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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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December 16, 1968 - Zep plays Bath Pavilion for a mere £75.
December 26, 1968 - First American concert at the Coliseum in Denver, CO
December xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are reported to have sold 5 million dollars worth of albums in the US
December 11, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are presented gold and platinum discs for their first two albums
December xx, 1970 - The band enters Island Studios to begin work on the fourth album
December xx, 1971 - The band plays a few low-key shows back in England
December 23, 1972 - The band break for Christmas holiday after a London gig
December xx, 1973 - John Paul Jones works on studio productions for Madeline Bell
December xx, 1973 - Joe Massot films Jimmy Page’s fantasy sequence at Loch Ness
December 19, 1974 - John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page jam with Bad Company at the Rainbow Theater
December 10, 1975 - Led Zeppelin play a 45-minute show with Norman Hale at Behan’s in Jersey
December xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin rehearses for the 1977 tour
December 25, 1976 - It’s announced that Plant and Bonham will reunite with the Band of Joy for three shows in the new year
December xx, 1977 - The band minus Robert gather to discuss Led Zeppelin’s future plans
December xx, 1978 - The new album is completed quickly at Polar Studios and mixed at Jimmy’s Plumpton Studio
December xx, 1979 - John Bonham considers joining Paul McCartney’s Wings
December 29, 1979 - The band minus Jimmy Page attend the Paul McCartney And Wings Kampuchea befefit show
December 04, 1980 - Led Zeppelin issue the following statement not to carry on as a band: "We wish it to be known, that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the deep sense of harmony felt by ourselves and our manager have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were."
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