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''How the West Was Won'' is a live triple album by the English rock group Led Zeppelin, released by Atlantic Records on compact disc on 27 May 2003, DVD-Audio on 7 October 2003 and Blu-Ray Audio in 2018. The recordings are taken from two 1972 performances in California during their tour of North America: L.A. Forum (25 June 1972) and Long Beach Arena (27 June 1972).


Background


Guitarist Jimmy Page considers Led Zeppelin at this point to have been at their artistic peak, as is mentioned in the album's liner notes and in an interview he gave to ''The Times'' newspaper in 2010.James Jackson,
Jimmy Page on Led Zeppelin IV, the band's peak and their reunion
''The Times'', 8 January 2010 .
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 concerts were circulated amongst fans after having been stolen from Page's personal archive some time in the mid-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 extensive editing and audio engineering by Page at Sarm West Studios in London before being released on the album. The album was remastered and reissued on 23 March 2018 in many formats, including 3CD, 4LP, Blu-Ray Audio and a Super Deluxe Edition box set.

Reception

The album debuted on the ''Billboard'' 200 chart for the week ending 14 June 2003 at number 1, with sales of 154,000 copies. It remained on the chart for 16 weeks. It was certified gold and platinum by the RIAA on 30 June 2003. ''How the West Was Won'' received an overall score of 97 by review site ''Metacritic''.

Track listing

Notes: *The DVD-Audio version of the album has tracks 1–11 on disc one with tracks 12–18 on disc two. It features the whole album in 24bit/48 kHz for both 5.1 and Stereo. *The Blu-Ray Audio version of the albums has all tracks on one disc. It features the whole album in 24-bit/96kHz DTS-Master Audio 5.1, as well as two stereo tracks (PCM and DTS-MA) *The 4 LP version of the album has tracks 1–4 on Side A, tracks 5, 12 & 13 on Side B, track 6 & 7 on Side C, track 8–10 on Side D, tracks 11, 14 & 15 on Sides E, F & G respectively, and tracks 16–18 on Side H *The medley omitting "Hello Mary Lou" has a runtime of 20:59 in the 2018 reissue

Personnel

Led Zeppelin *John Bonham – drums, percussion, backing vocals, co-lead vocals on "Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp" *John Paul Jones – bass guitar, double bass, bass pedals, keyboards, mandolin, backing vocals *Jimmy Page – guitars, mandolin, backing vocals, production *Robert Plant – vocals, harmonica Additional personnel *Jim Cummins – photography *James Fortune – photography *Drew Griffiths – sound assistant *Ross Halfin – package creative consultant *Eddie Kramer – engineering *Phil Lemon – design, artwork *Jeffrey Mayer – photography *Michael Putland – photography *Kevin Shirley – engineering, mixing *John Davis – mastering (2018 reissue)

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External links


''How the West Was Won'' from Led Zeppelin's official siteThe Garden Tapes
– analysis of live tracks edits for the album * {{DEFAULTSORT:How The West Was Won (Led Zeppelin Album) Category:2003 live albums Category:Albums produced by Jimmy Page Category:Atlantic Records live albums Category:Led Zeppelin live albums Category:Live folk rock albums