- How the West Was Won (Led Zeppelin album)
Infobox Album |
Name = How the West Was Won
Type = live
May 27, 2003
Recorded = June 1972
Length = 150:27
Allmusicrating|4.5|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:ey1m961okep7 link]
Metacritic(97%) [http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/ledzeppelin/howthewestwaswon link]
Pitchfork Media(8.8/10) [http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/19319-how-the-west-was-won link]
Robert ChristgauRating-Christgau|hm1 [http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=led+zeppelin link]
Rolling Stone" rating|4|5 [http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/ledzeppelin/albums/album/274257/review/5944285/how_the_west_was_won link]
Last album = ""
This album = "How the West Was Won"
Next album = "Mothership"
"How the West Was Won" is a triple live album by English
rock group Led Zeppelin, released by Atlantic Recordson CD on May 27, 2003and DVD-Audioon October 20, 2003. These original performances are from the band's 1972 concert tour of the United States, recorded at the L.A. Forum on June 25, 1972and Long Beach Arenaon June 27, 1972. Guitarist Jimmy Pageconsiders Led Zeppelin at this point to have been at their artistic peak, as is mentioned in the album's liner notes.
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 concertswere circulated amongst fans after having been stolen from Page's personal archive some time in the 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.
The songs from the two shows underwent some extensive editing and audio engineering by Pageat
Sarm West Studiosin Londonbefore being released on the album. A comprehensive analysis of live tracks edits for the album can be found at [http://www.simplyled.net/thegardentapes.html The Garden Tapes] . Some songs which were played at the concerts, such as " Communication Breakdown", Thank You and a rare version of " Louie Louie" from the June 25 show, were left off "How the West Was Won".
The album debuted on the
Billboard 200chart for the week ending June 14, 2003at number 1, with sales of 154,000 copies. It remained on the chart for 16 weeks. It was certified gold and platinum record awards by the RIAAon June 30, 2003. The album became the first Led Zeppelin album since 1979's " In Through the Out Door" to reach the #1 position.
"How the West Was Won" is tied with "
SMiLE" by Brian Wilsonand " Van Lear Rose" by Loretta Lynnas the best reviewed album of all time by " Metacritic", with an average score of 97%.
LA Drone" (Jones/Page) – 0:14*
Immigrant Song" (Page/Plant) – 3:42*
# "Heartbreaker" (Bonham/Jones/Page/Plant) – 7:25*
# "Black Dog" (Jones/Page/Plant) – 5:41**
# "Over the Hills and Far Away" (Page/Plant) – 5:08**
Since I've Been Loving You" (Jones/Page/Plant) – 8:02*
Stairway to Heaven" (Page/Plant) – 9:38*
Going to California" (Page/Plant) – 5:37*
That's the Way" (Page/Plant) – 5:54**
Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp" (Jones/Page/Plant) – 4:55*
# "Dazed and Confused" (Page/Bonham) – 25:25**
Walter's Walk" (Page/Plant)
The Crunge" (Bonham/Jones/Page/Plant)
What Is and What Should Never Be" (Page/Plant) – 4:41*
Dancing Days" (Page/Plant) – 3:42*
# "Moby Dick" (Bonham/Jones/Page) – 19:20**
Whole Lotta Love" (Bonham/Dixon/Jones/Page/Plant) – 23:08**
#*"Boogie Chillun" (Hooker) – 3:10
#*"Let's Have a Party" (Robinson) – 1:56
Hello Mary Lou" (Pitney) – 2:08
#*"Going Down Slow" (Oden) – 8:29
# "Rock and Roll" (Bonham/Jones/Page/Plant) – 3:56*
# "The Ocean" (Bonham/Jones/Page/Plant) – 4:21**
Bring It On Home" (Dixon/Page/Plant) – 9:30**
#*"Bring It On Back" (Bonham/Jones/Page/Plant)
*From the Long Beach Arena. **From the LA Forum.
Jimmy Page– acoustic guitar, electric guitar, backing vocals, producer
Robert Plant– Vocals, harmonica
*John Paul Jones –
bass guitar, bass pedals, keyboards, mandolin, backing vocals
John Bonham– drums, percussion, backing vocals, co-lead vocals on "Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp"
Eddie Kramer– engineer
Kevin Shirley– engineer, mixing
Drew Griffiths– sound assistant
Phil Lemon– design, artwork
*Jim Cummins – photography
*James Fortune – photography
Jeffrey Mayer– photography
Michael Putland– photography
*Engineered and mixed at
SARM West Studios, London, March 2003.
*Catalogue: Atlantic 7567835872.
* [http://www.thegardentapes.co.uk The Garden Tapes] - analysis of live tracks edits for the album
*metacritic album|id=ledzeppelin/howthewestwaswon|title=How the West Was Won
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