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How The West Was Won Live

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The West was Los Angeles and Long Beach, where Led Zep performed two legendary shows in June 1972, which have been seamlessly edited together to form one incredible live album. Probably the highlight is the monstrous, 25-minute version of Dazed and Confused , but the 23-minute medley based on Rock and Roll comes close. Great performances, great price!

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For a band with such an overarching legacy, the official record of Led Zeppelin's legendary--and unpredictable--live act has heretofore 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. Zep faithful will welcome the 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 toss off here as decorative filler. Crucially rooted in the amped-and-hammered American blues of the guitarist's former band, the Yardbirds, the marathon workouts of "Dazed and Confused" and "Whole Lotta 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


Disc: 1
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
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Disc: 2
1. Dazed And Confused
2. What Is And What Should Never be
3. Dancing Days
4. Moby Dick
Disc: 3
1. Whole Lotta Love
2. Rock And Roll
3. The Ocean
4. Bring It On Home

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 27, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00008OWZC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (481 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,912 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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220 of 229 people found the following review helpful By BGFN8 on May 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I was fortunate enough to get this from a local independent record store 3 days before its release. Immediately after hearing it, I knew that the planet was in for a treat. This, and the accompanying DVD, were hyped up among Zeppelin fans. After listening to this CD, I can safely say it is getting all the hype it deserves, maybe even not enough.
Though I enjoyed The Song Remains the Same album and film, this blows that out of the water. The sound quality is excellent, this has more to offer, and is just better in every way.
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 live best. Listening to it makes me wish I had been born early enough to witness Led Zeppelin in concert, and I envy those who were there at those shows, witnessing a night of history. The versions of "Whole Lotta Love," "Dazed & Confused," and "Bring It On Home" are all at least 10 minutes 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, pure Zeppelin bliss. As expected, "Dazed & 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-Yr-Aur Stomp." The latter was a personal highlight for me, as the song is a tribute to Robert Plant's dog, he calls out the dog's name, Strider, at the end.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Jaybee on May 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The alternate title for this review is "Got Zeppelin?". Cause if you don't, you really need to do so immediately. The release of this 3CD live set confirms what many of us have believed for some time. Many, if not most, of the bands that we grew up with taped their shows. We all have talked about where are the live releases of these concerts. Now we know, at least in the case of Led Zeppelin.
In 1972, these 4 lads were in total command of their composing and performing powers. They had 4 solid releases behind them and were touring in advance of "Houses of the Holy". The power of this band was always in their live performances.
This is irrevocably confirmed in the first listen of the first disc. Jimmy gets this whole secondary riff thing going in "Immigrant Song" that just leaps out at you. My reaction was one of "oh, yea, that works". HOTH is first experienced on track 5, "Over The Hills And Far Away", where the band lays it out ever so finely with Plant's vocals at center stage. Variations on a theme are heard as Page noodles an alternate riff throughout. To those of us, and there are many, who know Zep's music note for note, this is so refreshing. To hear these alternate riffs throughout this album makes it very engaging and absolutely essential. The blues base of the band is in your face throughout an 8 minute "Since I've Been Loving You". The alternate or secondary riff thing happens again as Jimmy and John Paul trade licks on "Going to California". John Paul's mandolin playing is sweet, yet forceful, a ying to Jimmy's guitar yang.
Disc 2 burns rubber as "Dazed and Confused" commands 25 minutes of attention. This is not your mother's D+C, or even the D+C we know so well from a certain Live Concert Film from Madison Square Garden. This is something else entirely.
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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Painteddog on June 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I was a little worried when I saw the times for Dazed and Confused(25:25) and Whole Lotta Love(23:08). I thought, 'uh oh, it's The Some Remains the Same soundtrack all over again.' I couldn't have been further from the truth. They have an energy that was definitly missing from the SRTS soundtrack. The accoustic set on disk 1 is amazing. Plus, the live version of the then unreleased Over the Hills and Far Away, is alone worth the price.
If you're looking for the "live Zeppelin" that the people that actually saw them live always talk about, it's this CD. Buy this and the BBC sessions Zep and let's pretend The Song Remains the Same Soundtrack never happened.
Now let's all pray that Page, Plant, and Jones can actually get along long enough for a reunion tour for all of us Zep fans who never got to see them. (and yes, an older Led Zeppelin IS better than nothing)
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Bushman VINE VOICE on May 29, 2003
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I had my doubts about this set. The Song Remains The Same from '73 is so crummy that I wondered how good could this one really be? Turns out it is pretty spectacular, the band is on fire. Two things really stand out for me: Jimmy Page was a production innovator / master / perfectionist in the studio and those obsesively perfect renditions of these songs have been burned into our minds by classic rock radio. Turns out he was a passionate / no-net / seat of his pants improviser too and this take no prisoners ethos was equally matched by the rest of the band. Also, this is such a reminder that the blooze-jam approach was the fashion of the day in '72 and in many ways, there is really not that much separating the 1972 Led Zeppelin in their approach from Santana and The Grateful Dead in the same period (listen to Santan'a Lotus live album from '73 or the Dead's Europe '72 to see what I mean) even if the resulting music is miles apart.

Incredible!
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