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Jimmy Page Closes the Book on Led Zeppelin With Final Reissues

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The Led Zeppelin deluxe reissue series closes out today with newly expanded and remastered versions of 1976’s Presence, 1979’s In Through the Out Door and 1982’s Coda. For guitarist Jimmy Page, who curated the reissues, it marks the end of a very long chapter in his career.

Noting that the new versions of the albums leave fans with “double the amount of [Led Zeppelin] studio information and studio material that there was in the first place,” Page tells ABC News Radio that he’s satisfied he’s given the band its due with the remastered records and their attendant bonus material.

“There’s such in affection for Led Zeppelin music within the audience, it could only be the right thing to do to put out a real authoritative package,” noted Page. “And here we are at the end of it.”

Fans might be tempted to take that with a grain of salt, given that most major rock artists have seen multiple rounds of reissues over the past 25 years, but Page feels the current versions of the albums have been future-proofed as much as possible. “The last time that Led Zeppelin music was remastered it was for the advent of CDs over 20 years ago,” he pointed out. “I wanted to really approach every way that you could listen to it outside of MP3 [and] let it be available for people who want to hear it … with all the distance in it and the depth and the 3D picture of the mixing, etc, etc.”

Now that the reissues have been closed out, Page will presumably return his attention to his solo career, which he plans to revive with new tour dates and an album he’s hinted will be “quite different” from anything people expect.

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