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Led Zeppelin Announces Reissues of ‘Untitled’ Fourth LP and ‘Houses of the Holy’

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Led Zeppelin (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Led Zeppelin (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

By Brian Ives 

Led Zeppelin just announced the second phase of their reissue campaign, and up next will be deluxe reissues of the band’s untitled fourth album (often referred to as “IV”), originally released in 1971, and the follow-up, 1973′s Houses of the Holy.

All of the reissues were supervised by Zeppelin’s guitarist and producer Jimmy Page. As with the reissues of the first three albums, he worked to make sure that none of the bonus material has seen the light of day before.

As Page told Radio.com, “I left no stone unturned. I was even checking out whatever had come out on bootleg that had leaked out of studios in the past – not by us, I might add. But I wanted to make sure that the material that I was going to present was not out already on bootleg.”

Related: Jimmy Page: The Protector of Led Zeppelin’s Legacy and His Own

Zeppelin IV is the third best-selling album in U.S. history,and has been certified 23 times platinum. The LP features a number of classics, including “Rock and Roll,” “Black Dog,” “Misty Mountain Hop” and, of course, “Stairway to Heaven.” The deluxe edition will include unreleased versions of every song heard on the original album including alternate mixes of “Misty Mountain Hop” and “Four Sticks,” mixes of “The Battle Of Evermore” and “Going To California” with extra guitar and mandolin, and an alternate version of “Stairway To Heaven.”

The fact that this reissue has a release date indicates that the lawsuit that was filed against Led Zeppelin by the trust of late Spirit songwriter Randy California to prevent the re-release of “IV” has not deterred the band or their label, Rhino Records from moving forward with the reissue campaign.

The 11-times-platinum Houses of the Holy reissue will include “rough and working mixes” of “The Ocean” and “Dancing Days,” as well as a version of “The Rain Song” without the song’s distinct piano.

Each reissue will be available in several formats (as was the case for the reissues of the first three albums, which were released in June): as a single CD (with no bonus tracks), a deluxe double CD (containing all the bonus tracks), a single LP, a double LP, a digital download and a “super deluxe boxed set” including all of the above material on both CD and LP, with a hi-def audio download card, as well as a hard bound 80-page book with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.

Both reissues will be available on Oct. 28.

Led Zeppelin IV tracklist:

1. “Black Dog”
2. “Rock And Roll”
3. “The Battle of Evermore”
4. “Stairway To Heaven”
5. “Misty Mountain Hop”
6. “Four Sticks”
7. “Going To California”
8. “When The Levee Breaks”

Companion Audio Disc
1. “Black Dog” – Basic Track With Guitar Overdubs
2. “Rock And Roll” – Alternate Mix
3. “The Battle Of Evermore” – Mandolin/Guitar Mix From Headley Grange
4. “Stairway To Heaven” – Sunset Sound Mix
5. “Misty Mountain Hop” – Alternate Mix
6. “Four Sticks” – Alternate Mix
7. “Going To California” – Mandolin/Guitar Mix
8. “When The Levee Breaks” – Alternate UK Mix

Houses of the Holy track listing:

1. “The Song Remains The Same”
2. “The Rain Song”
3. “Over The Hills And Far Away”
4. “The Crunge”
5. “Dancing Days”
6. “D’yer Mak’er”
7. “No Quarter”
8. “The Ocean”

Companion Audio Disc
1. “The Song Remains The Same” – Guitar Overdub Reference Mix
2. “The Rain Song” – Mix Minus Piano
3. “Over The Hills And Far Away” – Guitar Mix Backing Track
4. “The Crunge” – Rough Mix – Keys Up
5. “Dancing Days” – Rough Mix With Vocal
6. “No Quarter” – Rough Mix With JPJ Keyboard Overdubs – No Vocal
7. “The Ocean” – Working Mix

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