Saturday, April 13, 2024

Led Zeppelin Pulls Out the Big Guns: Reissues of “Stairway to Heaven” Album and “Houses of the Holy”


Led Zeppelin may not want to tour or get back together, but they know how to make money. For their reissue series they’re pulling out the big guns this fall: “Led Zeppelin IV” and “Houses of the Holy.”

The Zep already put out their first three albums all dolled up with extra unreleased tracks, remastered, with serious art work. Those three sold like crazy and all made the album charts.

But now– these two will do even better. “IV” includes Stairway to Heaven, Black Dog, Rock & Roll,  Going to California, and Misty Mountain Hop. “Houses of the Holy” has The Rain Song, D’yer Mak’er, Over the Hills and Far Away, The Song Remains the Same, and Dancing Days. Aside from “Immigrant Song” and “Kashmir,” those are Led Zeppelin’s biggest hits.

Circle October 27th. Jimmy Page supervised all the remastering. Here’s the tracklist:

Led Zeppelin IV

Track Listing

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



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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