Jimmy Page: The Protector of Led Zeppelin’s Legacy and His Own
In 2012, Jimmy Page told Rolling Stone that his primary job these days is guardian of Led Zeppelin‘s legacy. The job, it turns out, has taken up much of his time in recent years, as Page has been remastering the band’s entire studio catalog, from 1969’s Led Zeppelin through the posthumous outtakes collection Coda.
“I was the authoritative one,” Page explained to Radio.com about his role as Zeppelin’s chief archivist. “I was there before the group started, and I know exactly what was recorded.”
The remastered albums are part of a massive reissue program that pairs each original Led Zeppelin album with a second disc of extra material. The discs will also come in “super-deluxe” editions packaged with lavish coffee-table books, including era-appropriate photos and other archival material. The reissue versions of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III hit retailers on June 3.
During his conversation with Radio.com, Page spoke about the critical slamming Led Zeppelin got during the band’s formative years, particularly from Rolling Stone. Every negative review aimed at Zep still stings and annoys him, seemingly more now than in 1969.
“If they only had a short time to review the album, along with three or four other albums, and this is their allotted [time] because they have to get their copy to print, well, of course they would have great difficulty” with an album like Led Zeppelin, Page seethed. “And because we weren’t in the singles market, where there’s an immediate point of reference all the time, by the time the third album comes out they’re going, ‘Well, they’ve gone acoustic, because Crosby, Stills and Nash are acoustic,’ or whatever. It’s just nonsense. But it’s quite amusing!”