They trickle out slowly but at least they are finally coming: 24bit versions of classic albums by classic artists, ready for purchase for under $20. This is the full-quality studio master for your library so don’t pass up these opportunities.
Two classic artists that have gone 24bit lately are Led Zeppelin and Bill Withers. Jimmy Page, guitarist and leader of Zep, has completed his remastering project where all 9 of the legendary band’s studio albums have been given the modern HD treatment.
This includes versions with the original track list but remastered to 24/96, and a deluxe version of each record complete with outtakes, alternate versions, demos, and other rarities. The remasters come in under $20, the Deluxe versions are about $25 each, and you can even buy the whole catalog on vinyl, CD, or HD-digital download, with the physical media including the digital downloads. Very nice.
The Bill Withers albums didn’t receive any rare add-ons, but it sure is nice to see them at 24bit and most of them are under $15. Bill is a traditionalist, so his piano, his voice, his guitar, and the rest of the arrangement should sound very warm and intimate at 24bit. Real instruments, real voices, real soul.
I have to get this DVD “Celebration Day” – the last show Zep did, a few years back in London, that is getting great reviews. They had Jason Bonham on skins and Jon Paul Jones in full force this time, and it was magical. Here’s a taste:
Check out this rare clip from the 90’s Page & Plant tour (you know, the 2 old guys that didn’t join Them Crooked Vultures) where they rip through a rarely played classic Zeppelin Monster Jam “Achilles Last Stand”.