Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin has said that he decided to reissue the band’s first three albums to remind people what a “fucking good band” they were.
Page tells NME in this week’s issue that his reasoning behind reissuing ‘I’, ‘II’ and ‘III’ is in part a celebration of what the band achieved, and also an opportunity to introduce a new generation of music fans to the songs.
“I hope young musicians find it a source of inspiration,” Page says. “That’s how I learned, and that’s what’s so seductive about this nerdish thing. Led Zeppelin have real serious musical mastery and this is passing it on. It’s a cool thing to do.”
Speaking about what made Led Zeppelin so special, Page has his own theory. “You had superstars in other bands at that time. But you didn’t have four who were real masters of their craft, who could play as a band like that,” he says. “Not at this time. We were an amazing live band from the start and I don’t mean that in an arrogant way. We were on top of the game. Anybody’s game.”
The reissues will be released on CD and vinyl as well as digitally on June 2 with all tracks remastered by Page and accompanied by previously unheard tracks. All nine of the band’s studio albums are set to be re-released in the same style.