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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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November 21, 1968 - Robert becomes a father to a baby girl named Carmen Jane.
November 09, 1968 - Robert marries Maureen in London. Their reception is a performance at the Roundhouse in London
November xx, 1969 - Tempers flare over Atlantic in the UK wanting to release singles
November xx, 1969 - Recording for Led Zeppelin III begins at Olympic Studios in London
November xx, 1970 - Plans are in motion for a Yardbirds reunion
November 08, 1971 - Finally after much anticipation, Untitled is released
November xx, 1972 - Houses Of The Holy is mixed and completed
November 10, 1972 - Led Zeppelin sell out 120,000 tickets in one day
November xx, 1973 - Initial recordings for Physical Graffiti commences at Headley Grange
November 04, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finalize the purchase of Headley Grange to be their new corporate headquarters
November xx, 1974 - The band makes plans and rehearses for the tenth North American tour
November xx, 1975 - Led Zeppelin records Presence in a mere 18 days
November xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin book into Ezyhire Studios to rehearse new material for an upcoming tour
November 04, 1976 - The Song Remains The Same movie premieres in Europe
November xx, 1977 - Jimmy dispells rumors of Led Zeppelin’s break up
November 06, 1978 - Led Zeppelin purchase and ship new gear to Polar Studios to begin work on a new album
November 10, 1979 - Led Zeppelin and their entire entourage attend an ABBA concert
November 07, 1980 - The band meets with Peter Grant to announce the retirement of Led Zeppelin
November 29, 1999 - The RIAA announced that Led Zeppelin were only the third act in music history to achieve four or more Diamond albums, a Diamond album being awarded for accredited sales of more than 10 million units in the US.
November 01, 2007 - An announcement was made that Jimmy Page had fractured his finger on his left hand after a fall in his garden and the reunion show would be postponed to December 10, 2007.
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