Friday, 7 September 2018

Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains The Same (1973)

Over the hills and far away....


Live recording from 1973

I have always preferred How The West Was Won of the two great seventies Led Zeppelin live albums, feeling that this one was a bit sloppy in places (the opener Rock 'n' Roll, for example), however, it is the new 2018 remastering that is being considered here. I have to say that, although I have no problem with the 2007 remaster, but, as the audiophiles will not doubt say about this one, it certainly breathes. It is not quite as muddy as the previous remaster and has more sharpness, clarity and, dare I say, subtlety. The previous one is more bombastic and, although this one is still thankfully loud, there are definite plus points in terms of definition and more discernible nuances. I am sure people will come up with "waveforms" or whatever they are to show that there is a discernible difference. I just tend to rely on my ears and how it sounds, first off.


1. Rock And Roll
2. Celebration Day
3. Black Dog
4. Over The Hills And Far Away
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
11. Dazed and Confused
12. Stairway To Heaven
13. Moby Dick
14. Heartbreaker
15. Whole Lotta Love                                      

I have been living with the pre-release downloads of Rock 'n' Roll, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop and The Ocean for a while now and the above applies to them, for sure. I am glad to find that the rest of the material has followed suit (not that there was any reason not to). Celebration Day is a delight, particularly the guitar solo bit. The bass is subtly thumping too, if that is not an oxymoronic thing to say. The bit where the full band kicks in during Misty Mountain Hop is pretty much perfect too and the guitar solo after it. Beautiful. Powerful. Yet textural. Jimmy Page seems to have got everything right with this one.

So, does this release's sound quality justify buying the album again? In my view, it does.


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