As any music lover knows, being a diehard fan of a specific artist can often lead to a lot of spending. That’s especially true for anyone who absolutely needs to own every piece of music released by said artist. And for the Led Zeppelin faithful out there, you’re all about to get hit with a mighty wallet wallop.
On June 3, the group is rereleasing its first three albums as part of a campaign to rerelease its entire (!) nine-album catalogue. As outlined on the official Led Zeppelin site, the audio has been remastered and there’s been a lot of digging through the vaults to find new material to share with listeners. While there will be a single-disc option (on CD and vinyl) for anyone who just wants to hear the remastered songs, you will also find deluxe editions with a companion disc (and a mighty box set beyond that filled with goodies).
So why would anyone be interested in these rereleases? Well, it’s all about that companion disc, which is different for each album. Attached to Led Zeppelin I, for example, there is a previously unreleased live recording of the band’s Oct. 10, 1969 performance at the Olympia in Paris, France. That show included a 15-minute version of “Dazed and Confused” (awesome) along with early takes on “Moby Dick” and “Heartbreaker,” both of which appeared on the band’s follow-up. As for the other two albums, you’ll hear outtakes, alternate versions/mixings, and similar.
But what can you do until June 3? Good question, but that’s where some additional research surrounding one of music’s most beloved bands comes into play. In looking for ways to fill the void, I came up with a few options related to Zeppelin and, in one case, former guitarist Jimmy Page.
With the poker boom of the early 2000s leading to a surging popularity surrounding the sport, chances are you have taken part in a game or two (or many more). If so, you should make you’re combining your love of ’60s and ’70s rock with your favorite musical acts. Let’s say you’re new to poker, though, and feeling inspired to give it a shot after hearing the guys’ take on BB King classic “Gambler’s Blues”. Well, first you’ll need to learn the ropes so that you’re not the laughing stock of the table. Don’t worry, it doesn’t take long get accustomed to the game, though mastering it will take a lifetime. From there, you’ll need to right set of chips and cards to accompany your poker night—that’s where these bad boys come in. Get one for yourself and, who knows, maybe no one will notice if your game isn’t up to snuff.
If a (perhaps new) game like that isn’t enough to fill the void, you could also attempt to catch one of of Page’s upcoming speaking engagements. As a means of promoting the remastered albums, he’s heading to the Agganis Arena in Boston, Massachusetts on May 9 and the L’Olympia in Paris, France on May 21. The only problem? They’re both pretty much invite-only affairs. The first is actually for the Berklee College of Music’s commencement while the second is a full-on premier-like event that will feature music from the albums and insight from Page himself. If you (like most of us) can’t make it to Paris, you can always just watch it from home on the band’s YouTube channel.
Below you can watch the trailer for the deluxe/remastered ‘Led Zeppelin II’ below.