Rock fans have been champing at the bit for the deluxe remastered versions of all of Led Zeppelin‘s albums that guitarist Jimmy Page began preparing for release more than a year ago. Singer Robert Plant reported in a recent BBC Radio interview that the reissues will arrive sometime in 2014, and now Page has shared more information about the project.
In an interview with the U.K.’s TeamRock Radio at the 2013 Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards in London on Thursday, Page explains that he initially had hoped to release the remastered albums before the end of 2013, but he says they now “will come out in the New Year, hopefully [in the] not too distant [future].”
Jimmy reveals that each album will be issued separately in its own box and will be packaged with “a companion disc,” that includes “different versions” of songs. He points out that one of the unique aspects of the remastered discs is that during the process he “revisited all the sort of working mixes that were done at the time.”
Using Led Zeppelin III as an example, Page reports that the bonus disc includes “an incredible version” of “Since I’ve Been Loving You” that’s “totally different to” the original album version. He adds, “It’s really raw in its approach, it’s quite dramatic, it’s cool.”
The 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says his goal in putting together each album package was that they “will give a really intimate picture of the group. That’s the idea that I’ve had with it and I think it’s successful. I know it is.”
As for the status of the project, Page says, “It’s all done, all the sonic side of it is done.”
Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio