Complete List Of Led Zeppelin Live Albums And Songs

Led Zeppelin Live Albums

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Led Zeppelin was not a band that released a lot of live albums. In fact, during the time when the band was actively releasing studio albums, they only released one official live album entitled The Song Remains The Same. And even then, the band argued that it was not really a live album but rather a soundtrack album to the motion picture/concert film. After releasing the Songs Remains The Same soundtrack in 1976, the band did not release another live album for over twenty years, until Atlantic Records released the BBC Sessions. Once again, the BBC Session was not a live album of any particular concert but rather a collection of live radio appearances.

Led Zeppelin’s third release of live material was another compilation of two separate concerts released on the double CD How The West Was One. The band’s last release, Celebration Day, was the band’s only complete live show ever released officially as a live album. However, that show did not feature John Bonham. Of course, if we take away the original argument by the band itself that The Song Remains The Same was not an official live album, we could argue that the reissue of the album that contained six extra songs did represent an official show at the 1973 concert performances at Madison Square Garden in New York. However, not all songs on the album were from the same show, as the band recorded three separate nights at MSG

The Song Remains the Same (Original Issue, 1976)

Released September 28, 1976

The Song Remains the Same is a live album that serves as the soundtrack to the concert film bearing the same title. Led Zeppelin. Captured over the course of three evenings, from the 27th to the 29th of July, 1973, the recordings were later released as an album by Swan Song Records on the 22nd of October, 1976.

This live album was produced from performances held at Madison Square Garden in New York City, part of Led Zeppelin’s 1973 tour across North America. Eddie Kramer was responsible for recording the tracks on-site using the Wally Heider Mobile Studio truck. The final mixing of the songs took place at Electric Lady Studios in New York and Trident Studios in London. The artwork for the album features an image of a rundown cinema located within the Old Street film studios in London, a site where Led Zeppelin prepared for their 1973 tour.

The band may not have cared too much for this album, but I can tell you as a 16-year-old Led Zeppelin fan who purchased this album when it was first released, I played it almost every day.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Rock and Roll” – 4:03
  2. “Celebration Day” – 3:49
  3. “The Song Remains the Same” – 6:00
  4. “Rain Song” – 8:25
  5. “Dazed and Confused” – 26:53
  6. “No Quarter” – 12:30
  7. “Stairway to Heaven” – 10:58
  8. “Moby Dick” – 12:47
  9. “Whole Lotta Love” – 14:25

The Song Remains the Same (2007 Reissue)

Released November 20, 2007

The 2007 reissue of The Song Remains the Same soundtrack coincided with the release of the concert film’s remastered version. This edition features the entire set list from Led Zeppelin’s legendary Madison Square Garden performances, including six songs not available on the original release. The reissue was expanded and remastered under the supervision of Jimmy Page, providing a more complete and enhanced listening experience that better represents the band’s live performance.

The reissue not only offers a more comprehensive setlist but also includes improved sound quality and packaging, making it a valuable addition to the collection of any Led Zeppelin fan or rock music enthusiast interested in the band’s live legacy.

CD Track Listings:

Disc One:

  1. “Rock and Roll” – 3:56
  2. “Celebration Day” – 3:37
  3. “Black Dog” (including “Bring It On Home” intro) – 3:46
  4. “Over the Hills and Far Away” – 6:11
  5. “Misty Mountain Hop” – 4:43
  6. “Since I’ve Been Loving You” – 8:23
  7. “No Quarter” – 10:38
  8. “The Song Remains the Same” – 5:39
  9. “The Rain Song” – 8:20
  10. “The Ocean” – 5:13

Disc Two:

  1. “Dazed and Confused” – 29:18
  2. “Stairway to Heaven” – 10:52
  3. “Moby Dick” – 11:02
  4. “Heartbreaker” – 6:19
  5. “Whole Lotta Love” – 13:51

BBC Sessions (Original 2 CD Standard Edition, 1997)

Released November 11, 1997

BBC Sessions is a compilation album featuring live recordings by Led Zeppelin from their performances for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) between 1969 and 1971. The collection showcases the band’s raw energy and versatility in a live setting, offering unique versions of their classic songs as well as some tracks that were never released on their studio albums. The album was produced by Jimmy Page and offers a glimpse into the band’s formative years, capturing their live performance prowess.

CD Track Listings:

Disc One:

  1. “You Shook Me” – 5:14
  2. “I Can’t Quit You Baby” – 4:22
  3. “Communication Breakdown” – 3:12
  4. “Dazed and Confused” – 6:39
  5. “The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair” – 3:00
  6. “What Is and What Should Never Be” – 4:20
  7. “Communication Breakdown” – 2:40
  8. “Travelling Riverside Blues” – 5:12
  9. “Whole Lotta Love” – 6:09
  10. “Somethin’ Else” – 2:06
  11. “Communication Breakdown” – 3:05
  12. “I Can’t Quit You Baby” – 6:21
  13. “You Shook Me” – 10:19
  14. “How Many More Times” – 11:51

Disc Two:

  1. “Immigrant Song” – 3:20
  2. “Heartbreaker” – 5:16
  3. “Since I’ve Been Loving You” – 6:56
  4. “Black Dog” – 5:17
  5. “Dazed and Confused” – 18:36
  6. “Stairway to Heaven” – 8:49
  7. “Going to California” – 3:54
  8. “That’s the Way” – 5:43
  9. “Whole Lotta Love” (Medley) – 13:45
  10. “Thank You” – 6:37

The Complete BBC Sessions

The 3 CD bonus edition of BBC Sessions was released as The Complete BBC Sessions on September 16, 2016. This expanded version includes all the original content of the 1997 release plus a third disc containing additional recordings from Led Zeppelin’s BBC sessions, offering even more insight into the band’s early live performances and their development as one of the leading acts in rock music.

The Complete BBC Sessions provides a more exhaustive collection of Led Zeppelin’s BBC recordings, including previously unreleased tracks like “Sunshine Woman.” The additional material on the third disc makes this edition an essential item for collectors and fans, offering a broader perspective on the band’s live capabilities and their evolution during the early years of their career.

CD Track Listings:

Disc Three (Bonus Disc):

  1. “Communication Breakdown” – 3:03
  2. “What Is and What Should Never Be” – 4:44
  3. “Dazed and Confused” – 7:13
  4. “White Summer” – 8:22
  5. “What Is and What Should Never Be” – 4:24
  6. “Communication Breakdown” – 4:55
  7. “I Can’t Quit You Baby” – 6:21
  8. “You Shook Me” – 10:19
  9. “Sunshine Woman” – 3:06

How the West Was Won

Released May 27, 2003

How the West Was Won is a live triple album by Led Zeppelin, which documents the band’s performances from two concerts in California in 1972: at the LA Forum (June 25) and Long Beach Arena (June 27). These recordings capture Led Zeppelin at the height of their power, featuring dynamic renditions of their most iconic songs. The album was produced by Jimmy Page and showcases the band’s legendary live performances, highlighting their improvisational skills and the sheer energy of their concerts.

How the West Was Won received critical acclaim for its sound quality and the performance it captured, providing a vivid snapshot of Led Zeppelin’s live prowess. The album’s release was a significant event for fans, as it was one of the first official live releases by the band since the The Song Remains the Same soundtrack in 1976. The performances on How the West Was Won are often cited among the best in the band’s career, making this album a crucial part of Led Zeppelin’s discography and a must-have for fans of live rock music.

CD Track Listings:

Disc One:

  1. “LA Drone” – 0:14
  2. “Immigrant Song” – 3:42
  3. “Heartbreaker” – 7:25
  4. “Black Dog” – 5:41
  5. “Over the Hills and Far Away” – 5:08
  6. “Since I’ve Been Loving You” – 8:02
  7. “Stairway to Heaven” – 9:38
  8. “Going to California” – 5:37
  9. “That’s the Way” – 5:54
  10. “Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp” – 4:55

Disc Two:

  1. “Dazed and Confused” – 25:25
  2. “What Is and What Should Never Be” – 4:41
  3. “Dancing Days” – 3:42
  4. “Moby Dick” – 19:20

Disc Three:

  1. “Whole Lotta Love” (Medley) – 23:08
  2. “Rock and Roll” – 3:56
  3. “The Ocean” – 4:21
  4. “Bring It On Home” – 9:30

Celebration Day

Released November 19, 2012

Celebration Day is a live album by Led Zeppelin, recorded at the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert at The O2 Arena in London on December 10, 2007. This historic event marked the band’s first full-length concert since the passing of drummer John Bonham in 1980, featuring Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones, with John Bonham’s son, Jason Bonham, on drums. The album captures the band’s powerful performance in front of a sold-out crowd, delivering renditions of their classic hits with the same energy and prowess that defined their career. Celebration Day was produced by Jimmy Page and offers a pristine audio experience of this monumental live performance.

CD Track Listings:

Disc One:

  1. “Good Times Bad Times” – 3:10
  2. “Ramble On” – 5:44
  3. “Black Dog” – 5:53
  4. “In My Time of Dying”/”Honey Bee” – 11:10
  5. “For Your Life” – 6:40
  6. “Trampled Under Foot” – 6:20
  7. “Nobody’s Fault but Mine” – 6:42
  8. “No Quarter” – 9:00

Disc Two:

  1. “Since I’ve Been Loving You” – 7:52
  2. “Dazed and Confused” – 11:44
  3. “Stairway to Heaven” – 8:49
  4. “The Song Remains the Same” – 5:46
  5. “Misty Mountain Hop” – 5:08
  6. “Kashmir” – 9:07
  7. “Whole Lotta Love” – 7:26
  8. “Rock and Roll” – 4:19

LED ZEPPELIN LIVE VIDEO

Led Zeppelin DVD

Released 2003

This collection spans live performances from 1969 to 1979, featuring footage from notable concerts such as their Royal Albert Hall performance on January 9, 1970, captured by Stanley Dorfman and Peter Whitehead, along with shows at Madison Square Garden in 1973, Earls Court in 1975, and Knebworth in 1979, among others. The DVD blends professionally shot content with bootleg footage to provide a full spectrum of the band’s live prowess.

The DVD’s cover art features the iconic West and East Mitten Buttes, set against the backdrop of Monument Valley, Arizona, as seen from the Navajo Tribal Park visitor center.

Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin’s guitarist and the DVD’s producer, embarked on this archival project to address the absence of official live visual material, despite the prevalence of bootleg versions among fans. This release aimed to capture the essence of Led Zeppelin’s live performance legacy, as emphasized by Page and echoed by singer Robert Plant, who noted the long-standing idea of a Led Zeppelin visual compilation. The project materialized after years of anticipation, with Page steering the effort alongside technical experts.

The DVD also delves into the band’s history, including their 1970 Royal Albert Hall concert filmed by BBC’s Stanley Dorfman, which faced challenges and disputes over the years regarding its release. The footage, once threatened by copyright disputes and potential auction, was ultimately secured by the band and included in the 2003 DVD release, highlighting the significance of preserving Led Zeppelin’s live performance heritage.

Collaborating with music producer Kevin Shirley, Page worked meticulously to restore and mix the archival footage, ensuring a modern audiovisual experience that included stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixes. The restoration process involved overcoming technical challenges, such as the sticky-shed syndrome affecting some of the video tapes, which required baking the tapes to make them playable.

Upon its release, the Led Zeppelin DVD was met with critical acclaim, celebrated as a monumental addition to the band’s discography and a must-have for fans and music historians alike. The DVD set new sales records for music videos, underscoring Led Zeppelin’s enduring influence and the fanbase’s hunger for high-quality live recordings.

Track Listing

Disc One

  • Royal Albert Hall, January 9, 1970
    1. “Opening” – 0:27
    2. “We’re Gonna Groove” (James Bethea, Ben E. King) – 3:13
    3. “I Can’t Quit You Baby” (Willie Dixon) – 6:56
    4. “Dazed and Confused” (Jimmy Page; inspired by Jake Holmes) – 15:33
    5. “White Summer” (Page) – 12:23
    6. “What Is and What Should Never Be” (Page, Robert Plant) – 4:39
    7. “How Many More Times” (John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Page) – 20:17
    8. “Moby Dick” (Bonham, Jones, Page) – 15:21
    9. “Whole Lotta Love” (Bonham, Dixon, Jones, Page, Plant) – 6:24
    10. “Communication Breakdown” (Bonham, Jones, Page) – 4:16
    11. “C’mon Everybody” (Jerry Capehart, Eddie Cochran) – 2:31
    12. “Somethin’ Else” (Bobby Cochran, Sharon Sheeley) – 2:10
    13. “Bring It On Home/Bring It On Back” (Bonham, Dixon, Jones, Page, Plant) – 7:44
    14. “Credits” – 0:21
  • Atlantic Records, February 1969
    1. “Communication Breakdown (music video)” – 2:24
  • Danmarks Radio, March 17, 1969
    1. “Opening” – 0:10
    2. “Communication Breakdown” – 2:46
    3. “Dazed and Confused” – 9:09
    4. “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” (Anne Bredon, Page, Plant) – 6:46
    5. “How Many More Times” – 12:20
  • Supershow, March 25, 1969
    1. “Dazed and Confused” – 7:33
  • Tous en Scène, June 19, 1969
    1. “Opening” – 0:25
    2. “Communication Breakdown” – 2:51
    3. “Dazed and Confused (edited)” – 5:36

Disc Two

  • Sydney Showground, February 27, 1972
    1. “Immigrant Song” (Page, Plant) – 4:03
  • Madison Square Garden, July 27–29, 1973
    1. “Black Dog” (Jones, Page, Plant) – 5:30
    2. “Misty Mountain Hop” (Jones, Page, Plant) – 4:50
    3. “Since I’ve Been Loving You” (Jones, Page, Plant) – 8:03
    4. “The Ocean” (Bonham, Jones, Page, Plant) – 4:16
  • Earls Court, May 24–25, 1975
    1. “Going to California” (Page, Plant) – 4:41
    2. “That’s the Way” (Page, Plant) – 6:04
    3. “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp” (Jones, Page, Plant) – 5:31
    4. “In My Time of Dying” (Bonham, Jones, Page, Plant) – 11:14
    5. “Trampled Under Foot” (Jones, Page, Plant) – 8:14
    6. “Stairway to Heaven” (Page, Plant) – 10:32
  • Knebworth, August 4, 1979
    1. “Rock and Roll” (Bonham, Jones, Page, Plant) – 3:47
    2. “Nobody’s Fault but Mine” (Page, Plant) – 5:45
    3. “Sick Again” (Page, Plant) – 5:08
    4. “Achilles Last Stand” (Page, Plant) – 9:03
    5. “In the Evening” (Jones, Page, Plant) – 7:56
    6. “Kashmir” (Bonham, Page, Plant) – 8:50
    7. “Whole Lotta Love” – 7:06
    8. “You’ll Never Walk Alone” – 1:21
  • Credits
    1. “Heartbreaker (Beginning part)” – 2:05
  • New York NBC Studio, September 19, 1970
    1. “Press Conference” – 3:26
  • Sydney Showground, February 27, 1972
    1. “Rock and Roll” – 3:06
    2. “Black Dog (Studio version excerpt)” – 1:48
    3. Interviews with John Bonham and John Paul Jones
  • BBC2 The Old Grey Whistle Test, January 12, 1975
    1. Robert Plant interview – 3:47
  • Remasters Promo, October 1990
    1. “Over the Hills and Far Away” (Page, Plant) – 4:49
    2. “Travelling Riverside Blues” (Robert Johnson, Page, Plant) – 4:09

Professional Sources, research, experience, and citations

Charting information used in the analysis and research of the commercial success of these songs comes from Billboard Magazine Charts

https://www.billboard.com/charts/

The Story Of Classic Rock

Other sources for important factual information include the band’s website

https://www.ledzeppelin.com/

Further analysis and original thoughts are provided by the writer Brian Kachejian’s experience as a professional musician and music collector for over 50 years and his experience as a New York State certified music and history educator and professional music journalist with the New York Press.

These articles are updated regularly.

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