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The Song Remains the Same (1976)

A documentary of a Led Zeppelin tour mixed with live concert footage, a unique fantasy, and interviews with those involved with the band.

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Cast

Credited cast:
John Bonham ...
Himself - Drummer (as Led Zeppelin)
John Paul Jones ...
Himself - Bassist & Keyboardist (as Led Zeppelin)
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Himself - Guitarist (as Led Zeppelin)
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Himself - Lead Singer (as Led Zeppelin)
Peter Grant ...
Himself - Band Manager
Richard Cole ...
Himself
Derek Skilton ...
Himself
Colin Rigdon ...
Himself
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Storyline

The members of Led Zeppelin are called back from vacation by manager Peter Grant to play Madison Square Garden. The film is enhanced by each of the band member's personal fantasies (hallucinations?), such as the opening scene (which is awfully confusing the first time around) in which Peter Grant, dressed in a 1930s black gangster suit drives a 1930s black Ford to a house and blasts everyone with a machine gun. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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In Concert And Beyond

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20 October 1976 (USA)  »

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La canción es la misma  »

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(magnetic prints)| (with Dolby noise reduction)|

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Following the film's completion, the band experienced a major falling out with Peter Clifton. Suspecting that he had 'stolen' negatives of the film, Peter Grant ordered that his house be searched. They did find some footage, but this turned out to be a collection of the best 'home movie' footage which Clifton had intended to give to the band members as a gift. Clifton was also annoyed at the decision to remove from the film's credits the names of all the people who had worked on editing, make up and effects. Unlike Joe Massot, however, Clifton was invited to both the New York and London premieres of the film. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of "Dazed and Confused", during the camera-spin, Jimmy Page can be heard soloing wildly in high-note arpeggios for which his fingers should be closer-to-the-body (his AND the guitar) but the footage shows clearly his left hand up closer to the headstock in chord-strumming positions. During the same song there are obvious footage inserts where he is not as sweaty as he appears in clips preceding, following, & throughout the rest of the song. See more »

Quotes

Robert Plant - Lead Singer: [prior to singing "Stairway to Heaven"] I think this is a song of hope.
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Crazy Credits

"Stairway to Heaven" is played in its entirely, resulting in several minutes of blackness after the credits have finished rolling as the music continues See more »

Connections

Referenced in Freaks and Geeks: Beers and Weirs (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Whole Lotta Love
Written by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham
Performed by Led Zeppelin
Music Published by Superhype Music, Inc.
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Led Zeppelin's definitive musical masterpiece
28 October 2000 | by (Peterborough, England) – See all my reviews

To any Led Zeppelin fan, upon hearing the titles of such songs as Stairway to Heaven, Since I've been Loving you, Dazed and Confused, Black Dog, Whole Lotta Love and Moby Dick, it should make their mouth drool and knees wobble. Being such a fan myself, having, at a glance seen these very tracks and more on the cover of The Song Remains the Same, I immediately bought the video as my first ever online purchase (Next day delivery, of course.)

Indeed, the Song Remains the Same is a collection of some of LedZep's finest songs played to perfection by a selection of the greatest rock musicians to walk the earth, such as jimmy Page (guitar) and John Bonham (Drums). Both these bohemians of music have ample time and camera exposure to show us just how great they are/were, with highlights including 26 minutes of Page on Dazed and Confused including his trademark use of a violin bow on his guitar, and a 15 minute solo by Bonham on Moby Dick.

What endeared me further to the film was the little excursions from live footage on stage at Madison Square Gardens in New York, to clips of the band and crew backstage and even completely random scenes of fantasy and imagery, obviously created while under the influence of some fairly way out substances.

Yet, understandingly, those unfamiliar to Led Zeppelin may find this 2 hour video a long slog, and is not of course everyone's cup of tea. And while there is impressive stage footage and effects, the camera work is sometimes amaturish and unimaginative.

Having said that however, The Song remains the Same is a genuine must for all Led Zeppelin and true music fans alike, as the genius of the performers is clear for all to see and is a breathtaking delight to watch and to listen to.


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