Like the title of their 2007 greatest hits package, the “Mothership” has indeed landed for Led Zeppelin fans. News spread like a brushfire earlier this month that the band was about to embark on their first major reissue campaign since the 1990s. Over the course of the next year all of the band’s original albums will be reissued in deluxe packages with a full albums worth of alternate takes and mixes, live tracks and other rarities which previously were only available on rare bootlegs. Lead guitarist and band guiding light Jimmy Page shared a selection of the bonus material off the band’s career-making first three albums yesterday in New York City and the tracks were revelatory and once again reaffirmed the band’s greatness.
At 70s years old Jimmy Page is still every bit the rock star, lithe but powerful in stature, impeccably dressed in all-black finery. First up were 2 live tracks recorded in Paris in 1969 as Led Zeppelin were supporting their self-titled debut album, which will be part of that albums reissue. Ferocious takes on “Communication Breakdown” and “You Shook Me” made it obvious why the band took the world by storm on those early tours with their amped up take on traditional rock n’roll and blues forms. “The idea was to do something radical with the blues” said Page later during the question and answer period.
Hear “Good Times Bad Times / Communication Breakdown (Live in Paris, 1969)” taken from the Companion Audio Disc for the Led Zeppelin Deluxe Edition reissue.