Back in the early 1990s when Jimmy Page made his first personally administered foray into the CD medium on behalf of Led Zeppelin, he claimed in many interviews that the tape vault well was basically dry besides the released LPs as we know them.
An expensive collected work boxset released at the the time contained a few outtake crumbs and B-sides and at least to these ears, overall sound quality that was rather thin, mid-rangy, and treble-high, and at least to me, was a disappointment.
Yet, as if magically when the CD medium is sooner rather than later to be led to pasture, Jimmy finds the tape vault well is pretty darn hydrated after all and now we have all this including a boffo digi-pack reproduction of the original, spacey spinning wheel die-cut LP cover for III!
Because this Deluxe Edition of Led Zeppelin III (as is the case for Deluxe Editions of II and I) have a well chocked separate discs of heretofore (legitimately) unreleased alts and outs and others from the sessions for the album(s) and in the case of Led Zep I, a vintage 1969 concert that puts bootleggers to shame.
And see when a band is this good-even its rejected takes of later released songs are very, very good-well, then, Jimmy can be forgiven for seeming to have a bad memory back in the 90s.
Oh, and this time, the remastering job over-lorded by Mr. Paige is top notch, even if it did take about 30 years to enter the digital realm in such an appealing aural fashion.
I suspect that thrifty price-point of these new Zep reissues will help to drive large sales, and hopefully encourage JP to "find" more of that formerly nonexistent material for super-duper boxset somewhere down the road.
Jimmy, thanks for the memories, and as well as your renewed one.
I can't wait for the next reissues.