I admit I wasn’t a fan of The Song Remains the Same live album when it was released back in 1976 (was it that long ago?). The concert seemed flat. When the CD was first issued, I thought it sounded even worse. Hardly any highs or lows — sound-wise and performance-wise.
But Jimmy Page and Kevin Shirley have waved a magic wand over the master tapes. This isn’t the same album any more. It’s dynamic, vibrant, blistering. The bass guitar is there now! The guitar rings out clear as a bell. And Plant’s voice is right up front where it belongs.
I’ve been listening all afternoon to this remastered edition of The Song Remains the Same. There have been projects around the house I was supposed to get to. There was another new CD I wanted to hear. But I couldn’t take this 2-CD set out of my player. It held me in its grip for the entire concert.
Led Zeppelin continues to astound some 25 years after they broke up, and a full three decades plus after this concert was performed at Madison Square Garden in 1973.
If you’ve held off buying this because the original version left a bad taste in your mouth, rest assured this is a unique experience now. It’s crisp as a new can of Pringles and twice as tasty.
I highly recommend The Song Remains the Same remastered 2-CD edition.