Well this week I listened to all 9 Led Zeppelin deluxe albums that Jimmy Page just put out. It was great to re-listen to all the Led Zep studio albums and it was even better to listen to all the unreleased material that Jimmy included on the deluxe albums.
The albums sounded great too! Much improved in sound quality… why do you think they’re called “remasters”? They’re called “remasters” so they can master them all over again for a better sound, ya know? Make ’em more listenable like I said before.
Anyway, while I do love all Led Zeppelin albums, there is one Led Zep album that I admittedly don’t really like. That album is of course, “In Through The Outdoor”. While I do have most Led Zep albums on CD, the only one I don’t have is “In Through The Outdoor” ’cause it wasn’t a good Led Zep album. Why wasn’t that album good? Well, basically it’s because that John Paul Jones did most of the writing of that record. The band decided to give Jonesy most of the songwriting contribution to that record to see what direction they would take with the music. It turns out that Jonesy writes songs differently than the other guys for sure. “In Through The Outdoor” wasn’t a great record ’cause it didn’t feel like a Led Zeppelin album. The album was too mellow and I expect to hear a hard rockin’ Led Zep, ya know what I mean?
Back to the deluxe editions, these were pretty cool to listen to. I really enjoyed hearing the unreleased material. You get to hear different versions of the well-known songs and there are plenty of unreleased songs too.
A lot of important history with these albums as you listen to them. My favorite part of these Deluxe albums is that there are some songs that while the songs are playing you can hear the song getting “mixed” while it’s being played so Jimmy must be at the mixing board fooling around with the controls.
There are all kinds of cool stuff on these albums so I would suggest you to listen to these yourself if you’re a Led Zeppelin fan. Now that I finally listened to all these Deluxe albums, I think I’m gonna buy them all for sure. Not through the Itunes store, I’m thinking of buying the physical CD’s ’cause I want the album cover and all. The physical CD’s of the Led Zep deluxe editions are kind of pricey like $16.99 but I’ll get ’em anyway.
I really thought Jimmy Page did a phenomenal job on them. Below are a few tracks from the unreleased material. Just to give you a little preview of them. Enjoy.