Reissue: Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV (1971) and Houses of the Holy (1973)

BY Andy Richardson

1st Jan 2015 Music

Reissue: Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV (1971) and Houses of the Holy (1973)

Led Zeppelin are unleashing more remastered material our way, bringing these rock gods back into the public eye. But are the latest reissues worth the money?

Been a long time since I Rock 'n' Rolled

For one of the first great arena bands, it took a long time for "rock ‘n’ roll" titans to join the free music arena after Spotify acquired the rights back in 2013. Since then they have been hurling their back catalogue at the masses faster than John Bonham could down a shot of Vodka. Despite plagiarism accusations and ongoing legal battles, the band’s spirit has not been dampened, putting out their first three LPs to much approval (although its rapidity is perhaps more of a contingency plan for the future). And in a similar fashion, this month will see the reissue of Led Zeppelin VI and Houses of the Holy. Similarly, these reissues are available in various formats ranging from standard re-masters on CD and vinyl to deluxe and super-deluxe box set editions including hard back books, rare studio takes and alternate versions of classic songs, including “the fabled, alternate version” of Stairway to Heaven. Both titles are now available.

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