The Song Remains The Same Reviews
The greatest band in the history of music, and certainly the greatest ever live band, captured at their peak and in their element. The live footage shows a superbly talented band in full flight, playing with incredible power and cohesion, and highly confident in their abilities and popularity. There's a mystique to the performance - it transcends mere music.
However, reducing the impact of live music is some of the non-musical stuff. The behind the scenes of a touring band and home lives stuff is fine, and gives a good indication of what it must be like to be the world's greatest band. No, it's the dramatisations and symbolic imagery that take the edge off what was otherwise a fantastic movie. They just seem so cheesy and unnecessary.
The film is the gold standard of rock music films that all subsequent concert movies were measured to. The fantasy sequences are unique and add to the mystique surrounding the band members. Jimmy Page is The Hermit of the 4th album gatefold, actually filmed on the hill behind his Boleskine House (at the time; former house of Alesteir Crowley) . Robert Plant has a beautifully filmed rescue of a maiden in a castle tower. John Paul Jones shows a suspenseful encounter with what ends up being his family. John Bonham is in several personal scenes regarding his personal home life, cars, motorcycles and drag racing hobbies. Peter Grant, the manager is in a gangster shoot-up scene at the beginning of the film.
The concert footage was filmed in New York during the 1973 tour. Some footage filmed at Shepperton Studios was added to the concert footage to improve the overall flow.
The film's soundtrack is a popular live double album. Extended jams show the technical proficiency of the band and its members. Particularly notable is the extended Dazed And Confused, including an Elvis Presley medley of That's Alright and Mess Of Blues. This is gospel for Zeppelin fans. It will be difficult for non-fans to sit through and enjoy.
Been a long time since I rock & rolled...
Firstly it has to be said you need to be a fan of the band before you watch it,i was a fan so i was aware that its had the possibilty to be over indulgent.
Fron the first sequence of manager Peter Grant and the bands tour manager rubbing out a group of business men in an old gangster style ,you know this film isnt going to be Woodstock.
What follows is a film of there 1973 Madison Square garden concert intercut with some very very odd dream sequences which apart From John Bonhams seem to have come from a straight laced Monty Python sketch.
We also get Peter Grant dealing out some great British swearing and the mysterious theft of the safe security box in a New York Hotel .
The dream stuff is a waste of course and what most people will be here for is the music.
In that respect the film works very well indeed with Bonhams drum solo Moby Dick and a staggering 23 minute version of Dazed and Confused being the highlights.
If only the filmakers had included more acoustic based songs such as Ramble On and Gallows Pole then maybe the film wouldnt feel so damn long in parts.
So if you fast forward through the dream bits you will enjoy the film all though Led Zep completists might want to look elsewhere