The more things change, the more they stay the same. I bought a few days ago Led Zeppelin Four and Houses of the Holy. I was expecting at least a new unreleased song or two. What I found was yet another money grab by Jimmy Page and company. I love Led Zeppelin but unlike other bands they are stingy when releasing new songs from the vaults. I guess the Coda album was the only new material they ever planned to release. Coda is a collection of unused tracks from various sessions during Led Zeppelin’s twelve-year career.
Maybe they are not really releasing new stuff because it might stink the joint. Not even liner notes, just a bunch of photos. Anyway the best way to sum the two album releases would be to take a page from Jimmy. The song remains the same!
The point about the music and the album covers was to be something that would be thought-provoking, hopefully on an intellectual or an emotional level. Whatever Mick Wall’s written about the hermit [from the Led Zeppelin IV cover] is probably so off. It doesn’t matter. The cover was supposed to be something that was for other people to savor rather than for me to actually spell everything out, which would make the whole thing rather disappointing on that level of your own personal adventure into the music. -Jimmy Page