Artist: Led Zeppelin
Title: “The Song Remains The Same” (remaster)
Label: Rhino Entertainment
Release Date: 12/11/2007
Genre: Hard Rock
Their accomplishments in music are as legendary as that of The Beatles and while the Liverpool Lads are often credited as being one of the founding fathers of how Rock music would be delivered for decades, the guys in Led Zeppelin are also granted this esteemed honor. Of course, the music of Led Zeppelin was very heavily rooted in the Blues of the past and when combined with the electrifying talents of the members delivered some of the most extraordinary Heavy Rock that music history would ever experience. Musically their songs have remained relevant since their inception as it was just that good and innovative for its time, and as result the band stands forever as icons of the genre. They have a level of influence that resonates on bands of decades past and even more so in those that are forming and performing today. It’s quite staggering when one views this level of impact on a music scene for no matter how different the bands might be there are always those little tastes of what Led Zeppelin first brought to the table. The bands live concerts were considered monumental events and the film “The Song Remains The Same” captured portions of a three night stint at New York City’s Madison Square Garden back in 1973. The original release year of the album for this film would be in 1976 and the group continually spoke against it, refused to recognize it as a true representation of their band in concert, and instead felt this was more the soundtrack to the film that bore the same name. Of course the fans disagree as is expected and many refer to this as an incredible album that must be played from beginning to end. Despite having four sides of vinyl to enjoy the initial release featured only nine songs but now thanks to the magic of available CD space the remaster and reissue of the album features the full recorded performance of fifteen songs. It’s also been cleaned up and sonically upgraded which made this something I was really looking forward to. I only owned the original vinyl when a friend passed on his copy of the record when he decided his was too worn out. To me it was still playable, but not very much so.
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