Static: Led Zeppelin comes to Spotify

George Lang: Spotify announced that it had reached an exclusive deal with Led Zeppelin to bring the band's entire Atlantic/Swan Song catalog to its listeners.
BY GEORGE LANG glang@opubco.com Published: December 16, 2013
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Last week, the levee broke on Spotify as one of the most important bodies of work in rock 'n' roll came to the streaming service.

On Wednesday, Spotify announced that it had reached an exclusive deal with Led Zeppelin to bring the band's entire Atlantic/Swan Song catalog to its listeners. The rollout began immediately, but Zeppelin doled out its albums in pairs. “Led Zeppelin” and “Led Zeppelin II” arrived immediately, with “III” and “IV/Untitled/ZOSO” coming on Thursday, followed by “Houses of the Holy” and the classic double album “Physical Graffiti” on Friday.

The original studio album rollout concluded Saturday with “Presence” and “In Through the Out Door,” and then Spotify will posted 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” on Sunday.

Word started filtering about a potential deal with one of the streamers about a year ago. In October 2012, guitarist Jimmy Page told NME that he was working on a fresh remastering of Zeppelin's work.

“There are a number of Led Zeppelin projects that will come out next year because there are different versions of tracks that we have that can be added to the album so there will be box sets of material that will come out, starting next year. There will be one box set per album with extra music that will surface.”

Then in January, Page, singer Robert Plant and bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones began negotiating with the streaming services — they reportedly engaged Rdio, Rhapsody and the French company Deezer, but Spotify ultimately won the deal. One year later, Page is still working on those remasters and expanded albums — it will be 2014 at least before they make their way to the public, and as NME reported two months ago, Plant said that Page has found several versions of early Zeppelin songs featuring Jones on vocals.



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