Dick’s Picks: A rare white vinyl variant of Led Zeppelin’s classic live album, The Song Remains The Same

Originally released in 1976, the recordings on The Song Remains The Same capture the band during a three-night stint at New York’s Madison Square Garden in July 1973. This audiophile reissue is a half speed mastered pressing across four LPs on white vinyl. It’s an impressive set, in an archival box an extensive booklet, dozens of unpublished photographs, as well as six addition tracks that did not appear on the original release.

What makes this edition from 2008 even more special is that only two hundred copies were pressed, and subsequently never saw retail release at all after the band vetoed the idea. The two hundred copies that were pressed on white vinyl were intended to be distributed with one hundred for the band, label executives, press and promotional use with the other hundred to be mixed in with the regular black vinyl copies available only from their website.

Unfortunately, this wasn’t cleared with the band first and they were unhappy with the plan. The white vinyl copies were never distributed and very few have survived.  It’s a case of lucky dip with sealed copies, though, as there is nothing to suggest which colour vinyl is in the box. There could be more in hiding than have previously changed hands, but it remains a highly sought-after rarity in the back catalogue of Led Zeppelin.

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