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How The West Was Won: Live (3CD) [Original recording remastered, Box set, Live]

Led Zeppelin Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 May 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Box set, Live
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00008OWZC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  DVD Audio  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,817 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. LA Drone (Live)0:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Immigrant Song (Live) 3:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Heartbreaker (Live) 7:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Black Dog (Live) 5:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Over The Hills And Far Away (Live) 5:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Since I've Been Loving You (Live) 8:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Stairway To Heaven (Live) 9:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Going To California (Live) 5:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. That's The Way (Live) 5:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp (Live) 4:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Dazed And Confused (Live)25:25Album Only
Listen12. What Is And What Should Never Be (Live) 4:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Dancing Days (Live) 3:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Moby Dick (Live)19:23Album Only
Listen15. Whole Lotta Love (Live)23:07Album Only
Listen16. Rock And Roll (Live) 3:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. The Ocean (Live) 4:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Bring It On Home (Live) 9:290.99  Buy MP3 


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How the West Was Won has been a long time coming. For a band with such an overarching legacy, the official record of Led Zeppelin's legendary--and unpredictable--live act has previously been poorly represented by the disappointing, scattershot soundtrack to The Song Remains the Same. But this triple-disc live set (culled from 1972 Long Beach/LA shows in advance of Houses of the Holy) addresses history with a vengeance, if a few decades late. These shows have rightfully assumed cult status in the bootleg market, showcasing a band at the peak of its creative and performing powers.

The Zep faithful will welcome this belated release as evidence for enduring loyalty, but younger fans may find its diversity and dynamics even more enlightening--indeed, whole careers have since been built on the musical ideas Jimmy Page and company throw out here as decorative filler. Crucially rooted in the amped-and-hammered American blues of the guitarist's former band, the Yardbirds, the marathon work-outs of "Dazed and Confused" and "Whole Lot a Love" (which consume nearly an hour all by themselves) somehow encompass Ricky Nelson, Morocco, James Brown, Holst, Elvis Presley and Muddy Waters amidst their trademark sturm und drang, while the acoustic set that closes out Disc One showcases the band's--and particularly Robert Plant's--good-natured, crypto-Celtic folk appeal with energetic aplomb. Bigger and brasher than just about any rock act that followed in its historic wake, yet ever fan-loyal to its myriad influences, Led Zeppelin's live juggernaut finally gets the monument it deserves. --Jerry McCulley

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LED ZEPPELIN How The West Was Won (2003 UK 3-CD album set featuring eighteen tracks captured live at the Los Angeles Forum & Long Beach Arena June 25th & 27th 1972 sequenced to replicate a single concert this captures the band at the height of their formidable powers. Alongside such classics as Stairway To Heaven & Rock And Roll are an epic 25-plus minute version of Dazed & Confused & a twenty-three minute medley based around Whole Lotta Love!)

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How the Gods Hammered 11 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
Quite simple - one of the best rock albums ever released.
From the opening "LA Drone" through to Robert Plant's harmonica coda, this is the real deal.
All Zep fans will be astounded by the clarity of the sound.
Jimmy Page has obviously done a fantastic job of re-mastering the original tapes and I am sure he has done a little "tinkering" here and there!!
I have a bootleg of an LA Forum gig from 72 or 74 and his "flub" quota was always quite high but who cares??
The dynamics are astounding and demands to be played at high volume to fully appreciate the sonic variations.
2 minor criticisms though - without visuals, the 20 mins drum solo (Moby Dick) and 7 mins of bowing the guitar in Dazed are hard going.
They would have been better left to the DVD and edited down for the CD. This would have left room for another gem or two (Rain Song or No Quarter?).
People have tended to overlook the contribution of JP Jones and Bonzo over the years and concentrated on the Page/ Plant partnership.
However, this is as much about them as Pagey's magical guitar playing and Plant's exuberant vocals.
John Bonham proves what a truly great drummer he was, displaying an awesome array of styles and volume control that adds dynamics by the bucket load.
JP Jones shows what a solid (without being flashy) player he was and I particularly enjoyed his mandolin playing on the acoustic section.
If there was any doubt before, this album proves what Zep fans already know - they were the best rock band of all time.
I cannot think of a better way of spending 14 quid, that's for sure!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly Dancing Days 15 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is a furious album, listeners can virtually hear nails being ripped off and drumsticks breaking as teh album is forged over three CDs. The first is quite possible the best rock and roll live album in history. Reviled for a time as being bloated pomp-rockers whose cartoon excesses catalysed the advent of Punk, this first CD throws all those thoughts away. It is a furious onslaught of well played , organic rock and roll. Page has never sounded more skilled or more enthused, Plant has never sounded more like a young god, Bonzo and Jones have never interlocked more tightly nor more powerfully.
Its a breathtaking CD without a bad moment on it.
Then...it starts to slide a little on CD2. Sitting as we do THIS side of punk, the extended jams around Dazed and Confused (and worst of all the energetic but rambling and unmusical tubthumping of Moby Dick) serve to remind us why Punk was so desperately needed by 1976. Anyone new to zep would be tured off ny these in my opinion. I'm an old fan but even I skip'em now.
WIAWSNB and dancing Days are sterling efforts , but can't quite rescue CD2 from the 'worst of the three' award.
The final CD restore the world order with a crunching , exhuberant Whole Lotta Love and rock n roll where Zep prove that despite their occasional muso dullness, they could rock without peers, and that they could make dark and disturbing music without goth face paint and drop D tuning.
While not perfect this record makes me wish I had been a 19 year old californian in the early 70's just to have witnessed events such as these gigs.
We shall not see their like again.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a true live Zeppelin album 29 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
It's amazing how little material Led Zeppelin has actually released. Until now the only live Zeppelin available was the poorly thought of soundtrack to the movie "The Song Remains the Same." It's nice that Jimmy Page and company finally did something to change that. "How the West Was Won" is brilliant, showcasing just how great of a live act Zeppelin really was.
Plant sounds great, but what's really amazing is the instrumental firepower he had behind him. That Jimmy Page is a great guitarist is often taken for granted, these three discs illustrate just how much we've taken him for granted. Some of the throwaway chords and riffs that come out of his guitar during the many solos he has on this album are superior to what many of today's musicians labor over. You could write a great rock record with the things that Jimmy thinks aren't worth building a song around.
Perhaps more eyeopening than Page is the work of John Bonham and John Paul Jones. The music revolves around the drums of Bonham, he controls almost everything from his perch behind the drums. The drum sound is incredible too, heavy, thundering, powering, it's like he's issuing you a challenge to ignore him. John Paul Jones also shines. In the studio Page layered guitars upon guitars, you can't do that live, and providing the full rich Zeppelin sound people got used to on the albums fell upon the shoulders of Jones, and he does not dissapoint. Where a lesser band might have had a slight "gap" in their live sound, Jones fills the void. It's amazing, his bass sounds like a lead guitar on "Bring it on Home."
In a world mostly full of disposable pop music it's a real treat to be able to listen to the worlds greatest rock band once more, and to realize just how great they truly were.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At last! 26 May 2003
By Stuie
Format:Audio CD
At last a fitting testament to the live phenomenon that was Led Zeppelin. Zep aficionados will have doubtless sought out and listened to the 'unofficial' live recordings that have always seemed plentiful, as well as, of course the half a show that is the soundtrack to 'The Song Remains the Same'. The advent of 'How The West Was Won' means all those disappointing recordings, with their poor sound and haphazard presentation, can be left to gather dust. This is how Led Zeppelin were supposed to sound live. The quality is excellent, conveying the true might of a band that dominated rock for a decade and beyond. More importantly, the performances are superb. Sure, there is the odd rough edge, but this is a LIVE performance, without a studio overdub in earshot. The renditions of 'Back Dog' and 'Since I've been Loving You' are far better than on 'The Song Remains The Same' while a whole new dimension has been added with the inclusion of the quieter, acoustic based numbers so glaringly absent from that album. In this complete 'show' (actually culled from two seperate gigs played a couple of days apart) the full spectrum of Zeppelin's musical prowess is presented. Plant's singing is magical on 'Going to California', 'That's The Way' and What Is and What Should Never Be'. But to say that it is any less so anywhere else on the album would be doing him a grave injustice. Only six of the eighteen tracks are repeated from 'The Song Remains The Same' CD (seven if you include 'Since I've Been Loving You', which is performed in the film). To hear live for the first time - properly recorded and mixed - songs such as 'Over The Hills and Far Away', 'Dancing Days' and 'The Ocean' is a joy. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent cd really liked it
Published 1 month ago by M. Coakley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great album by Zep with some great live tracks
Published 1 month ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy birthday gift
Happy chap to receive, perfect for in the car for on the way to or from work, happy listening, :)
Published 4 months ago by Tracey-S-
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Sound
great cd if you are into this can't of music, gets you going, and your heart pumping, even other people start to sing
Published 7 months ago by George Mcgill
4.0 out of 5 stars great album
bought years ago and have to say when you want a bit of something different then this album is great for a change of music.
Published 8 months ago by anttippo1
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I Bought This
But Dazed and Confused, Moby Dick and Whole Lotta Love go on too long. The rest is great tho. Would love to know who is playing bass at the end of That's The Way - JPJ is... Read more
Published 9 months ago by King of the Fairies
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets
If this had been released in 1972/3 it would have beeen regarded as one of the all time great live albums
Published 10 months ago by tim rencontre
4.0 out of 5 stars Led Zeppelin
this was everything I hoped and more! Enjoyed every track and play it over and over. As you would expect easy ordering and quick delivery very haqppy.
Published 12 months ago by Mrs Lesley Stocks
5.0 out of 5 stars New stuff to me
I thought I had every Led Zep album but the live stuff on here is new to me .Robert's voice sounds great
Published 15 months ago by Michael
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