Led Zeppelin- IV- Houses of the Holy-Jimmy Page,Robert Plant

The Led Zeppelin expanded, enhanced catalog campaign thunders on like the hammer of the gods with live concert recordings done in Los Angeles in 1972, after release of Led Zeppelin IV   and around the writing period for some songs that would appear on Houses of the Holy   forty-five years ago this week. It’s called How the West was Won,  and the reissue on CD, DVD, and Blu-ray is blowing out at retail.

Anyone assuming that Led Zeppelin‘s allure was limited to the decade of the Seventies, or even the 20th century, simply has not been paying attention: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction 1995; Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award 2005; a single performance in November 2007 at London’s O2 Arena had six MILLION ticket requests; recipients for its lifetime contribution to American culture at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012 awarded by US President Barack Obama; and winners of the Grammy Award  for the recording of that O2 concert.  All of the Led Zeppelin albums were re-issued as deluxe expanded editions, with the first  three debuting in the Top Ten on Billboard‘s album sales chart!

The impressive reissue campaign continued with deluxe expanded remastered editions of two of the biggest sellers in rock history, Led Zeppelin IV (23 million sold just in the US, that’s third all time ) and its follow-up in 1972, Houses of the Holy ( a paltry 11 million sales in America ), with single, deluxe two disc, and super deluxe boxed set versions on compact disc, vinyl record, and digital download available of each.

Jimmy Page and Robert Plant tell the details of making “Rock and Roll”,”Misty Mountain Hop”, “Going to California”,”When the Levee Breaks”, and share previously unreleased mixes of “Black Dog”,”Stairway to Heaven”, even a stunning “The Rain Song” from the bonus disc of Houses of the Holy! –Redbeard