Remastered with Supervision from Jimmy Page, First-Ever Release on Vinyl: How the West Was Won Is the Definitive Led Zeppelin Live Set, Features Peak 1972 Performances and Incredible Sound
Led Zeppelin remains one of the most bootlegged bands in history for good reason: The group's live abilities were often second to none. How the West Was Won, the best-sounding Led Zeppelin concert recording available – official or otherwise – serves as proof of the quartet's power, grandeur, dynamics, charisma, and sixth-sense interplay. Remastered 15 years after its original release on CD, the collection here sees its debut on vinyl courtesy of a 180-gram audiophile-quality 4LP set that presents Robert Plant and company at the peak of their prowess. Assembled from two shows from the Los Angeles Forum and Long Beach Arena captured in late June 1972, How the West Was Won teems with muscularity and majesty – the performances the stuff of legend, the impact undeniable.
For many of those who never had the privilege of seeing Led Zeppelin in person, this is your ticket – an experience that in analog bursts with vivid details, colors, textures, and emotions. Wrapping everything that is revered about the band into one package, How the West Was Won documents Zeppelin's explosive electric energy and its calmer, beautiful acoustic side. Listen and delight in the intro to "Stairway to Heaven" – portrayed with minimal audience noise – and indulge in the 25-minute-plus epic "Dazed and Confused" and a 23-minute workout of the blues-blustered "Whole Lotta Love." Revel in the iron-fisted heaviness of "Black Dog" and pound your feet to the mesmerizing rhythms of "That's the Way." And that's just the beginning. Dancing days are indeed here again.
• Live from Long Beach and Los Angeles in 1972
• First time on vinyl
• 18 tracks; remastered audio supervised by Jimmy Page
• 4 LPs on 180-gram vinyl