How the West Was Won is a live triple album by the English rock group Led Zeppelin, released by Atlantic Records on compact disc on 27 May 2003, and DVD-Audio on 7 October 2003. The recordings are taken from two 1972 performances in California: . Forum (25 June 1972) and Long Beach Arena (27 June 1972). Guitarist Jimmy Page considers Led Zeppelin at this point to have been at their artistic peak, as is mentioned in the album's liner notes and in an interview he gave to The Times newspaper in 2010.
The third live album by English band Led Zeppelin is actually a triple album that covered the band’s performances from their North American Tour 1972. How The West Was Won was recorded at the . This triple live album was certified gold and platinum by the RIAA on the 30th of June 2003. How The West Was Won Q&A. Why weren't new tracks added in the remastered version? Page said in an interview: I’m not entirely sure why ‘Tangerine’ was left off because it was really good. But I didn’t want to mess with the album so we haven’t added it or any other tracks. What’s important, though, is that you can get the album on vinyl for the first time.
In the album’s booklet, Page notes that Led Zeppelin were at their peak during this era. And he may be right.
HOW THE WEST WAS WON highlights the best performances from Led Zeppelin’s legendary concerts at the Los Angeles Forum and Long Beach Arena on June 25 and 27, 1972. Melded together and sequenced to replicate a single concert from beginning to end, the three-CD collection captures the band at the height of its formidable powers.
For years, Led Zeppelin fans complained that there was one missing item in the group's catalog: a good live album. It's not that there weren't live albums to be had. The Song Remains the Same, of course, was a soundtrack of a live performance, but it was a choppy, uneven performance, lacking the majesty of the group at its peak
Led Zeppelin, authors of the radio-history and so many hallowed riffs and sexual double-entendres involving fruit, are so played-out at this point that they've managed to become taken for granted. Jimmy Page found the two 1972 Los Angeles shows featured on the triple disc How the West Was Won while poring over his archives for what was to be a straight DVD release. And just like that, new magic is cast, new legends are born. One of the interesting things about Zep (and if you believe the rockists, this holds true for any truly "great" band) is that they made their most definitive statements in concert.
Guitarist Jimmy Page considers Led Zeppelin at this point to have been at their artistic peak, as is mentioned in the album's liner notes In an interview he gave to The Times newspaper in 2010, when asked which performances from Led Zeppelin's career stand out to him now, he made reference to these gigs: I think what we did on How the West was Won – that 1972 gig – is pretty much a testament of how good it was It would have been nice to have had a little more visual recordings, but there you go That’s the conundrum of Led Zeppelin!1.
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|1-5||Over The Hills And Far Away||5:08|
|1-6||Since I've Been Loving You||8:02|
|1-7||Stairway To Heaven||9:38|
|1-8||Going To California||5:37|
|1-9||That's The Way||5:54|
|2-1a||Dazed And Confused||25:25|
|2-2||What Is And What Should Never Be||4:41|
|3-1a||Whole Lotta Love
Written-By – Willie Dixon
Written-by [Original] – Bernard Besman, John Lee Hooker
|3-1c||Let's Have A Party
Written-by [Original] – Jerry Leiber
Written-by [Original] – Gene Pitney
|3-1e||Going Down Slow
Written-by [Original] – James B. Oden
|3-2||Rock And Roll||3:56|
|3-4a||Bring It On Home
Written-By – Willie Dixon
|3-4b||Bring It On Back|
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