Led Zeppelin Super Deluxe Editions Are Out

Finally, after years of deluxe and super deluxe editions from so many artists, the deluxe and super deluxe editions of the Led Zeppelin albums are rolling out.  Just a few quick notes here for people who may not be aware of them.

First and most important – these are new remasters supervised by Jimmy Page. I haven’t spent a lot of time listening to them yet and haven’t compared them to previous editions but they definitely sound a bit spruced up.  You can buy these as deluxe edition 2 CD sets (or digital downloads) but I opted for the “super deluxe” editions, something that I rare do, because these are important albums to me.  These boxed sets are huge and heavy – I think each box weighs about 10 pounds. They’re selling for US$116 each on Amazon.

Last week saw the release of the first 3 albums. The others will come later this year.  Here’s what you get.

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Led Zeppelin I

  • 72 page 12×12 hard cover book (photos, credits, article reprints, tour info, no new essays)
  • Reproduction of original press kit, including 2 8×10 glossy photos
  • Numbered edition 12×12 artwork of album cover
  • 2 CDs each packaged in cardboard sleeves
  • Bonus disc is complete concert Olympia, Paris, October 10, 1969
  • One vinyl LP (180g) of original album in original cover
  • Two vinyl LPs (180g) of the Paris concert
  • certificate with details to download FLAC tracks (zip file 1.8 gig)

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Led Zeppelin II

  • 88 page hardcover book
  • numbered artwork
  • 2 CDs in cardboard sleeves
  • 180g vinyl of original album in original gatefold sleeve
  • 180g vinyl of bonus material
  • The 8 bonus tracks here include alternate mixes, rough mixes, backing tracks
  • Certificate for downloading FLAC tracks (zip file 1.6 gig)

Led Zeppelin III

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  • 80 page hardcover book
  • numbered artwork
  • 2 CDs in cardboard sleeves – the sleeve for the original album duplicates the dye-cut cover w/ spinning artwork
  • 180g vinyl of original album in original gatefold sleeve, with dye-cut cover & spinning artwork
  • 180g vinyl of bonus material
  • The 9 bonus tracks here include rough mixes and backing tracks
  • Certificate for downloading FLAC tracks (zip file 1.8 gig)

For many of you, the regular deluxe editions should do just fine. The Paris concert and a lot of this studio outtake material has been available on bootlegs forever, though not at this quality. The real draw is the Jimmy Page remastering.

As for the albums themselves? I think Led Zepp II is the strongest of this batch. It’s album #4 that everyone wants, of course – for me Led Zep IV, House of the Holy and Physical Graffiti are my favorite LZ albums. As for albums 7 through 9, when they come out, I’m not so certain I’ll need to have the massive editions of those.

But I’ve been known to change my mind in the past.

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Led Zeppelin Super Deluxe Editions Are Out”

  1. For me, the deluxe editions (which I picked up on Saturday) will do fine. But I can understand you going for the super deluxe – I bought the complete Bob Dylan box even though I had all his albums and the Original Mono Recordings box already.

    1. I’d like to get the complete Dylan set because there are a few gaps in my physical disc collection, but not enough gaps to make that set worthwhile for me. The Zepp sets, easy enough to get the music but I also wanted those massive hardcover books.

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