- Audio CD (25 Aug. 1997)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Live, Soundtrack
- Label: ATLANTIC
- ASIN: B000002I3D
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,447 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Song Remains the Same Live, Soundtrack
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WSM.UK are proud to announce the release of all the led zeppelin albums with "vinyl replica" packaging, featuring original album artwork, gatefolds where applicable, inner sleeves and in the case of Led Zeppelin III, a revolving wheel as featured on the original LP release. Previously only available as very pricey imports, these albums are now available at mid price.
Long acknowledged as one of the most formidable concert acts on the rock & roll arena circuit, Led Zeppelin finally bit the grenade and in 1976 released this, the only live album of their career. The companion to a same-named full-length feature film combing concert footage and oblique "personal" visual statements by each member, this collection still stands up as a souvenir of Zeppelin's winning stage combination of fire and fury. A sort of live greatest hits disc, the album features good versions of "Rock and Roll", "Dazed and Confused" (complete with violin-bowed guitar, of course), "Whole Lotta Love" and the inevitably climactic "Stairway to Heaven". --Billy Altman
Top Customer Reviews
The band really were a magnificent live outfit and for anyone not fortunate enough to have seen them live, this album, together with the accompanying film, offers a taste of what they were like in concert.
The band do great justice to their classic songs "Stairway To Heaven", "Rock 'n' Roll" and "Whole Lotta Love" - the latter being an extended version complete with the "Boogie Mama" middle section.
The highlight for me is a truly astounding version of "No Quarter". John Paul Jones excels himself on keyboards, while, not to be outdone, Jimmy Page contributes one of his most magnificent and memorable guitar solos. This track is vastly superior to the studio version, which sounds a little bit flat by comparison.
In similar vein the versions of "The Song Remains The Same" and "The Rain Song", although closer to their studio counterparts, are still superior.
"Dazed and Confused", at 27 minutes, may be too long for some... but with all the tempo changes and having see the film and remembering Jimmy Page playing the guitar with a violin bow at one point, the time seems to fly by.
Whilst "Moby Dick", which is John Bonham's drum-solo extravaganza, can be entertaining on screen it rapidly becomes rather irritating just listening to it.
The only other curiosity is the inclusion of "Celebration Day". The band play a decent enough version of it but it doesn't feature in the film and it seems to have been included on the soundtrack at the expense of "Since I've Been Loving You" which, for me, is the absolute highlight of the film. Very strange.
Those slight criticisms apart, this is still an excellent live album which captured the band at their peak. It is worth the purchase price just for "No Quarter".
home videos had only just become available, computers, internet and mobile phones were
the stuff of science fiction, cars were still running on cross-ply tyres and leaded petrol,
there were still only three TV channels in the UK (no breakfast television) and the digital
age, and Sunday opening for the stores, was still something waiting to come in the far
distant future. As for Led Zeppelin, they were still at the top of their game around this
time, having completed a monster world tour and made a series of
legendary performances at London's Earl's Court the year before - I queued up at 7 o clock
in the morning to get tickets for this, and still feel it was the most exciting rock concert i
have ever attended.
The relationship between the press and the band was suspicious and bitter, to put it mildly,
only a privileged rare few were allowed into the "Houses of the Holy", any news about
them was scant to say the least and added to the mystique of the band, only music
papers such as "Sounds" and "Melody Maker" were really the only sources of information,
and the fanzine "Tight But Loose". The huge touring schedules Zeppelin undertook around
the world earned them a massive fan base, their concerts included many songs and
improvisations not available on their studio albums so a plethora of live bootleg albums
appeared, mostly with appalling sound quality.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This Japanese remaster is so good sound wise with improved bass and Rock 'n Roll never sounded better!Published 4 months ago by NICK CRASKE
For me, the definitive version of Stairway, with other particular highlights of No Quarter, The Rain Song and The Song Remains The Same.Published 15 months ago by JamesActualBond