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 (1976 release)
131:55 (2007 reissue)
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 soundtrack was recorded 27–29 July 1973 and released on 28 September 1976 on Swan Song Records.

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 sleeve design depicts a dilapidated movie house on Old Street film studios in London, where the group rehearsed for their 1973 tour.[2]

Until the album and the film were remastered and re-released in 2007, they featured slightly different track lists:

In addition, some of the recordings featured on the album were of different performances from those in the film.

Some tracks recorded at Madison Square Garden were omitted from both the film and the soundtrack album: "Over the Hills and Far Away", "Misty Mountain Hop", "The Ocean", and "Thank You".

2007 reissue[edit]

The surviving band members oversaw the remixing and remastering of the original release, and The Song Remains the Same soundtrack album was reissued on CD on 20 November 2007. 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 7 September 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 24-bit/96k 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
AllMusic [7]
Blender [8]
Robert ChristgauC+ [9]
The Daily Telegraph [10]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[11]
Mojo (2007 reissue) [12]
MusicHound2/5 [13]
Q [14]
Record Collector (2007 reissue) [15]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide [16]
Uncut (2007 reissue) [17]

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.[18] 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.[19][20]

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,[21] 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.[22]

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"Jake Holmes26:53
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
Total length:99:42

2007 reissue[edit]

Disc one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Rock and Roll"
  • Bonham
  • Jones
  • Page
  • Plant
3:56
2."Celebration Day"
  • Jones
  • Page
  • Plant
3:37
3."Black Dog*"
  • Dixon
  • Jones
  • Page
  • Plant
3:46
4."Over the Hills and Far Away*"
  • Page
  • Plant
6:11
5."Misty Mountain Hop*"
  • Jones
  • Page
  • Plant
4:43
6."Since I've Been Loving You*"
  • Jones
  • Page
  • Plant
8:23
7."No Quarter#"
  • Jones
  • Page
  • Plant
10:38
8."The Song Remains the Same"
  • Page
  • Plant
5:39
9."The Rain Song"
  • Page
  • Plant
8:20
10."The Ocean*"
  • Bonham
  • Jones
  • Page
  • Plant
5:13
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Dazed and Confused+"
  • Page - inspired by Jake Holmes
29:18
2."Stairway to Heaven"
  • Page
  • Plant
10:53
3."Moby Dick#"
  • Bonham
  • Jones
  • Page
11:02
4."Heartbreaker*"
  • Bonham
  • Jones
  • Page
  • Plant
6:19
5."Whole Lotta Love#"
  • Bonham
  • Dixon
  • Jones
  • Page
  • Plant
13:51
Total length:131:55

Notes

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

Personnel[edit]

Led Zeppelin

Production

Packaging

Charts[edit]

1976–77 sales chart performance for The Song Remains the Same
Chart (1976–77) Peak position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[23] 8
Canadian RPM Top 100 Albums Chart [24] 8
Dutch Album Charts[25] 19
Finnish Album Charts[26] 23
Italian Albums Chart [27] 13
Japanese Albums Chart [28] 6
New Zealand Top 50 Albums Chart [29] 6
Norwegian Albums Chart [30] 21
Spanish Albums Chart [31] 23
Swedish Albums Chart [32] 29
UK Albums Chart [33] 1
US Billboard 200 Albums Chart [34] 2
West German Albums Chart [35] 20
2007 sales chart performance for The Song Remains the Same
Chart (2007) Peak position
Belgian Albums Chart (Walloon) [36] 86
German Albums Chart [37] 65
Japanese Albums Chart[38] 5
UK Albums Chart [39] 73
US Billboard Top Soundtracks Chart [40] 9
US Billboard Tastemakers Chart [41] 11
US Billboard Top Hard Rock Chart [42] 11
US Billboard Top Pop Albums Chart [43] 23
US Billboard Comprehensive Albums Chart [44] 92
2007 digital sales chart performance for The Song Remains the Same
Chart (2007) Peak position
US Billboard Top Digital Albums Chart [45] 24
US Billboard Top Internet Albums Chart [46] 18
2018 sales chart performance for The Song Remains the Same
Chart (2018) Peak position
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[47] 16
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[48] 15
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[49] 23

Certifications[edit]

Sales certifications for The Song Remains the Same
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[50] Gold 20,000^
France (SNEP)[51] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[52] Gold 250,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[53] 3× Platinum 45,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[54] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[55] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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