The Song Remains the Same - live - Swan Song 1976
I have not personally had the opportunity to hear the original version of the album and won’t be able to compare it with this extended version. I can just conclude that I’m totally satisfied with both the sound and playing, which I find absolutely terrific. Jimmy page is a musical wizard – he’s the orchestra, with Bonham and Jones as the perfect rhythm section and Plant vocally strong as we know his from the studio albums.
The song selection obviously has a lot of focus on the newest album “Houses of the Holy” from which five songs were taken. Live favorites like “Rock and Roll” and “Stairway to Heaven” are logically included in the set too, which closes off with a great trio of songs the breakthrough second album.
A minor personal gripe is the unusually long version of "Dazed and Confused", which runs for almost 30 minutes. I would have preferred a little more variety of songs from their amazing back catalog. Eg. "Immigrant Song", "Thank You," "What Is and What Should Never Be" or "Good Times, Bad Times" were songs that the group often played during their early shows. Nevertheless, a great live album by one of rock history's greatest bands.