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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

April 24, 1969 - 2nd US Tour begins (1st as headliners) at the Fillmore West
April xx, 1970 - Robert comments about the violence in the audience near the end of the fifth tour
April 04, 1970 - Jimmy Page performs White Summer/Black Mountain Side on the Julie Felix BBC show
April 16, 1970 - Whole Lotta Love was certified Gold in the US after selling over a million copies. The single had peaked at No. 4 on the US singles chart. In the UK, Atlantic Records had expected to issue the edited version themselves, and pressed initial copies for release on December 5, 1969. However, band manager Peter Grant was adamant that the band maintain a "no-singles" approach to marketing their recorded music in the UK and he halted the release.
April xx, 1971 - Untitled is rumored to be released this month
April xx, 1972 - Recording sessions for Houses Of The Holy at Stargroves and Olympic studios
April xx, 1973 - Led Zeppelin rehearse their new stage show in preparation for their huge 1973 US Tour
April xx, 1974 - Swan Song concentrates its efforts on signing new acts
April xx, 1975 - Jimmy does some mixing at Electric Lady studios for TSRTS soundtrack
April 19, 1975 - 51,000 tickets sell in two hours for three nights at Earls Court, two added dates see another 34,000 tickets sold
April xx, 1976 - The band decide they will release their film to theaters
April 30, 1977 - Led Zeppelin breaks the record for the largest attendance for a single-act show in the Pontiac Silverdome with 76,229 in attendance
April xx, 1978 - The band hold a meeting, this time with Robert, to discuss Zeppelin’s future
April 03, 1979 - Page, Bonham and Plant jam with Bad Company again in Birmingham
April 27, 1980 - The band rehearses at Rainbow Theater for an upcoming European tour
April 26, 1988 - James Patrick Page III’s birthday. He is named after his father is the only son of Jimmy and Patricia Ecker. Jimmy spoke of his son saying: "He is wonderful. He has made a big difference to my life."
April 21, 1998 - Page and Plant released Walking Into Clarksdale.
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