The Song Remains the Same (album)

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The Song Remains the Same
A drawing of a dilapidated theatre with a thick black border around it
Live album / Soundtrack album by
Released28 September 1976 (1976-09-28)[1]
Recorded27–29 July 1973
VenueMadison Square Garden, New York City
GenreHard rock
Length99:45
LabelSwan Song
ProducerJimmy Page
Led Zeppelin chronology
Presence
(1976)
The Song Remains the Same
(1976)
In Through the Out Door
(1979)

The Song Remains the Same is the live soundtrack album of the concert film of the same name by the English rock band Led Zeppelin. The album was originally released in September 1976, before being remastered and reissued in 2007 and again in September 2018.[1].

Overview[edit]

The recording of the album and the film took place during three nights of concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden, during the band's 1973 North American tour. All songs were recorded by Eddie Kramer using the Wally Heider Mobile Studio truck, and later mixed at Electric Lady Studios in New York and Trident Studios in London.

The album was released on 22 October 1976, by Swan Song Records. The sleeve design depicted a dilapidated movie house located on Old Street film studios in London, which was used by the group for rehearsals prior to their 1973 tour.[2]

Until both the album and the film were remastered and re-released in 2007, there were significant differences between the two in terms of the songs included on each. These differences were as follows:

In addition, of the songs that both the album and the film had in common, some of the recordings featured on the album were of different performances from those in the film. Other tracks which were recorded at Madison Square Garden, but omitted from both the film and the soundtrack album, included "Over The Hills and Far Away", "The Ocean" and "Misty Mountain Hop".

2007 reissue[edit]

The Song Remains The Same soundtrack album was reissued on CD on 20 November 2007, with the surviving band members having overseen the remixing and remastering of the original release. This coincided with the re-issue of the film, released on HD-DVD, Blu-ray and DVD. The new version of the soundtrack included six songs that were not on the original album release: "Black Dog", "Over the Hills and Far Away", "Misty Mountain Hop", "Since I've Been Loving You", "The Ocean" and "Heartbreaker", plus new liner notes by Cameron Crowe.

With the 2007 re-release of both the album and film, the songs were synchronised so that the full set-list from the concerts was available on both, with each song mixed the same way. Kevin Shirley, who worked on How The West Was Won, was involved in the mixing .[3]

Due to legal complications, the band decided not to change the video portion of the original movie for the re-release.[4] Instead, Shirley created an entirely new mix of the three 1973 Madison Square Garden concerts so that the audio portion of the film would better match the on-screen visuals. The audio on the new CD release was nearly identical to the soundtrack of the new DVD release. One difference was that the songs included on the CDs that were not featured in the original movie were included as bonus tracks on the DVD.[5]

The audio mixes also differed from those found on the 2003 Led Zeppelin DVD. The most obvious example is that "Black Dog" was two minutes longer on the 2003 DVD than on the 2007 releases, two of the four verses being cut from the song.

On 29 July 2008, a four-LP edition of the 2007 re-issue, on 180 gram audiophile vinyl, was released. It was presented in a deluxe archival two-piece box with foil-stamping. It includes a 12-page oversized full-color booklet with dozens of previously unpublished stills from the film, as well as four individual jackets with new and unique artwork. A special white vinyl edition was also printed in very limited numbers. Just 200 were produced, with only 100 being made available to the public from Led Zeppelin's official website.

2018 reissue[edit]

On September 7, 2018, a newly remastered edition of The Song Remains The Same was issued in multiple formats, including a multi-disc, super deluxe boxed set, Blu-ray audio with a hi-resolution stereo and new 5.1 surround mix, 180-gram vinyl, CD, streaming and downloads, including 96kHz / 24-bit hi-res audio files for the first time. This is based on the 2007 version of the soundtrack album and concludes the campaign of reissues of their live albums and deluxe editions of their studio albums that started in 2014.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[7]
Blender3/5 stars[8]
Robert ChristgauC+[9]
The Daily Telegraph3/5 stars[10]
Mojo (2007 reissue)4/5 stars[11]
MusicHound2/5[12]
Q2/5 stars[13]
Record Collector (2007 reissue)4/5 stars[14]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[15]
Uncut (2007 reissue)4/5 stars[16]

Upon its initial release in 1976, the album received some mixed reviews, with a number of critics considering it to be over-produced and lumbering.[17] Indeed, the band's members themselves have since expressed a lack of fondness for the recording. Page has admitted that the end product was not the best representation of Led Zeppelin as a live band.[18][19]

In contrast, the 2007 reissued version received generally much more positive reviews. In a review published in Mojo magazine in December 2007 James McNair gave the album four out of five stars,[20] as did David Cavanagh in Uncut magazine, who wrote:

The sound is vastly improved, as is the playing of the musicians (due to digital re-editing of the three MSG concerts, presumably). Not so much remastered as reconstructed, the 15 tracks (six previously unreleased) showboat, strut and snarl.[21]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Rock and Roll"4:03
2."Celebration Day"
  • Jones
  • Page
  • Plant
3:49
3."The Song Remains the Same"
  • Page
  • Plant
6:00
4."The Rain Song"
  • Page
  • Plant
8:24
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Dazed and Confused"Page26:53
Side three
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."No Quarter"
  • Jones
  • Page
  • Plant
12:30
2."Stairway to Heaven"
  • Page
  • Plant
10:58
Side four
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Moby Dick"
  • Bonham
  • Jones
  • Page
12:47
2."Whole Lotta Love"
14:24

2007 reissue[edit]

Disc one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Rock and Roll" 3:56
2."Celebration Day" 3:37
3."Black Dog*" (with "Bring It On Home" intro)
  • Dixon
  • Jones
  • Page
  • Plant
3:46
4."Over the Hills and Far Away*"
  • Page
  • Plant
6:11
5."Misty Mountain Hop*" 4:43
6."Since I've Been Loving You*"
  • Jones
  • Page
  • Plant
8:23
7."No Quarter#" 10:38
8."The Song Remains the Same" 5:39
9."The Rain Song" 8:20
10."The Ocean*"
  • Bonham
  • Jones
  • Page
  • Plant
5:13
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Dazed and Confused+" 29:18
2."Stairway to Heaven" 10:53
3."Moby Dick#" 11:02
4."Heartbreaker*"
  • Bonham
  • Jones
  • Page
  • Plant
6:19
5."Whole Lotta Love#" 13:51

Notes

  • (*) Not on original soundtrack release
  • (#) Shorter than the original soundtrack release
  • (+) Longer than the original soundtrack release

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Original release[edit]

Chart (1976–77) Peak position
Canadian RPM Top 100 Albums Chart[22] 8
Italian Albums Chart[23] 13
Japanese Albums Chart[24] 6
New Zealand Top 50 Albums Chart[25] 6
Norwegian Albums Chart[26] 21
Spanish Albums Chart[27] 23
Swedish Albums Chart[28] 29
UK Albums Chart[29] 1
US Billboard 200 Albums Chart[30] 2
West German Albums Chart[31] 20

Reissue[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak position
Belgian Albums Chart (Walloon)[32] 86
German Albums Chart[33] 65
Japanese Albums Chart[34] 5
UK Albums Chart[35] 73
US Billboard Top Soundtracks Chart[36] 9
US Billboard Tastemakers Chart[37] 11
US Billboard Top Hard Rock Chart[38] 11
US Billboard Top Pop Albums Chart[39] 23
US Billboard Comprehensive Albums Chart[40] 92

Digital download[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak position
US Billboard Top Digital Albums Chart[41] 24
US Billboard Top Internet Albums Chart[42] 18

2018 Reissue[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak position
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[43] 16
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[44] 23

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[45] Gold 20,000^
France (SNEP)[46] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[47] Gold 250,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[48] 3× Platinum 45,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[49] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[50] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  49. ^ "British album certifications – Led Zeppelin – The Song Remains the Same". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type The Song Remains the Same in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  50. ^ "American album certifications – Led Zeppelin – The Song Remains the Same". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

External links[edit]

  • The Garden Tapes – a study of sources of the live material and the edits for release on this album.