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West Was Won

June 25 and 27, 1972

 
 
 
 
 

Led Zeppelin Live How the West Was Won - Review

Led Zeppelin - How the West Was Won

Los Angeles  6/25/72 & Long Beach 6/27/72 

The release of How the West Was Won was released the same day as their video, Led Zeppelin DVD, adding to small amount of live Led Zeppelin that was previously available.   

How the West Was Won is a tremendous collection of Led Zeppelin music on tour for their 1972 tour that includes several songs from their yet to be released album, Houses of the Holy.   This three disc set is a composite of their performances on July 25, and 27, 1972, in Southern California.  The flow replicates a complete concert and is a must have for any Led Zeppelin fan.  

The musical brilliance begins on disc one and does not let up throughout the album.  The show begins with shorter blues oriented material with strong versions of some of their best songs including "Heartbreaker" and "Since I've Been Loving You."  They slip in a tremendous version of the "Over the Hills and Far Away." Unlike the studio version, this takes a more electric tone, where as the original has an acoustic folk feel.  Later in the set, the band plays three acoustic songs which are fabulous, featuring some great mandolin playing by John Paul Jones.  

Beginning on disc two and continuing throughout the collection, the band performs their more lengthy improvisational numbers. Both "Dazed and Confused" and "Whole Lotta Love" comfortably clock in at over 20 minutes each.  The rendition of "Dazed and Confused" includes Jimmy Pages violin bow expedition, but just as impressive is they way incorporate the rhythmically based track "The Crunge" from their House of the Holy album within the song, nice segue.  Not surprising, "Whole Lotta Love" incorporates a medley of various songs. When they finally get back to the theme of  "Whole Lotta Love," John Bonham plays some furious patterns. Apparently a warm up for the two songs that follow "Rock and Roll" and "The Ocean" that both emphasize the tightness of Led Zeppelin's rhythm section, as well as Jimmy Page quickness on the fret board.  They close the disc strongly with a track from the blues legend Willie Dixon "Bring it on Home." 

Led Zeppelin's three disc set How the West Was Won is an incredible album. For fans that already have the other three live Led Zeppelin releases there is quite a bit of duplication.  However, do not let that stop you from getting this. Barry Small
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Led Zeppelin Live How the West Was Won - Song List
Track List

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Disc 1

1.Drone * :14 (Page / Jones)
2.Immigrant Song * 3:42 (Page / Plant) 
3.Heartbreaker * 7:25 (Page / Plant / Jones / Bonham) 
4. Black Dog ** 5:41 (Page / Plant / Jones) 
5. Over the Hills and Far Away ** 5:08 (Page / Plant) 
6. Since I've Been Loving You * 8:02 (Page / Plant / Jones) 
7. Stairway to Heaven * 9:38 (Page / Plant) 
8. Going to California * 5:37 (Page / Plant) 
9. That's the Way * 5:54 (Page / Plant) 
10. Bron Yr Aur Stomp * 4:55 (Page / Plant / Jones) 

Disc 2

1. Dazed and Confused ** 25:25 (Page)
    > The Crunge > Dazed and Confused
2. What Is and What Should Never Be * 4:41 (Page / Plant)  
3. Dancing Days * 3:42 (Page / Plant) 
4. Moby Dick ** 19:20 (Bonham / Jones / Page)

Disc 3

1. Whole Lotta Love ** 23:08 
    (Page / Plant / Bonham / Jones / Willie Dixon) 
2. Rock and Roll * 3:56 (Page / Plant / Jones / Bonham) 
3.The Ocean ** 4:21 (Page / Plant / Jones / Bonham) 
4. Bring it on Home ** 9:30 (Willie Dixon)

*  Long Beach
** LA Forum 

Led Zeppelin Live How the West Was Won - Musicians
Musicians:       

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Jimmy Page - Guitar 
Robert Plant - Vocals, Harmonica
John Paul Jones - Keyboards, Bass, Mandolin
John Bonham - Drums

Led Zeppelin Live How the West Was Won - - Credits
Notes:

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Released - 2003 
Produced by Jimmy Page
Label - Atlantic

I expected the package to include a booklet with some notes and photos, but all that is included are standard album credits. The packaging is a little cheap with paper instead of a plastic case. 


Concert Set List

The tracks on How the West Was Won are from two dates, blended together as if it was a complete concert. 

6/25/1972 - LA Forum set list

1. Immigrant Song 
2. Heartbreaker 
3. Over The Hills And Far Away 
4. Black Dog
5. Since I've Been Loving You 
6. Stairway To Heaven 
7. Going To California 
8. That's The Way 
9. Tangerine 
10. Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp 
11. Dazed And Confused 
12. What Is And What Should Never Be 
13. Dancing Days 
14. Moby Dick 
15. Whole Lotta Love (medley) 
16. Rock And Roll 
17. The Ocean 
18. Louie Louie 
19. Thank You 
20. Communication Breakdown 
21. Bring It On Home


6/27/1972 - Long Beach Arena set list

1. Immigrant Song 
2. Heartbreaker 
3. Black Dog 
4. Over The Hills And Far Away 
5. Since I've Been Loving You 
6. Stairway To Heaven 
7. Going To California 
8. That's The Way 
9. Tangerine 
10. Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp 
11. Dazed And Confused 
12. What Is And What Should Never Be 
13. Dancing Days 
14. Moby Dick 
15. Whole Lotta Love (medley) 
16. Rock And Roll

The set lists from these performances indicate that there were additional songs performed which would have been nice if they were included, especially since there is time on the discs.  The most important omission is " Tangerine as no other live album to date includes this track. The other songs performed, but not on the album are "Louie Louie," "Thank You," and "Communication Breakdown."  Perhaps there are reasons that additional songs were left off due to tape problems, but if not they should have been included. 

Led Zeppelin Live How the West Was Won - Ordering

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Led Zeppelin Live How the West Was Won - Ordering

 

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