- 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 (61 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,261 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
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!!
I still get a shiver running down my spine thinking about that moment even now. It was one of those life changing experiences. And this album takes me back there every time I hear it. Especially now! The original CD release always suffered from a rather two-dimensional sound, but the remastered sound is BRILLIANT.
This was always a favourite live album for me and my most played Led Zeppelin album. The packaging of the remastered CD looks great (kind of like a mini LP) but is functionally lousy - just try getting the discs out without touching the playing surface. But the music: WOW! So much better than "How the West Was Won", especially the 27 minute version of Dazed and Confused (you know, the bit from the end of the violin bow solo to the end of the track - totally sublime electric guitar playing from Mr Page proving that he even understands the super-lochrian mode!)
But what happened to "In between last time we came and this time..."? OK, thanks for the extra tracks, but this omission is in the same category as the deletion of the cough on the early CD releases of Physical Graffiti which Pagey himself lambasted. I'm surprised he let this one through.
But it's all about the music!Read more ›
Incredibly, Jimmy Page edited or changed several songs that are way better than the ones
he put instead.
The best and non edited versions of the older cd are Celebration Day, The Song Remains The Same. Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love and No Quarter -the incredible guitar solo is absolute killer. The new version is nowhere near it.
Listen carefully and you will notice . The new cd is great, but not like the first one.
Of course the remastered sound is better, so just enjoy both cd`s like different concerts, different day on the Madison Square Garden. Good Extra tracks count too.
But instead Jimmy Page decided, in what could only be described as a fit of pure insanity, to edit some of the tracks.
The butchering of 'No Quarter' is particularly hard to take as the (now missing) instrumental section on the original album was it's finest moment.
Which just leaves it at number 1 in the most ironic album title chart. What a shame.
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
Frankly disappointed. The songs are just far too slow, about 5 % too slow! Sounds painful to get through tbh.Published 2 months ago by Andrew Jones
Great album. Maybe not as good as HTWWW, but still great. Yet I've kept my original vinyl and CD, mainly because of the editing on Celebration Day. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Paul Andersen
This new longer live album, showing all songs from the concert, is an improvement on the original movie soundtrack - buy!!!!!!!!!!Published 12 months ago by S. Holmes