One of the most coveted catalogs in rock history is arriving on streaming audio site Spotify beginning today. Led Zeppelin and Spotify will be rolling out the legendary hard rock band’s entire Atlantic/Swan Song catalog over the next five days. Today, listeners can hear “Led Zeppelin” and “Led Zeppelin II,” and on Thursday they can stream “III” and “IV/Untitled/ZOSO.”
On Friday, Spotify will post “Houses of the Holy” and the classic double album “Physical Graffiti.” The original studio album rollout on Spotify concludes with “Presence” and “In Through the Out Door” on Saturday. Finally, Spotify will post the band’s live collections and odds-and-sods albums, “The Song Remains the Same,” “Coda,” “How the West Was Won,” the “Mothership” box set and the band’s 2012 London reunion, “Celebration Day.”
Word started filtering about a potential deal with one of the streamers about a year ago and that guitarist Jimmy Page was once again remastering the catalog. While audiophile vinyl is probably best, “Ramble On” sounds pretty spectacular on Spotify’s high-quality setting, and tomorrow you get “Misty Mountain Hop” — just in time for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”
For a more complete look at the Led Zeppelin/Spotify deal, check out Monday’s Static column.
– George Lang