By Brian Ives
Led Zeppelin have announced the reissues of the final three albums in their catalog: 1976’s Presence, 1979’s In Through the Out Door and the posthumous 1982 collection Coda.
Like Zeppelin’s previous reissues, each release will contain previously unreleased tracks and will come in multiple CD, vinyl and digital formats, and each has been remastered by Jimmy Page himself.
All three will be released on July 31.
Presence and In Through the Out Door will each contain a second disc of bonus material; meanwhile, Coda will include two discs of bonus material.
Presence‘s bonus material includes five unreleased “reference mixes” from the sessions, along with alternate versions of “For Your Life” “Achilles Last Stand” and “Royal Orleans.” Also included: the previously unheard instrumental “10 Ribs & All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod).”
The extras on In Through the Out Door include an unreleased rough mix of every track from the album, including early versions with working titles such as “The Hook” (“All My Love”), “The Epic” (“Carouselambra”), and “Blot” (“I’m Gonna Crawl”).
Fans are likely to be most excited about the Coda extras: 15 tracks recorded between 1968 and 1974. The oldest recording predates Zeppelin’s 1969 debut album: the blues jam “Sugar Mama” was recorded in 1968 at Olympic Studios during sessions for the band’s eponymous debut and has never been officially released. “Baby Come On Home” from the same session is also included in the set. Also included is the previously unreleased “St. Tristan’s Sword,” a rollicking instrumental recorded during the Led Zeppelin III sessions in 1970.
Even more tantalizing are sessions from Robert Plant and Jimmy Page’s 1972 trip to India to perform with the Bombay Orchestra; those recordings have also never been released. According to the press release from Rhino Records (who administers Zeppelin’s catalog) those sessions include “Friends” and “Four Hands” (which later became “Four Sticks”). Also part of the Coda extras: an early version of “When The Levee Breaks” from 1970 titled “If It Keeps On Raining”; rough mixes of “The Wanton Song” and “In The Light,” from the Physical Graffiti sessions at Headley Grange (the latter is a different alternate version than the one included in the Physical Graffiti deluxe edition); and an instrumental mix of “Poor Tom” from 1970. “Poor Tom” was one of the songs included on the original Coda release.