- Audio CD (19 Nov. 2007)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Live, Soundtrack, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
- Label: Swan Song
- ASIN: B000VWYNNW
- Other Editions: Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,565 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The Song Remains The Same Live, Soundtrack, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
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"Led Zeppelin's sold-out concert tours became rituals of high-energy rock and roll theater. The SONG REMAINS THE SAME. . .attests to the group's powerful and somewhat saturnalian appeal at the height of their popularity."-- from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's web page on the band's 1995 induction
The Hall of Fame's assessment of the legendary band also states, "Led Zeppelin redefined rock in the Seventies and for all time. They were as influential in that decade as the Beatles were in the prior one . . . Then and now, Led Zeppelin looms larger than life on the rock landscape as a band for the ages with an almost mystical power to evoke primal passions." That power is communicated full-force in the updated, 2CD reissue of the soundtrack to their concert film The SONG REMAINS THE SAME. The newly updated edition now contains six songs not featured on the original release, and the entire project was remixed and remastered with the band members' direct oversight. Featuring liner notes by Oscar®-winning director and former Rolling Stone editor Cameron Crowe, the set will be released simultaneously by Warner Home Video with the new, expanded DVD edition of the film.
Top Customer Reviews
The original release suffered from pretty poor sound, even for the early '70s.
I am so pleased that Page has got round to remastering this bugger, and to putting some unreleased stuff on it as well. "Heartbreaker" has been my favourite live Led Zeppelin number since I saw them for the first time at Bath in 1970.* I still cannot get enough live renditions of that one. In the film it did not appear properly, being broken up by footage of worries about the robbery event, that actually made no-one concerned poor. The full song is here at last.
This set probably does not capture the band on their very best night in terms of hitting the right note every time. But it captures the strength and improvisational ability of what was at the time the real best rock 'n' roll band in the world. The Stones and The Who were terrific, but joint second behind Led Zeppelin.
Anyone who does not buy this has a major gap in their collection.
*And I was at Knebworth 2 when they still didn't play "Heartbreaker," having played it the week before.
If you're just about to buy this as your first live Led Zepp album, just because its got 2007 stamped on it, you'll be making a mistake!!
I'd say get the 'original' CD set and then compare the same tracks with this one, you'll soon hear which one is the better!!
Back in the day,the vinyl release was spoiled by a tedious side long 'Dazed n Confused,performed underwhelmingly by a band that sounded bored(Plant in particular) and the inexcusable decision to leave off 'Since I've Been Loving You'(which was one of the best bits in the original movie!!!).
Sadly the original CD release did nothing to improve the situation and it was no surprise when it was left out when all the discs were remastered.
So why should you buy this,well despite the studio trickery,edits and suchlike, the sound has improved enormously and the addition of 6 bonus tracks enhances rather than detracts from the overall package.
Disc 1 is 5 stars all the way with stunning moments such as 'Rock n Roll/Since I've Been.../The Ocean etc
Disc 2 has all the bloated,overlong moments such as Dazed and Confused/Moby Dick and Whole Lotta Love,they have all been performed better,its a pity bonus track Heartbreaker is stuck here,cos you wont listen to disc 2 as much as disc 1.
Overall 4 stars,improved sound quality,you can play disc 1 to death and ignore disc 2 if you wish,decent liner notes,and its great to have all the old photos back.It was never the greatest live album in the world in the first place,not sure why so many people expected the remaster to change that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was the first rock albums I ever bought as a teenager in 1976. Being brought up on three minute pop songs by T. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
A must for any real fan this shows LZ at the top of their game. Yes there are other live albums but this is by far the best. Not a duff track.Published 2 months ago by Fireball 61
Due to having more tracks from the concert, it provides the listener with an outstanding power behind the bands amazing gift as the most greatest band ever to have existed.Published 3 months ago by Trevor Kinkead
I got this cd in just 24hrs, its the cd with extra tracks and any new cd by Jimmy Page will not improve it, its that good. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mark Hughes
Haven't heard this since my turntable packed in many years ago. Forgotten how good it is, the extra tracks are greatPublished 3 months ago by Kevin Rogers