The importance of September 27th 1968 in the history of rock

Publish Date
Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 4:27PM

The first day of recording begins on this date, at Olympic Studio in London. Sessions were completed in a mere 30+ hours for a total cost of £1,782 which was self-financed. The album was produced by Jimmy Page.

Jimmy Page: "It was easy because we had a repertoire of numbers worked out and we just went into the studio and did it. I suppose it was the fact that we were confident and prepared which made things flow smoothly in the studio. And as it happened, we recorded the songs almost exactly as we’d been doing them live. Only Babe I’m Gonna Leave You was altered, as far as I remember."

Prior to this, the band had been performing together under the name Yardbirds.

"The group had only been together for two-and-a-half weeks when we recorded the sessions. We’d had fifteen hours of rehearsal before shooting straight over to Scandinavia for a few gigs, then straight after that we cut the album. There was very little double-tracking. We deliberately aiming at putting down what we could actually reproduce on stage.”

"I wanted to get an ambient sound and I also had this idea for using backwards tape echo, which I suggested before on a Yardbirds track. So I knew it worked! I also wanted there to be a lot of light and shade and a certain dramatic tension. I know that I influenced pretty heavily the content and arrangements but that was only because we didn’t have the time to discuss everything between us. The first album was a real mixture of blues, rock and acoustic music”

'The Sound Remains The Same' is a re-release of the band’s performance at Madison Square Guardian on July 27-29, 1973 (45 years ago), and includes:

  • CD – Remastered audio on two CDs, plus 24-page booklet.
  • Vinyl – Remastered audio on four 180-gram vinyl LPs, plus 28-page booklet
  • Blu-Ray – 96kHz/24 bit 5.1 (DTS-HD Master Audio Surround) and stereo mixes  
  • (PCM Stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo). Video performances of four songs not in the original film: ‘Celebration Day,’ ‘Over The Hills And Far Away,’ ‘Misty Mountain Hop,’ and ‘The Ocean.’ (All with 5.1 audio)

o Streaming & Digital Download – Remastered audio.

o Super Deluxe Boxed Set

  • Remastered audio on two CDs and four 180-gram vinyl LPs.
  • Two DVD set of 'The Sound Remains The Same' featuring the full theatrical version of the film plus bonus content including four performance outtakes that were not part of the original film: ‘Celebration Day,’ ‘Over The Hills And Far Away,’ ‘Misty Mountain Hop,’ and ‘The Ocean.’
  • DVD of the entire album in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and PCM Stereo, plus photo gallery.
  • High-def download card of all stereo audio content at 96kHz/24 bit.
  • A 28-page book featuring band photos and stills from the film and an essay by Cameron Crowe.
  • A replica of the Japanese program from 1977, previously available only when the film first toured cinemas in that country.
  • High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.