Celebration Day (album)

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Celebration Day
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Type Live album
Artist Led Zeppelin
Release Date 19 November 2012 (CD, Blu-ray, digital), 12 February 2013 (Vinyl LP)
Recorded 10 December 2007 at
The O2 in London.
Mixed at Assault and Battery Studios in London.
Genre Hard rock, prog rock, folk rock, rock
Language English
Length 1 hour 55 minutes 26 seconds
Label Swan Song Records
Catalogue Swan Song 532631-R2 (CD), Swan Song 532632-R1 (LP)
Producer Jimmy Page
Engineer John Catlin

Celebration Day is is the soundtrack album of the concert film of the same name by the English rock band Led Zeppelin. The album was originally released in 2012, and available in a variety of formats including triple vinyl LP set (180 gram), double compact disc, single Blu-ray audio, and digital download.

Overview

The recording of the album and the film took place during the 2007 benefit concert to commemorate the life of former Atlantic Records music president Ahmet Ertegun, at the O2 in London. All songs were recorded by Tim Summerhayes with engineer John Catlin, and mixed by Alan Moulder at Assault and Battery Studios in London. Mastering was by engineer John Davis at Metropolis Studios, London. Initially not planned for release, public interest and the spate of poor-quality bootlegs from the concert on the internet prompted producer Jimmy Page to organize a formal process of mixing and mastering existing audio recordings for official issue to coincide with the film, Celebration Day.

A total of three weeks were required to mix the assortment of tapes from the concert recording. Jason Bonham's drumkit was recorded on a total of 36 tracks (21 original tracks plus 15 with effects), 21 bass tracks, 21 guitar tracks, 16 keyboard tracks, two theremin tracks, five vocal tracks by Robert Plant, one vocal track by Bonham, and with the addition of four audience tracks, totalling over 130 tracks with added effects and submixes.[1]

The double CD set was released as a combined package with either the DVD or Blu-ray of the film, or available as a stand-alone softpack. A Blu-ray single disc option is also available as an amaray digipack with 48K 24 bit PCM stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound. The triple vinyl 180 gram audiophile LP set was scheduled to be released on 10 December 2012 however delays in the packaging and artwork meant a postponement, until February 2013.

Reviews and awards

Upon release, Celebration Day received positive reviews including an average score of 85% with Metacritic.[2] In January 2014, the album was awarded 'Best Rock Album' at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, in addition 'Kashmir' was nominated for 'Best Rock Performance'.[3]

Track listing

CD Track LP Track Title Songwriters Duration
1.1 A1 'Good Times Bad Times' Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham 3:10
1.2 A2 'Ramble On' Jimmy Page, Robert Plant 5:37
1.3 A3 'Black Dog' Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones 5:18
1.4 B1 'In My Time of Dying' Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham 11:01
1.5 B2 'For Your Life' Jimmy Page, Robert Plant 6:08
1.6 C1 'Trampled Under Foot' Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones 6:02
1.7 C2 'Nobody's Fault but Mine' Jimmy Page, Robert Plant 6:24
1.8 C3 'No Quarter' Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones 9:00
2.1 D1 'Since I've Been Loving You' Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones 7:35
2.2 D2 'Dazed and Confused' Jimmy Page 11:19
2.3 E1 'Stairway to Heaven' Jimmy Page, Robert Plant 8:28
2.4 E2 'The Song Remains the Same' Jimmy Page, Robert Plant 5:35
2.5 E3 'Misty Mountain Hop' Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones 4:48
2.6 F1 'Kashmir' Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham 8:48
2.7 F2 'Whole Lotta Love' Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham, Willie Dixon 6:49
2.8 F3 'Rock and Roll' Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham 4:19

Charts

Album

National chart (2012) Peak position
UK Albums Chart 2
US Billboard The 200 Albums Chart 9
US Billboard Top Digital Albums Chart 9
US Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums Chart 1
US Billboard Top Rock Albums Chart 3
US Billboard Tastemaker Chart 2
US Billboard Top Canadian Albums Chart 4
Australian ARIA Top 40 Albums Chart[4] 3
New Zealand Top 50 Albums Chart[5] 1
Irish Albums Chart 4
French Albums Chart[6] 9
German Albums Chart[7] 1
Belgian Albums Chart (Flemish)[8] 5
Belgian Albums Chart (Walloon)[9] 6
Dutch Albums Chart[10] 2
Danish Albums Chart[11] 4
Norwegian Albums Chart[12] 2
Swedish Albums Chart[13] 2
Finnish Albums Chart[14] 6
Swiss Albums Chart[15] 3
Austrian Albums Chart[16] 3
Spanish Albums Chart[17] 15
Portuguese Albums Chart[18] 9
Italian Albums Chart[19] 5
Polish Albums Chart[20] 1
Czech Albums Chart[21] 1
Hungarian Albums Chart 1
Croatian Albums Chart 2
Estonian Albums Chart 1
Mexican Albums Chart 7
Argentinian Albums Chart 1
Chilean Albums Chart 5
Japanese Albums Chart 4

Sales certifications

Album

Country Unit sales Certification
United Kingdom (BPI) 100,000+ Gold
United States (RIAA)
Canada (Music Canada) 160,000+ 2× Platinum
Australia (ARIA) 35,000+ Gold
New Zealand (RMNZ) 15,000+ Platinum
Ireland (IRMA) 7,500+ Gold
France (SNEP) 50,000+ Gold
Denmark (IFPI Denmark) 10,000+ Gold
Finland (Musiikkituottajat) 14,000+ Gold
Italy (FIMI) 30,000+ Gold
Poland (ZPAV) 100,000+ Diamond
Hungary (Mahasz) 3,000+ Gold
Mexico (AMPROFON) 30,000+ Gold
Brazil (ABPD) 40,000+ Platinum

Credits

Personnel
  • Musicians:
    • Jimmy Page - guitars, producer
    • Robert Plant - vocals
    • John Paul Jones - bass guitar, keyboards
    • Jason Bonham - drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Production:
    • Alan Moulder - audio mixer
    • John Catlin - audio mixing engineer
    • John Davis - audio mastering
    • Tim Summerhayes - sound recordist
    • Richard Lancaster - Pro-Tools engineer
    • Mick Hughes - live sound mixer
    • Shepard Fairey - art direction and design
    • Ross Halfin - photography
    • Chris McCourt - photography
    • Scarlet Page - photography
    • Kevin Westenberg - photography
    • Opium (Arts) Ltd. - management (John Paul Jones)
    • Q Prime - management (Jimmy Page)
    • Trinifold Mgt. Ltd. - management (Robert Plant)

References

  1. Tingen, Paul (January 2013). Inside Track: Mixing the Led Zeppelin Reunion. Sound On Sound. SOS Publications Group. Retrieved on 10 December 2013.
  2. Celebration Day [Live]. MetaCritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved on 10 December 2013.
  3. 56th Annual Grammy Awards nominees. Grammy Awards. The Recording Academy. Retrieved on 27 January 2013.
  4. Australian ARIA Top 40. Retrieved on 10 December 2013.
  5. New Zealand Top 50. Retrieved on 10 December 2013.
  6. French Chart. Retrieved on 10 December 2013.
  7. German Chart. Retrieved on 10 December 2013.
  8. Belgian Chart (Flemish). Retrieved on 10 December 2013.
  9. Belgian Chart (Walloon). Retrieved on 10 December 2013.
  10. Dutch Chart. Retrieved on 10 December 2013.
  11. Danish Chart. Retrieved on 10 December 2013.
  12. Norwegian Chart. Retrieved on 10 December 2013.
  13. Swedish Chart. Retrieved on 10 December 2013.
  14. Finnish Chart. Retrieved on 10 December 2013.
  15. Swiss Chart. Retrieved on 10 December 2013.
  16. Austrian Chart. Retrieved on 10 December 2013.
  17. Spanish Chart. Retrieved on 10 December 2013.
  18. Norwegian Chart. Retrieved on 10 December 2013.
  19. Italian Chart. Retrieved on 10 December 2013.
  20. Polish Chart. Retrieved on 10 December 2013.
  21. Czech Chart. Retrieved on 10 December 2013.