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, and DVD-Audio on 7 October 2003. The recordings are taken from two 1972 performances in California: L.A. Forum(25 June 1972) and Long Beach Arena (27 June 1972). 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.
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The following is two anonymous reviews of Led Zeppelin’s fantastic live album:
“Couldn’t get enough of the rocking “Immigrant Song”, the awesome “Over The Hills And Far Away” (I’ve heard some fans comment how this cut was maybe the three-disc’s best track), “Stairway To Heaven”, the timeless (and, beautiful) “Going To California”, “Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp”, the twenty-five minute extended -live- version of “Dazed And Confused”, “Dancing Days” (nice to hear again) and the ass-kicking twenty-three minute power-house performance of their Willie Dixon remake of “Whole Lotta Love” where Zeppelin slips in verses of several familiar songs – by surprise. Almost forgot their incredible play of “Rock And Roll” and “The Ocean” (one of my personal Zeppelin favorites). Comes housed in a nifty triple digi-pack fold-out. No booklet but there is a note from Jimmy Page telling about these two archive gigs from 1972 that he discovered, thus deciding to make this an official release. So glad that he did. Highly recommended.”
“Great Album. I’ll admit i listen to a lot of streaming music, but sometimes you just gotta have the disk. Besides, my premium stereo doesn’t stream. Heard a song from this album, great collection of live recordings from 1972. Always loved Led Zep, this set of live music is amazing.”