This Friday [July 31, 2015], Led Zeppelin finish their reissue programme by releasing their final three studio albums: Presence, In Through the Out Door and Coda.
It marks the end of mammoth undertaking for Jimmy Page, who’s overseen these reissues.
Meanwhile, we review these final three reissues in the new issue of Uncut, which is in UK shops now.
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Launching the final wave of reissues at a press conference in the former Olympic Studios in Barnes, west London, Page officially closed the Zeppelin vault.
“As far as the studio side of things [goes], this is it,” said Page. “Unless something might pop up on international Record [Store] Day or something like that. But it will be a long way off.”
Additionally, Page expressed his satisfaction with the reissue campaign, saying, “As far as I’m concerned, I’ve done my job.”
He also discussed the amount of unofficially released live Zeppelin material, noting that with the substantial number of bootlegs in circulation, it seemed unlikely he would pursue a live project on the scale of the studio reissues.
“Looking at the whole bootleg scene and knowing how much live material had already come out, and pretty good stuff at that, dealing with the studio outtakes seemed to be a more satisfying project,” he said. “I knew the chronology and the quality of what was going to turn up so I could really visualize it a lot easier than all the [live] bootlegs that are out there. This is what needed to be done – the whole Led Zeppelin world in the studio needed to be dealt with properly and seriously.”
Asked what he’ll be doing now the reissue series is completed, Page said: “I won’t take it easy. I’ll be working on the guitar now, because that’s the next thing to be obsessive about.”
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Meanwhile, the September 2015 issue of Uncut is on sale in the UK on Tuesday, July 28 – featuring David Gilmour, a free Grateful Dead CD, Bob Dylan and the Newport Folk Festival, AC/DC, Killing Joke, the Isley Brothers, Julien Temple, Ryley Walker and more.
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