Atlantic has slated a pair of simultaneous releases that will showcase performances by legendary U.K. hard rock act Led Zeppelin in its prime. The two-disc "Led Zeppelin DVD" and three-disc audio set

Atlantic has slated a pair of simultaneous releases that will showcase performances by legendary U.K. hard rock act Led Zeppelin in its prime. The two-disc "Led Zeppelin DVD" and three-disc audio set "How the West Was Won" will be issued May 27, giving fans access to hours of both rare and well-known concert footage and recordings of the band. The releases, which span the group's entire career and are made up of entirely different material, will carry list prices of $29.98 for the DVD and $26.98 for the CD.

The "Led Zeppelin DVD" set features nearly five-and-a-half hours of performances, culled from the surprisingly sparse archive of professionally filmed footage of the group. Zeppelin is captured in January 1970 at London's Royal Albert Hall, in May 1975 at the city's Earl's Court, in August 1979 at England's Knebworth Festival, and in July 1973 at New York's Madison Square Garden. The latter footage comes from the same show that spawned the feature concert film "The Song Remains the Same," but was not included that release. Rounding out the DVD are a few of the band's rare television appearances and interviews, promotional film clips, and some bootleg footage of the group shot by a fan.

"We were never really part of the pop scene," guitarist Jimmy Page said in a statement. "It was never what Led Zeppelin was supposed to be about. Our thing was playing live. In that sense, Zeppelin was very much an underground band. The fact that it became as successful as it did was something that was almost out of our control. We actually shunned commercialism, which is why so little official footage of the band has ever been seen before." Page worked with director Dick Carruthers on the set, the elements of which have been restored, remixed, and remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, DTS, and PCM Two-Channel Stereo.

"How the West Was Won," meanwhile, is culled from a pair of well-known 1972 California performances. Here, recordings of the June 25 Los Angeles Forum show and the June 27 Long Beach Arena gig are combined and sequenced to replicate a single concert. Along with such classics as "Dazed and Confused" (a 25-minute version) and a medley constructed around "Whole Lotta Love" (23-minutes), the shows saw the band road-testing then-unreleased songs that would be included on its 1973 album "Houses of the Holy."

However, Zeppelin fans hoping for the future release of additional unreleased recordings may be disappointed to know that "there's nothing left over," bassist John Paul Jones told Billboard.com last year. "We used everything, pretty much. Because basically anything that wasn't any good was kind of rooted out at the source and simply never even got recorded." Jones said simply finding the master tapes for the upcoming releases was a chore in and of itself: "In those days, there was no system and things moved from here to there. When [London's] Olympic Studios closed down, people were finding master tapes in a garbage dump on the side of the road! Who knew anyone would ever need them again?"

Established in 1968, Led Zeppelin -- Page, Jones, vocalist Robert Plant, and drummer John Bonham -- released its self-titled debut in 1969 via Atlantic. The group issued a total of eight studio albums and one live set before officially disbanding in December 1980, less than three months after the death of Bonham. The surviving members have reunited publicly only twice -- for a Live Aid performance in 1985 in Philadelphia, and three years later at Atlantic's 25th anniversary concert in New York. Plant and Page have occasionally performed and recorded together, under their own names and in the short-lived Honeydrippers.

Here are the tracklists for the releases:

"Led Zeppelin DVD"

Royal Albert Hall, January 1970:
"We're Gonna Groove"
"I Can't Quit You Baby"
"Dazed and Confused"
"White Summer"
"What Is and What Should Never Be"
"How Many More Times"
"Moby Dick"
"Whole Lotta Love"
"Communication Breakdown"
"C'mon Everybody"
"Something Else"
"Bring It on Home"

Madison Square Garden, July 1973:
"Black Dog"
"Misty Mountain Hop"
"Since I've Been Loving You"
"The Ocean"

Earl's Court, May 1975:
"Going to California"
"That's the Way"
"Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp"
"In My Time of Dying"
"Trampled Underfoot"
"Stairway to Heaven"

Knebworth Festival, August 1979:
"Rock and Roll"
"Nobody's Fault But Mine"
"Sick Again"
"Achilles Last Stand
"In the Evening"
"Kashmir"
"Whole Lotta Love"


"How the West Was Won" CD

"L.A. Drone"
"Immigrant Song"
"Heartbreaker"
"Black Dog"
"Over the Hills And Far Away"
"Since I've Been Loving You"
"Stairway to Heaven"
"Going to California"
"That's the Way"
"Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp"
"Dazed and Confused"
"What Is and What Should Never Be"
"Dancing Days"
"Moby Dick"
"Whole Lotta Love" (Medley)
"Rock and Roll"
"The Ocean"
"Bring It on Home"