As part of their ongoing 50th-anniversary celebration, Led Zeppelin has announced a remastered reissue of The Song Remains the Same, the live soundtrack album for their 1976 concert film of the same name, which they recorded over three nights at Madison Square Garden in 1973. The reissue will be released on September 7th, marking the 50th anniversary of their first-ever gig on September 7, 1968, when they still went by The New Yardbirds.
Notes Rolling Stone:
Jimmy Page personally supervised the remastering of the album, which contains recordings from a three-night stint the band played at New York City’s Madison Square Garden in the summer of 1973. The performances, which were featured in the 1976 movie of the same name, include a half-hour–long rendition of “Dazed and Confused” and an extended John Bonham drum solo during “Moby Dick.”
The new The Song Remains the Same reissue will be available in various forms including CD, vinyl, digital, and via Blu-ray audio. In addition, notes Rolling Stone, “Page amended the vinyl edition’s track list to include several songs not on the original release and to put the entire performance of ‘Dazed and Confused’ on one side for the first time.”
Just like Led Zeppelin’s previous reissues, they have also planned a loaded deluxe box set, which will feature The Song Remains The Same on both CD and vinyl, a DVD of the original concert film featuring the previously omitted performances, a surround-sound DVD with a photo gallery and high-def download card, a 28-page booklet featuring stills from the movie, an essay by noted journalist Cameron Crowe, and more.
Buzz surrounding Led Zeppelin’s 50th anniversary began late last year when Jimmy Page noted in an interview that there would be “all manner of surprises” coming from the band’s camp to honor the milestone. Since then, the band has announced a number of celebratory releases, including Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin, an illustrated book with 400 pages of “previously unpublished photos, artwork from the Led Zeppelin archives and contributions from photographers around the world”; a special yellow vinyl single (featuring “Rock And Roll” and “Friends”) for Record Store Day; and a full reissue of their live album How the West Was Won.
For more information on this and the various other releases and reissues honoring Led Zeppelin’s 50th anniversary, head to the band’s website.
[H/T Rolling Stone]