Essential Records: Led Zeppelin's 'IV'

Posted by Billy Gil, October 29, 2014 04:26pm | Post a Comment

Essential Records Led Zeppelin IV

Too much has been written about Led Zeppelin’s untitled fourth album. Its songs have so permeated every pore of popular culture that it’s nearly impossible to think of it with a clear head. But its ubiquity should not count against it.

Led Zeppelin IV is as wonderful and album to revisit on its new reissues as it is to discover for the first time. It is the sound of four of the greatest rock musicians of all time at the height of their powers. People who don’t listen to this are depriving themselves of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest thrill ride.

led zeppelin iv lpI remember hearing it for the first time when I was 12. My dad bought us the tape to listen to in the car on the way to guitar lessons with my brothers. (Yes, my dad was very cool for getting me and my brothers guitar lessons, but it was his way of making peace with us after he made us move from Southern California to Florida—FLORIDA.)

My older brother was 15 or 16 at the time and immediately fell in love. I didn’t. He was at the right age to appreciate. I liked it all right, but I kind of shrugged. Led Zeppelin sounded so old to me, and too boyish. It was 1994, and I was too busy listening to Green Day, The Cranberries, Nirvana and Stone Temple Pilots, my taste leaning toward punk-influenced grunge and female-fronted bands. My brother played that tape incessantly in the car, and we didn’t get along too well at the time, as teenage brothers often don’t, so I kind of hated it sometimes, to be honest. And there Led Zeppelin remained for me, a relic to be vaguely appreciated but not loved.

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Tickets for Jimmy Page in Conversation with Chris Cornell Available Now at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, October 12, 2014 02:50pm | Post a Comment

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On November 12, Jimmy Page and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell will explore the Led Zeppelin guitarist's personal archives in a special event at the beautifully restored Theatre at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Titled -- appropriately enough -- An Evening with Jimmy Page in Conversation with Chris Cornell, not only will the event serve as a publication party for Page's new photographic autobiography, it's also about as close as fans will get to sitting on a cozy old threadbare sofa with Page himself, drinking tea and looking through old photos together. In fact, it'll be even better than that because eventgoers will be able to view Page's personal collection of iconic photos, unseen memorabilia, and every single one of his passports all from the comfort of the plush theatre seating of the glamourous and historic Ace Hotel. Plus, everyone who purchases a ticket to the event will receive a copy of the book Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page (Genesis Publications).

Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page is the first ever autobiography by a member of Led Zeppelin. As the official photgraphic autobiography of Mr. Page, the book contains 600 photographs chosen by the man himself to tell the story of his remarkable life.

'I've been asked on a number of occasions to do a written book and I thought of the other side of the coin. I thought it would be unique to have an autobiography in photographs.' - Jimmy Page

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Led Zeppelin Release Alternate Mix of "Rain Song" Ahead of 'IV,' 'Houses of the Holy' Reissues

Posted by Billy Gil, September 29, 2014 08:10am | Post a Comment

led zeppelinLed Zeppelin on Oct. 27 will release reissues of their biggest album—their fourth, self-titled album from 1971, regularly dubbed IV, as well as its follow-up, Houses of the Holy. Ahead of those releases, the band has made available an alternate version of Houses' "The Rain Song," which you can hear via Pitchfork.

As with their reissues of I, II and III, the deluxe versions of these reissues will come with a bonus disc of previously unreleased tracks. The albums have been remastered by Led Zep guitarist Jimmy Page, who had this to say in a press release:

"The Rain Song" is the sort of piece of music that Led Zeppelin could approach and do so successfully and so masterfully. This whole genre of the sensitivity, where it can sort of caress you, it’s something that I’ve always been very proud of. The companion disc version is really a good blend of everything that’s actually being played.

The reissues will each come in CD, deluxe edition CD, vinyl, deluxe edition vinyl, digital download and vinyl versions, as well as a box set that includes both the CD and LP deluxe versions as well as a coffee table book with the cover art and other Led Zep goodies. Preorder below:

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Led Zeppelin Reissues 'IV,' 'Houses of the Holy,' Albums Out Oct. 28

Posted by Billy Gil, August 12, 2014 05:10pm | Post a Comment

Led Zeppelin Reissues

The next round of Led Zeppelin reissues (after the band reissued its first, second and third untitled LPs) are its classic 1971 fourth album (also untitled, but generally referred to as IV) and 1973’s follow-up, Houses of the Holy.

You can now preorder Led Zeppelin IV on LP, Deluxe LP, Super Deluxe LP, CD or Deluxe CD, and House of the Holy on LP, Deluxe LP, Super Deluxe LP, CD or Deluxe CD on and they'll ship for FREE to the U.S. Both albums will arrive in stores October 28, 2014.

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Led Zeppelin Bow 'Whole Lotta Love' Rough Mix Ahead of Reissues

Posted by Billy Gil, May 27, 2014 02:26pm | Post a Comment

Next week, rock greats Led Zeppelin will reissue their first three albums, the unimpeachable run of Led Zeppelin I, II and III. Ahead of those June 3 releases, the Zep have unveiled a rough mix of the classic "Whole Lotta Love," which will appear on the reissue of Led Zeppelin II. Give it a stream below:

Here's what the band had to say about the mix, via RollingStone:

"This version of 'Whole Lotta Love' is the mix down from the night that we recorded it, so it doesn't have any of the overdubs that everyone will be familiar with, because when they hear this they'll think, 'Oh yeah, that's the original' and all of a sudden they'll go 'No, it's not,'" Robert Plant said in a statement.

"You can see how songs grow," Jimmy Page said. "There must have been five or six other takes of that, which are not present. So the shaping of these things is very interesting and you can hear with this particular version that we haven't quite reached the point yet, and that it's very, very close."

Each of the three albums have been remastered, and their deluxe versions include bonus tracks. Led Zeppelin I will have a bonus concert recorded live in Paris in October 1969. II's bonus disc has this version of "Whole Lotta Love," plus a never-released song, "La La," and the backing tracks for "Thank You" and "Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)." III has the instrumental that would become "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp," called "Jennings Farm Blues," plus and instrumental version of "Out on the Titles" (called "Bathroom Sound") and a blues medley of "Key to the Highway" and "Trouble in Mind."

You can preorder all three albums in various versions below:

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