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The Song Remains The Same

The Song Remains The Same (1976)
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Ever since Royal Albert Hall on January 9, 1970, Led Zeppelin had a select few concerts professionally filmed. Until 2003's DVD, this was the only official video release that Zeppelin fans had to sink their teeth into.

All three nights, July 27, 28 and 29, 1973 were filmed and recorded and later mixed down by Eddie Kramer at Electric Ladyland Studios. More filming was to be done on their 1975 World Tour, but that never happened due to Plant's accident in Rhodes in August 1975. This soundtrack contains most of the songs that were located on the video/DVD. Black Dog and Since I've Been Loving You were songs from the movie that did not make it to the soundtrack.

There is some criticism that this another example of the 1970s excess and that it is not a true live album due to the fact that the movie and the soundtrack and made up of the three nights spliced together, however the official word is that, besides the music, there is very little splicing done with the lyrics, merely to correct cracks and mistakes in Plant's voice.

Included in the soundtrack is an essay, written by Cameron Crowe, that can be found here.

Statistics

Released:
1976 Release
Oct. 22, 1976 (US)
Oct. 22, 1976 (UK)

2007 Release
Nov. 20, 2007 (US)
Nov. 19, 2007 (UK)

Chart Position:
1976 Release
#2 (US) #1 (UK)

2007 Release
#11 (US) #73 (UK)

Certified:
1976 Release
Gold: Nov. 3, 1976
Multi Platinum: 4x Feb. 5, 1997

2007 Release
Gold: Feb. 5, 1997
Platinum: 4x Feb. 5, 1997

Tracks

1976 Release
1. Rock And Roll
2. Celebration Day
3. The Song Remains The Same
4. The Rain Song
5. Dazed And Confused
6. No Quarter
7. Stairway To Heaven
8. Moby Dick
9. Whole Lotta Love


2007 Release
DISC ONE
1. Rock And Roll
2. Celebration Day
3. Black Dog (inc. Bring It On Home)
4. Over The Hills
5. Misty Mountain Hop
6. Since I've Been Loving You
7. No Quarter
8. The Song Remains The Same
9. The Rain Song
10. The Ocean
DISC TWO
1. Dazed And Confused
2. Stairway To Heaven
3. Moby Dick
4. Heartbreaker
5. Whole Lotta Love
Quick Fact

A stage replica was constructed at Shepperton Studios in August 1974 to re-shoot some close-up shots that were missed last July during filming.

Those with a trained eye will notice it is the Shepperton footage because of Page's shorter hair and Plant's capped teeth.

"Everything was reassembled from the ground up. The original soundtrack lives only in the old version, which is almost an excuse for having both because there are two different versions now. The new version is newly assembled audio. That's why when Warner Bros. says it's 'remastered,' that's not really descriptive, it's re-done. As Jimmy says, 'It's been revisited,' which is about as accurate as you can get." -- Kevin Shirley (2007)
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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

June xx, 1969 - More recording for Led Zeppelin II at Morgan Studios
June 29, 1969 - Led Zeppelin play the prestigious Royal Albert Hall
June 28, 1970 - Zeppelin reach mass acceptance in Britain by playing Bath
June xx, 1971 - A news report claims Led Zep to play at an aid relief concert for Pakistan
June xx, 1972 - More recording sessions for Houses Of The Holy
June 21, 1972 - Eighth American tour begins in Denver, CO, almost four years since Zeppelin’s American debut
June 03, 1973 - Zeppelin play the Fabulous Forum in LA, a favorite venue to the band
June xx, 1973 - The band takes a mid-tour holiday in Hawaii
June xx, 1974 - Promoter Fred Bannister announces that Led Zeppelin will play Knebworth, the band declines
June xx, 1975 - John Bonham loses his license for six months over a drunk driving charge
June xx, 1976 - Filmmaker Kenneth Anger tells media that Jimmy Page is partly responsible for the failure of his film over the delayed soundtrack he provided
June 07, 1977 - The first of six nights at Madison Square Gardens
June xx, 1978 - Robert feels new life within Led Zeppelin again
June 26, 1979 - The entire Led Zeppelin line up appear at a Dave Edmunds show and party afterwards
June 17, 1980 - Led Zeppelin open their European (and last) tour at Westfallenhalle in Dortmund
June 27, 1980 - Zeppelin abandon their Nuremburg show after three numbers when Bonham collapses from exhaustion
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