “Nobody’s Fault But Mine”
  5. “Candy Store Rock”
  6. “Hots On For Nowhere”
  7. “Tea For One”

Companion Audio

  1. “Two Ones Are Won”  (Achilles Last Stand      – Reference Mix)
  2. “For Your Life”  (Reference Mix)
  3. “10 Ribs & All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod)” (Reference Mix)
  4. “Royal Orleans” (Reference Mix)
  5. “Hots On For Nowhere” (Reference Mix)

In Through The Out Door

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Track Listing

  1. “In The Evening”
  2. “South Bound Saurez”
  3. “Fool In The Rain”
  4. “Hot Dog”
  5. “Carouselambra”
  6. “All My Love”
  7. “I’m Gonna Crawl”

Companion Audio

  1. “In The Evening” (Rough Mix)
  2. “Southbound Piano” (South Bound Saurez –      – Rough Mix)
  3. “Fool In The Rain” (Rough Mix)
  4. “Hot Dog” (Rough Mix)
  5. “The Epic” (Carouselambra – Rough Mix)
  6. “The Hook” (All My Love – Rough Mix)
  7. “Blot”  (I’m Gonna Crawl – Rough Mix)

Coda

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Track Listing

  1. “We’re Gonna Groove”
  2. “Poor Tom”
  3. “I Can’t Quit You Baby”
  4. “Walter’s Walk”
  5. “Ozone Baby”
  6. “Darlene”
  7. “Bonzo’s Montreux”
  8. “Wearing And Tearing”

Companion Audio

Disc One

  1. “We’re Gonna Groove”  (Alternate Mix)
  2. “If It Keeps On Raining” (When The Levee

Breaks – Rough Mix)

  1. “Bonzo’s Montreux” (Mix Construction In        Progress)
  2. “Baby Come On Home”
  3. “Sugar Mama” ( Mix)
  4. “Poor Tom” (Instrumental Mix)
  5. “Travelling Riverside Blues” (BBC Session)
  6. “Hey, Hey, What Can I Do”

 Disc Two

  1. “Four Hands“ (Four Sticks – Bombay Orchestra)
  2. “Friends” (Bombay Orchestra)
  3. “St. Tristan’s Sword” (Rough Mix)
  4. “Desire” (The Wanton Song – Rough Mix)
  5. “Bring It On Home” (Rough Mix)
  6. “Walter’s Walk” (Rough Mix)
  7. “Everybody Makes It Through” (In The  Light – Rough Mix)

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Initial DL Thoughts:

Now for the finale…

Unlike the sheer bravado of the first three Led Zeppelin albums, the assured confidence of Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy and the embarrassment of riches to be found on Physical Graffiti, the final three Led Zeppelin studio albums were entirely different propositions.

Due to various misfortunes and tragic events, for Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul jones and John Bonham, what had once been so effortless, was now something of an effort.

Therefore, Presence, In Through The Out Door and Coda were more challenging than their previous releases. I know I have gone through periods of falling in and out of love with these albums to varying degrees over varying times.

Led Zeppelin was never about perfection. You had to really work at fully appreciating the content during this era, but when it all came together all three hit home – and in some ways, these are the most fulfilling albums of their career -not least due to the circumstances that they came into being.

As for the Presence – this is the Page-driven Led Zeppelin as a pure unadulterated rock and roll band firing in the studio as never before… and as they never would again. It’s also the nearest they ever got to capturing, over a complete album, the unpredictable edge and power of their on-stage performances within a studio environment.

On Presence, In Through The Out Door and Coda, the fragility and vulnerability of Led Zeppelin is laid bare for all to hear. This is the real heart and soul of the band and there is so much to admire…

With all that in mind, the opportunity to re investigate the final three Led Zeppelin studio albums in newly remastered and reissued form, is going to be an absolutely enlightening experience for fans the world over.

As for the Companion Discs…

Presence:

Two Ones Are Won  the working reference mix version of Achilles last Stand – a truly mouth-watering prospect – as is the bizarrely titled 10 Ribs & All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod) – a seven minute instrumental – where an earth has that been hiding!

In Through the Out Door:

Plenty of rough mixes on here and nice to see working titles deployed for Carouselambra, All My Love and I’m Gonna Crawl. No doubt Jimmy will elaborate on all this in the coming weeks media blitz.

Coda:

As we all hoped, Jimmy has used Coda as something of a catch all with two Companion Discs. This is a fascinating outpouring of the archive – great to see Sugar Mama and the two Bombay Session tracks Four Hands (Four Sticks) and Friends given an official release after so many years on bootleg. It will be interesting to hear how If It Keeps On Raining (When The Levee Breaks Rough Mix) and Everybody Makes It Through (In the Light Rough Mix) differ from the already released alternate versions. Aside from the welcomed Coda companion material, Bring it On Home (Rough Mix) and Desire (The Wanton Song Rough Mix) adds to the diverse nature of the line up. Then there is St Tristan’s Sword – something I really thought was a myth but hey what do I know…because here it is, a Page instrumental recorded at Island Studios in December 1970 – a final surprise.

Bring ’em on!

As you can tell – I’m well excited – as I am sure you are too.

The summer of Led Zeppelin 2015?  Yes indeed.

Let me know your initial thoughts on the announcement and content of these final three reissues.

I am going to absolutely revel in the prospect ahead in the coming weeks and as usual, the various TBL forums of the TBL website, Facebook and magazine will be reflecting on all this and building the expectation.

So, in keeping with previous reissue releases – it’s time for the countdown to begin:  

TBL countdown to the release of the final three Led Zeppelin reissue  – Presence, In Through The Out Door and Coda  –  58 days to go and counting:

Presence, In Through The Out Door and Coda are coming…so get ready to party like it’s 1976, 1979 and 1982… 

Dave Lewis  –   June 3, 2015.

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Until next time…Keep listening, keep reading…

Dave Lewis/Gary Foy – June 3, 2015

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24 Comments »

  • Bob Flux said:

    Alas, no sight of the infamous “Jersey Jam” with Norman Hale!! I honestly thought this would finally get a release on the Presence companion disc owing to its mighty stature amongst long-standing Zeppelin fans like me! Maybe with some video, too? How crushingly disappointed I am. Why does nobody ever think of interviewing Norman Hale, either? His insights into that phenomenal concert would be revelatory and fascinating! Yeah!

  • Malcolm B said:

    Well I only hoped that Jimmy would have a grand plan for Coda and he certainly does! There are some really fascinating things to look forward to on the companion discs. Zeppelin will fly again. Can’t wait!

  • John said:

    Why no “Swan Song” and “Take Me Home” from the Physical Graffiti sessions, and why no “Fire” from the ITTOD sessions? I know these are available on boots, but fans have been hoping to get these in decent sound quality for years.

  • Tony Butler said:

    Well to be honest I was really excited when it was announced that there was companion discs with the re-issues but I have felt really let down with some of the stuff I’ve heard and in some instances I could not distinguish between the remastered original v the so called mix/remix! I have bought them only because I am a big big fan unfortunately now waning..I’m sure Jimmy page has mountains of stuff that’s far better??

  • Graham Rodger said:

    Just been on the blower to HMV regarding the release date. It seems that, starting in July 2015, some new releases are going to be made available on Fridays here in the UK, rather than Mondays, due to the fact that (a) Friday is a slow day, sales-wise, and (b) to avoid competition amongst new releases, currently all released on the same day (Monday) and all competing for your hard-earned cash.

    The final three Led Zeppelin releases will be released on a Friday. One week earlier, on Friday 24th July, you’ll also be able to get the newly remixed and remastered Roger Waters album Amused To Death in multiple formats… on a Friday.

    Bang goes the early-Monday-morning-waiting-outside-HMV-for-the-shutter-to-go-up ritual.

  • kevin said:

    why no “swan song” on coda? that’s the only thing that disappoints me.

  • Stanley said:

    Looking forward to these

    I hope the rough mixes of In Through the Out Door sound less cluttered than original mix.

  • Mike Wilkinson said:

    Ordered them all obviously but hoping that I get three numbered ones this time as the descriptions didn’t say for sure that they would be.
    Hey ho, I loved them all at the time, reminding me of a variety of situations in my life at the time(s).
    Holiday in Torquay and begging the landlady to let me play In Through The Out Door on their radiogram on it’s day of release!
    Discussing Poor Tom with Mol (now long dead from cancer at 26).
    Ah, those were the days.
    Once I have them all in my sticky mitts, I’ll be sitting down to have a good look at the books – not opened any one of them yet. I want to o/d on them all in one go!
    Bring it on, 60 or so days to go.

  • del said:

    Yep really looking forward to these super deluxe editions if for no other reason than its the end of the massive spending !!! joking aside the Coda one looks mouth watering can’t wait!!

  • Stephen said:

    I really hope the rough mixes of ITTOD are a revelation. Here’s hoping the muddiness is lost and Plants vocals are louder in the mix. Could be fantastic. But, it still begs the question, where’s Swan Song from PG?

  • Graham Rodger said:

    Released on a Friday…? Surely that can’t be right.

  • andrew r said:

    Some have criticised Page for the non content of some of these releases
    but looking at these final three and then back at the preceding six
    I think he has done a fabulous job of updating the legacy. Personally
    i have always struggled with ITTOD not so much content wise but with the sound and overall production. this is the one i am most interested in.A fitting end to
    Jim’s labour of love.
    P.S. does anyone know if i am going to have to assemble six different
    copies this time?

  • Andy J said:

    I remember buying Presence on the day of its release in 1976. Still intrigues me now. Took a while to get into but “Achilles” may be their best song ever. I never really took to “Outdoor”, again bought on the day of release in ’79. It never seems quite “Zep” to me, although “Carouselambra” has its moments. “Coda” was a nice surprise at the time as came across it in my local record store a few weeks after its release. Anyway, my order have been placed for this final round of releases, although has anyone else notices that the Presence deluxe vinyl is not currently available at Amazon UK?

  • Dave M said:

    A mouth-watering prospect.
    As Dave L mentioned, the recorded output of LZ over this period is sometimes “challenging”.
    Presence is their album that still most intrigues me.
    It’s difficult, but it’s definitely got a certain something.
    I’ve tried my hardest to get under its skin because it’s by “them”.
    And I’ve often wondered – to the extent of dreaming about it! – what music might have been made had Jimmy had his acoustic guitars and JPJ his keyboards in Munich during the recording.
    Looking forward to seeing what this “10 ribs” thing is all about…
    Roll on July 31.

  • Ed-Washington DC said:

    Anxious to hear this final round of releases. I’ve always held this era, or really Graffiti onwards, as my favorite period of the band history because it was pretty well when I came onboard.

    As for the “Outdoor” release specifically, I will be curious to see what if anything is to be done with its original mix, which was inexplicably murky to these ears. Vocals buried in the din and a lack of aural distinction to the instruments. Or maybe Page did the best he could with the limits of the Polar Studios at the time.

    The companion discs are of course intriguing, the last of which is the Coda set. I am reminded of a grand fireworks extravaganza ending, befitting of a Page project of this magnitude.

  • Ian Avey said:

    Wow! it looks like the best has been saved for last. It is great to see the track list for these releases. Sugar Mama will be fantastic to have to have in high quality. The unreleased instrumentals sound intriguing. St Tristan’s sword will be really interesting to hear as I think it had been suggested in recent years that it was maybe just a working title for No Quarter, but now apparently not.
    And – 10 ribs and all/Carrot pod pod (pod)? What is that all about?
    Roll on July 31st!

  • Matt O'Kane said:

    Though no doubt it’s place in the listing order means logically it will be Nobody’s Fault, just amusingly named….

  • Matt O'Kane said:

    Just a little bit exciting Dave (understatement!!)
    Will the Presence instrumental be the intro to Tea For One? I always thought that would have been a great track in its own right if extended

  • Steve said:

    Jimmy always said that the final releases would contain a few surprises and with the double disc with Coda he has delivered 🙂

  • Ross Galvin said:

    I can take or leave the Rough/Alt mixes of the first two, but Coda has certainly piqued my interest more than any other release. Thankfully Sugar Mama gets an official release, as do the Bombay sessions, but most of all it’s interesting that “Travelling Riverside Blues” gets a look in but “The Girl I Love” and “Something Else” also from the Beeb sessions don’t. With only 8 & 7 tracks on each disc are they really using up the full potential of the CD or simply reflecting the length of the ‘long player’ versions???

    Ross

  • Roger Berlin said:

    …this is the end.

  • Tim C. said:

    Presence, and “Achilles Last Stand” in particular, changed the course of my life. Prior to Presence, I was a big Page fan. But hearing “Achilles” for the first time in the summer of 1985 made me determined to learn how to play guitar. Presence, in my opinion, features Page’s best guitar work. Every guitar solo on that album is a killer, but the solos on “For Your Life” and “Hots On For Nowhere”, in particular, are simply inspired and go beyond traditional rock and blues guitar.

    My only disappointment with the reissue is it would have been great to hear live versions of “Achilles” and “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” from the 1977 tour. But as Dave has pointed out on more than one occasion, the release of live material is not the focus of the reissues.

  • Richard Grubb said:

    Reading this is getting me as excited as I was for the first round of reissues, just over a year ago. Some real treasures waiting to be explored here. Jimmy has certainly validated the companion disc concept with Coda, something that, on occasion, has been a bit underwhelming.

    Let’s forget all that though, and look forward to the final stages of a remarkable campaign that sees the catalogue getting the care and attention it has deserved for so long!

    The clock is ticking down – enjoy the anticipation folks!

    RG

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