The Song Remains the Same – 1976
In Concert And Beyond
Peter Grant executive producer
John Paul Jones
Review by Jack Gatanella
The Song Remains the Same (1976)
First watch the movie, then listen to the LP, you decide,
Led Zeppelin gives puzzlement with The Song Remains the Same by adding footage in between the concert videos of documentary footage and insights into the groups’ minds. The documentary footage is more normal and not bothersome, unlike the fantasy footage which seemed to me when I first saw it like different members’ hallucinations. Interesting, maybe, but why intersect with concert footage?
It is in the concert footage the film does it’s best, however, by giving Zeppelin fans (and possibly even non-Zeppelin fans) a treat of a motion picture with some of their best played and famous songs- The film’s title song (my favorite of the concert), No Quarter (2nd), Stairway to Heaven (still awesome the 100th time you’ve heard it), Moby Dick (to anybody wanting to learn how to play good rock drumming), Dazed and Confused, extended 20 minutes longer than usual by the way, among others.
Rock fans in general should also take a look, or possibly just watch the scenes on DVD that make more sense. My Grade: A-