According to The Pulse Of Radio, Jimmy Page has promised that in some manner, the LED ZEPPELIN reissues will carry on. Page compiled and produced the newly released “The Complete BBC Sessions” collection, featuring songs taped by ZEPPELIN in 1969 and 1971 for British radio. He explained to The Telegraph: “LED ZEPPELIN isn’t done yet, quite clearly, because every year since 1968 there’s been new fans. The re-releases have more than doubled the amount of LED ZEPPELIN work out there. I wanted it done authoritatively, ’cause I was the one writing the stuff, I was the producer and mixer. I don’t think it’s any more weird than writing your autobiography.”
He went on to explained why nearly fifty years after first playing together, ZEPPELIN‘s music still stands apart from the rest: “It was done with so much freedom and conviction by master musicians, that’s why it has traveled over time. It was an extraordinary connection, the synergy within the band. There was an area of ESP between Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham, and myself.”
Page touched upon the three improvisational songs that were never officially recorded by the band featured on the new BBC set — “Sunshine Woman”, “The Girl I Love Has Long Black Wavy Hair” and “Traveling Riverside Blues”. “It seemed like fun, making numbers up in the studio,” he said. “The thing that’s really apparent is the confidence and attitude. We improvised constantly, the whole thing was moving and transmuting right there, in the moment.”
Jimmy told The Pulse Of Radio that ZEPPELIN‘s initial influences from across the Atlantic solidified the type of music they would create over the years. “The fact is, all four of us, were so influenced by American music, and for me, the music that I was hearing in the sort of ’50s over here, it was all a reinterpretation of what was going on in America,” he said. “So we, sort of, had this American music, sort of coming in to us, and we were accessing it through the radio and records. That’s a major part of why we became what we were — which is musicians and became totally seduced by this whole movement in music.”
LED ZEPPELIN‘s original “BBC Sessions” was released on November 11, 1997 and peaked at No. 12 on The Billboard 200 chart.