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How the West Was Won (Led Zeppelin album)

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: L.A. Forum (25 June 1972) and Long Beach Arena (27 June 1972).

How the West Was Won
Mixed-media stencil portrait of Led Zeppelin
Live album by
Released27 May 2003 (2003-05-27)
Recorded25 and 27 June 1972
Venue
Genre
Length150:27
LabelAtlantic
ProducerJimmy Page
CompilerJimmy Page
Led Zeppelin chronology
Led Zeppelin DVD
(2003)
How the West Was Won
(2003)
Mothership
(2007)

Contents

BackgroundEdit

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.[1]

For many years, live recordings of these two shows only circulated in the form of bootlegs, and even then only certain audience recordings were available to fans and collectors (for example, Burn Like a Candle). Though several soundboard recordings of Led Zeppelin concerts were circulated amongst fans after having been stolen from Page's personal archive some time in the mid-1980s, no soundboards of the 1972 Long Beach or LA Forum shows were taken, meaning the release of How the West Was Won was the first chance fans had of hearing the soundboard versions of these concerts.[2] The songs from the two shows underwent extensive editing and audio engineering by Page at Sarm West Studios in London before being released on the album.

The album was remastered and reissued on 23 March 2018 in many formats, including 3CD, 4LP, Blu-Ray Audio and a Super Deluxe Edition box set.[3]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic97/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [5]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[6]
Pitchfork8.8/10[7]
Rolling Stone     [8]
Stylus MagazineA−[9]
Uncut     [10]

The album debuted on the Billboard 200 chart for the week ending 14 June 2003 at number 1, with sales of 154,000 copies. It remained on the chart for 16 weeks.[11] It was certified gold and platinum by the RIAA on 30 June 2003.[12] [13] How the West Was Won received an overall score of 97 by review site Metacritic.[4]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Classic Rock UK "The 50 Greatest Live Albums Ever"[14] 2003 4
Les Inrockuptibles France "2003 Best Reissues"[15] 2003 4
Record Collector UK "New Albums: Readers Top 10" (2003)[16] 2004 4
The Village Voice US "Albums of the Year"[17] 2004 37
Q UK "10 Live Albums You Must Own"[18] 2005 *
Q UK "The 20 Greatest Live Albums"[19] 2006 11
Rock Hard Germany "The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time[20] 2005 342

(*) designates unordered lists.

Track listingEdit

Disc one
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording date and venueLength
1."LA Drone"John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page27 June, Long Beach Arena0:14
2."Immigrant Song"Page, Robert PlantMixed from both nights3:42
3."Heartbreaker"John Bonham, Jones, Page, PlantMixed from both nights7:25
4."Black Dog"Jones, Page, PlantMixed from both nights5:41
5."Over the Hills and Far Away"Page, PlantMixed from both nights5:08
6."Since I've Been Loving You"Jones, Page, Plant27 June, Long Beach Arena8:02
7."Stairway to Heaven"Page, PlantMixed from both nights; Mellotron from Southampton University, Southampton, England, 22 January 19739:38
8."Going to California"Page, Plant27 June, Long Beach Arena5:37
9."That's the Way"Page, Plant25 June, LA Forum5:54
10."Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp"Jones, Page, Plant27 June, Long Beach Arena4:55
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording date and venueLength
1."Dazed and Confused"
"Walter's Walk"
"The Crunge"
Page (inspired by Jake Holmes)
Page, Plant
Bonham, Jones, Page, Plant
25 June, LA Forum25:25
2."What Is and What Should Never Be"Page, Plant27 June, Long Beach Arena4:41
3."Dancing Days"Page, PlantMixed from both nights3:42
4."Moby Dick"Bonham, Jones, Page25 June, LA Forum19:20
Disc three
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording date and venueLength
1."Whole Lotta Love"
"Boogie Chillun"
"Let's Have a Party"
"Hello Mary Lou" (omitted from 2018 reissue)
"Going Down Slow"
Bonham, Willie Dixon, Jones, Page, Plant
Bernie Besman, John Lee Hooker
Jessie Mae Robinson
Cayet Mangiaracina, Gene Pitney
James B. Oden
25 June, LA Forum20:59
2."Rock and Roll"Bonham, Jones, Page, Plant27 June, Long Beach Arena3:56
3."The Ocean"Bonham, Jones, Page, Plant25 June, LA Forum4:21
4."Bring It On Home"
"Bring It On Back"
Dixon
Bonham, Jones, Page, Plant
25 June, LA Forum9:30

Notes:

  • The DVD-Audio version of the album has tracks 1–11 on disc one with tracks 12–18 on disc two. It features the whole album in 48 kHz/24bit for both 5.1 and Stereo.
  • The Blu-Ray Audio version of the albums has all tracks on one disc. It features the whole album in 96kHz/24-bit DTS-Master Audio 5.1, as well as two stereo tracks (PCM and DTS-MA)
  • The 4 LP version of the album has tracks 1–4 on Side A, tracks 5, 12 & 13 on Side B, track 6 & 7 on Side C, track 8–10 on Side D, tracks 11, 14 & 15 on Sides E, F & G respectively, and tracks 16–18 on Side H
  • The medley omitting "Hello Mary Lou" has a runtime of 20:59 in the 2018 reissue

PersonnelEdit

Led Zeppelin

Additional personnel

ChartsEdit

Chart (2003) Peak
position
French Albums Chart[21] 11
Italian Albums Chart[22] 7
Irish Albums Chart[23] 9
Canadian Albums Chart[24] 1
Polish Albums Chart[25] 24
Norwegian Albums Charts[26] 10
Finnish Albums Chart[27] 23
UK Albums Chart[28] 5
Spanish Albums Chart[29] 39
Austrian Albums Chart[30] 17
Japanese Albums Chart[31] 3
Swedish Albums Chart[32] 16
US Billboard The 200 Albums Chart[33] 1
US Billboard Top Internet Albums[34] 1
Belgian Albums Chart (Walloon)[35] 2
Dutch Albums Chart[36] 15
Australian ARIA Top 50 Albums Chart[37] 10
German Albums Chart[38] 11
Swiss Albums Chart[39] 20
Belgian Albums Chart (Flemish)[40] 9
New Zealand RIANZ Top 50 Albums Chart[41] 13
Danish Albums Chart[42] 25

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[43] Gold 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[44] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[45] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release historyEdit

Region Date Label Format Catalog #
United States 27 May 2003 Atlantic Records Compact Disc 83587-2
7 October 2003 DVD-Audio 83587-9
Japan 27 May 2003 WEA Japan Compact Disc 11585-7

ReferencesEdit

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