Jimmy Page Wanted ‘Coda’ to be the Centerpiece of Led Zeppelin Reissue Series
Over 14 months of Led Zeppelin reissues, a certain rhythm presented itself. Jimmy Page would remaster the original album, then add a second disc of musical extras, including outtakes and musical sketches. But when it came to Coda, Led Zeppelin's 1982 odds-and-ends finale, things were different.
That last reissue, which arrived this week along with expanded versions of 1976's Presence and 1979's In Through the Out Door, instead included two companion discs – the only such instance. As with the original project, which arrived after Led Zeppelin split in the wake of John Bonham's death, the extras span the entirety of the band's history. He'd been saving things all along.
“When I was mapping the whole project out, I’d already made up my mind that Coda was again going to be a huge celebration of everything,” Page tells the Daily Beast. “Purely by the fact of making Coda a double, I really wanted to put out just about everything [in the vaults]."
Coda itself has always been underrated, arriving as it did in the stunning aftermath of Bonham's passing. “When I started to think about it originally, we wanted to do something in the best taste possible, under the circumstances,” Page said. “Obviously some people were disappointed, because they’d have liked a new album rather than something which was posthumous, and they didn’t want John Bonham to not be around anymore. But who did, man?”
Page nevertheless always considered it a lost gem, and this massive reissue project gave him a chance to showcase Coda once more. "I knew I was going to finish with two companion discs for the last one, with all the studio stuff that people might have heard about, the stuff that helped create the mythology of Led Zeppelin," Page adds. "So, here it is, folks. I’m giving it all to you!”
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