The Song Remains the Same [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Commonly dismissed as a disappointment upon its initial release, the soundtrack to Led Zeppelin's concert movie The Song Remains the Same is one of those '70s records that has aged better than its reputation -- it's the kind of thing that's more valuable as the band recedes into history than it was at the time, as it documents its time so thoroughly. Of course, that time would be the mid-'70s, when the band was golden gods, selling out stadiums across America and indulging their wildest desires both on and off stage. It was the kind of excess that creates either myth or madness, and this 1976 live album -- comprised of highlights from their three shows at ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Commonly dismissed as a disappointment upon its initial release, the soundtrack to Led Zeppelin's concert movie The Song Remains the Same is one of those '70s records that has aged better than its reputation -- it's the kind of thing that's more valuable as the band recedes into history than it was at the time, as it documents its time so thoroughly. Of course, that time would be the mid-'70s, when the band was golden gods, selling out stadiums across America and indulging their wildest desires both on and off stage. It was the kind of excess that creates either myth or madness, and this 1976 live album -- comprised of highlights from their three shows at Madison Square Garden during July 1973 -- has its fair share of both, as Zeppelin sounds both magnificent and murky as they blow up songs from their first five albums to a ridiculously grand scale. This is not the vigorous, vicious band documented on the subsequently released live BBC Sessions or the majestic might of the 2003 live album How the West Was Won and its accompanying eponymous DVD, where the band still sounded tight even when they stretched out for 20 minutes. Here, on a show documented just about 18 months after those on How the West, the group is starting to let their status as stars go to their head ever so slightly. They no longer sound hungry; they sound settled, satisfied at their status as rock overlord, and since a huge part of Zeppelin's appeal is their sheer scale, hearing them at their most oversized on The Song Remains the Same is not without its charm. This, more than any of their studio albums, captures both the grandiosity and entitlement that earned the band scorn among certain quarters of rock critics and punk rockers in the mid-'70s, which makes it a valuable historical document in an odd way, as the studio records are such magnificent constructions and the archival live albums so powerful. Plus, there is a certain sinister charm to the sheer spectacle chronicled on The Song Remains the Same, particularly in the greatly expanded 2007 reissue, which adds six previously unreleased tracks, helping pump up this already oversized album into something truly larger than life. At this stage, Zeppelin only seemed concerned with pleasing themselves, but they only did so because they could -- others tried to mimic them, but nobody could get the sheer size of their sound, which was different yet equally monstrous on-stage as it was on record. It wasn't as consistent on-stage as it was on record -- a half-hour "Dazed and Confused" may be the stuff of legend, but it's still a chore to get through -- but the very fact that Led Zeppelin could take things so far is part of their mystique, and nowhere is that penchant of excess better heard than on The Song Remains the Same.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2008
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 081227994891
  • Catalog Number: 357564
  • Sales rank: 109,057

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rock and Roll (3:56)
  2. 2 Celebration Day (3:37)
  3. 3 Black Dog (3:46)
  4. 4 Over the Hills and Far Away (6:11)
  5. 5 Misty Mountain Hop (4:43)
  6. 6 Since I've Been Loving You (8:23)
  7. 7 No Quarter (10:38)
  8. 8 The Song Remains the Same (5:39)
  9. 9 The Rain Song (8:20)
  10. 10 The Ocean (5:13)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Dazed and Confused (29:18)
  2. 2 Stairway to Heaven (10:52)
  3. 3 Moby Dick (11:02)
  4. 4 Heartbreaker (6:19)
  5. 5 Whole Lotta Love (13:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Led Zeppelin Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Jimmy Page Composer, Producer
Robert Plant Composer
John Paul Jones Composer
John Bonham Composer
Eddie Kramer Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Cameron Crowe Liner Notes
Hipgnosis Cover Design
Peter Halm Reissue Design
Peter Grant Executive Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Captures Led Zeppelin Live at Their Peak

    The revised live album "The Song Remains the Same" is vastly superior to the original. The original was a bit fragmented and erratic. The additions of gems (esp. Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, & Over the Hills...) add a texture and flow to the performance. The set is much more listenable straight thorough. Also, the versions of Dazed & Confused, Whole Lotta Love & Stairway to Heaven are from the film and different from the original album.
    Compared to other live performances of Led Zeppelin, this is the creme de la creme. The only exception is Moby Dick, as the version from "How the West Was One" is the better of the two. Also, the set leaves out acoustic work of the period... we re all still waiting for live versions of the great acoustic work of Led Zeppelin. Until then this is the best recording of their live work.
    If you own the original, you will not be dissappointed to pick up this version also. Ironically, maybe the ong doesn't remain the same!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bonus tracks are great BUT...

    ...let's be honest here. The recoding quality is mediocre at best. It takes your ears a little getting used to the tinny, almost "phasey" quality of the audio. It was, after all, 1973. I've heard better recordings from the same era. That being said, it's nice to have the six bonus tracks that finally make this a worthwhile addition to your Zeppelin collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Led Zeppelin's music has endured the test of time...the fact the almost 40 years later we are still talking about it says it all. Jimmy Page is the best studio engineer and songwriter. The reason people do not like him live is because all we ever had were poor quality bootlegs. TSRS is extraordinary!!! It shows the boys at their best.

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