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How The West Was Won

How The West Was Won
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This collection of performances from 2 shows in 1972 (June 25th at LA Forum, June 27th at Long Beach Arena) represent Led Zeppelin at their best. The versions of Whole Lotta Love, Dazed and Confused, and Bring It On Home are all at least 10 minutes in length and are sure to please every Zeppelin fan out there. Whole Lotta Love is here in all its live glory, containing the medley of covers that extended it to 23+ minutes of pure Zeppelin bliss. As expected, Dazed and Confused features Jimmy Page playing his guitar with the violin bow, and is yet another stellar version of this song to add to our CD collections. The acoustic set here is also present, featuring excellent versions of Going to California, That's The Way, and Bron-Y-Aur Stomp. The medley of LA Drone & Immigrant Song kicks the set off with a bang, and an excellent version of Heartbreaker follows, with Page totally kicking but during his solo, incorporating Bach's Bouree in E-Minor into it. There are stellar versions of Stairway to Heaven, Since I've Been Loving You, and What Is and What Should Never Be on here as well. As expected, the 23-minute Whole Lotta Love medley is a definite highlight, as is Dazed and Confused. Drummers are bound to be impressed by the late, great John Bonham's extended drum solo on Moby Dick.

Although the Houses of the Holy album had yet to be released, those in attendence were treated to previews of some of the songs, and the versions of Over the Hills and Far Away, Dancing Days, and The Ocean all kick massive behind. A just-under-10-minute version of Bring It On Home closes off this CD with a bang, and leaving the listener in awe.

Also when listening to it, one cannot help but notice how good the sound quality is. Any Zeppelin fan knows that Jimmy Page, producer for all the albums and a key songwriter, settles for nothing but the best, and only that. When Led Zeppelin's catalogue was first released on CD, the sound quality was inferior, so Jimmy Page himself remastered the CDs, showing that he not only cares about the old fans, but the young fans growing in the 1990s discovering the group. With BBC Sessions, Jimmy was in charge of that, and gave us a great sounding album of BBC material. And once again, he has proven his loyalty to the fans (and to himself and his band) and given us an amazing-sounding live record with great material on it.
Statistics

Released:
May 27, 2003 (US)
May 27, 2003 (UK)

Chart Position:
#1 (US) #5 (UK)

Certified:
Gold: May 27, 2003
Multi Platinum: May 27, 2003

Tracks

CD ONE
1. LA Drone
2. Immigrant Song
3. Heartbreaker
4. Black Dog
5. Over The Hills And Far Away
6. Since I've Been Loving You
7. Stairway To Heaven
8. Going To California
9. That's The Way
10. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp

CD TWO
1. Dazed And Confused
2. What Is And What Should Never Be
3. Dancing Days
4. Moby Dick

CD THREE
1. Whole Lotta Love
2. Rock And Roll
3. The Ocean
4. Bring It On Home
Quick Fact

Plant said, "When we did the LA Forum, we made some recordings of the rehearsal, and we did about an hour's run through which we ended up getting an echo set going. I think we played every number on Elvis' 'Golden Discs Volume One'."
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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

February 7, 1962 - Deborah Bonham, sister to John, was born in Redditch, Worcestershire, England
February 23, 1966 - Warren Grant, son of Peter, was born.
February xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin enters the Billboard Top 40
February 16, 1969 - Led Zeppelin wrap up their first American tour in Baltimore, MD.
February 07, 1970 - Edinburgh gig cancelled after Plant receives facial injuries in a car accident
February 28, 1970 - The band performs as "The Nobs" in Copenhagen after threat of legal action from Countess Von Zeppelin
February xx, 1971 - John Paul Jones involved in legal issues regarding a musician who shares the same name
February xx, 1971 - Overdubs for the fourth album are recorded at Island Studios
February 14, 1972 - The band is refused admission into Singapore due to their long hair
February 16, 1972 - The Australian tour begins in Perth
February 21, 1972 - Led Zeppelin: Rock and Roll b/w Four Sticks (Atlantic 45-2865) 45 single is released in the US.
February xx, 1973 - The band makes final preparations for the European tour
February 16, 1973 - The release date for Houses Of The Holy is pushed back due to some sleeve problems
February xx, 1974 - Sessions for Physical Graffiti continue
February 14, 1974 - Page, Plant and Bonham attend a Roy Harper concert
February 04, 1975 - Zeppelin perform a last minute show at Nassau Coliseum to accomodate fans after being banned in Boston
February 24, 1975 - Physical Graffiti finally issued worldwide to phenomenal sales
February xx, 1976 - Media reports that Zeppelin are due to release an album entitled Obelisk
February xx, 1977 - Robert contracts a bout of tonsillitis postponing the American tour
February xx, 1978 - Robert Plant helps produce a record for punk band Dansette Damage
February 16, 1978 - The cases against Bonham, Cole & Grant stemming from the Oakland incident are heard and all receive suspended prison sentences and fines
February xx, 1979 - Although absent from the US stage or market, Led Zeppelin rank best in many music magazine categories
February xx, 1979 - Mixing sessions for In Through The Out Door take place at Polar Studios. Rumors fly of a European tour
February 03, 1980 - Robert joins Dave Edmund’s Rockpile at the Birmingham Top Rank
February 13, 2005 - Led Zeppelin receives a Grammy for Lifetime Achievment.
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