I don’t typically listen to live albums, but this one has some history and special meaning for me. I never got to see Led Zeppelin live. Shortly before North American tour to support In Through the Outdoor, John Bonham died, and that was the end of Led Zeppelin.
But now, as I listen to more jazz, I’ve come to appreciate live performances much more. Many of the records I listen to now come from the 40’s and 50’s which was a time when the recordings were done live, whether on stage or in the studio, in one take, and you get what you get, flubs and flaws included. 35 years later, like some of my oldest and dearest friends, The Song Remains the Same has gotten larger and better than ever. It was re-released as a box, with additional songs added from the tour, and still has all the swank and energy of Zeppelin from that time period. Reserve this one for a longer run, or savor it in courses, as it’s a feast.