How the West Was Won (album)

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How the West Was Won
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Type Live album
Artist Led Zeppelin
Release Date 28 May 2003 (US), 27 May 2003 (UK)
Recorded 25 - 27 June 1972 at
The Forum, Inglewood, California;
Long Beach Arena, California.
Mixed at Sarm West Studios, London.
Genre Hard rock, blues rock, folk rock
Language English
Length 150 minutes 27 seconds
Label Atlantic Records
Catalogue Atlantic 83587-2 (US), Atlantic 7567-83587-2 (UK)
Producer Jimmy Page
Engineer Eddie Kramer, Kevin Shirley

How the West Was Won is a triple live album by English rock group Led Zeppelin, released by Atlantic Records on compact disc on 27 May 2003, and DVD-Audio on 7 October 2003.

Overview

These live performances are from Led Zeppelin's 1972 concert tour of the United States, documented at the LA Forum on 25 June 1972 and Long Beach Arena on 27 June 1972. The West in How the West Was Won referring to the West Coast of California.

For several decades, live coverage of these two concerts only circulated in the form of bootlegs, and even then only select audience recordings were accessible to collectors and fans (The Forum bootlegs include Burn Like a Candle, Burn That Candle, A Night In the Heartbreak Hotel, while Long Beach Arena was covered by Wild Beach Party). This release is the first time soundboard recordings were officially made available of these concerts.[1] The material from the two performances experienced some editing by Kevin Shirley and Page at Sarm West Studios in London before being released. This was done for quality constraints. 'Communication Breakdown', 'Thank You' and a one-off version of 'Louie Louie' from the 25 June show, were absent from How the West Was Won.

Reception

The album debuted on the US Billboard 200 chart for the week ending 14 June 2003, at number 1, with initial sales of 154,000 units. It charted for 16 weeks.[2] It was certified first gold and then platinum (1,000,000 units) by the RIAA on 30 June 2003.[3] How the West Was Won became the first Led Zeppelin release since 1979's In Through the Out Door to achieve the number 1 position.[4][5] The album scored a credible 97% as one of the best reviewed album of all time by Metacritic magazine.

Reviews

Reviewer Country Review Year Score
Scott Floman (Goldmine) United States Rock and Soul Album Reviews 2002 A

Accolades

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Classic Rock United Kingdom The 50 Greatest Live Albums Ever[6] 2003 4
Les Inrockuptibles France 2003 Best Reissues[7] 2003 4
Record Collector United Kingdom New Albums: Readers Top 10 (2003)[8] 2004 4
The Village Voice United States Albums of the Year[9] 2004 37
Q United Kingdom 10 Live Albums You Must Own[10] 2005 *
Q United Kingdom The 20 Greatest Live Albums[11] 2006 11

(*) designates unordered lists.

Track list

Album information

Track listing:

  • Disc 1:
  1. 'LA Drone' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) – 0:14
  2. 'Immigrant Song' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) – 3:42
  3. 'Heartbreaker' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) – 7:25
  4. 'Black Dog' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) – 5:41
  5. 'Over the Hills and Far Away' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 5:08
  6. 'Since I've Been Loving You' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) – 8:02
  7. 'Stairway to Heaven' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) – 9:38
  8. 'Going to California' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) – 5:37
  9. 'That's the Way' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) – 5:54
  10. 'Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) – 4:55
  • Disc 2:
  1. 'Dazed and Confused' (Jimmy Page) [inc. 'Walter's Walk' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant), 'The Crunge' (John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant)] – 25:27
  2. 'What Is and What Should Never Be' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) – 4:41
  3. 'Dancing Days' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 3:42
  4. 'Moby Dick' (John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page) – 19:20
  • Disc 3:
  1. 'Whole Lotta Love' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham, Willie Dixon) [inc. 'Boogie Chillun' (John Lee Hooker, Bernard Besman), 'Let's Have a Party' (Jerry Leiber), 'Hello Marylou' (Gene Pitney), 'Going Down Slow' (James B Oden)] – 23:08
  2. 'Rock and Roll' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) – 3:56
  3. 'The Ocean' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) – 4:21
  4. 'Bring It On Home' (Willie Dixon) [inc. 'Bring It On Back' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham)– 9:30

Chart positions

Album

Chart (2003) Peak position
French Albums Chart[12] 11
Italian Albums Chart[13] 7
Irish Albums Chart[14] 9
Canadian Albums Chart[15] 1
Polish Albums Chart[16] 24
Norwegian Albums Charts[17] 10
Finnish Albums Chart[18] 23
UK Albums Chart[19] 5
Spanish Albums Chart[20] 39
Austrian Albums Chart[21] 17
Japanese Albums Chart[22] 3
Swedish Albums Chart[23] 16
US Billboard The 200 Albums Chart[24] 1
US Billboard Top Internet Albums[25] 1
Belgian Albums Chart (Walloon)[26] 2
Dutch Albums Chart[27] 15
Australian ARIA Top 50 Albums Chart[28] 10
German Albums Chart[29] 15
Swiss Albums Chart[30] 20
Belgian Albums Chart (Flemish)[31] 9
New Zealand RIANZ Top 50 Albums Chart[32] 13
Danish Albums Chart[33] 25

Sales certifications

Country Sales Certification
Brazil (ABDP) 50,000+ Gold[34]
United Kingdom (BPI) 180,000+ Gold[35]
United States (RIAA) 1,000,000+ Platinum[36]
Canada (CRIA) 100,000+ Platinum[37]

Certification history

Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold 30 June 2003
RIAA – USA Platinum 30 June 2003

Credits

Personnel
  • Musicians:
    • Jimmy Page – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, backing vocals, producer
    • Robert Plant – vocals, harmonica
    • John Paul Jones – bass guitar, keyboards, bass pedals, mandolin, backing vocals
    • John Bonham - drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Production:
    • Peter Grant – executive producer on original recordings
    • Eddie Kramer - engineer
    • Kevin Shirley - engineer, mixing
    • Drew Griffiths - sound assistant
    • Jim Cummins – photography
    • James Fortune – photography
    • Jeffrey Mayer – photography
    • Michael Putland – photography
    • Phil Lemon - art direction, design
    • Ross Halfin - package creative consultant

Notes

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  3. RIAA Certifications for June. Billboard. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  4. Zep Gives Retail Whole Lotta $$. Billboard. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  5. Zeppelin Smashes Records as CD/DVDs Debut at No. 1 - 4 June 2003. Billboard. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  6. Classic Rock - The 50 Greatest Live Albums Ever (2003). Classic Rock. Retrieved on 2009-02-10.
  7. 2003 Best Reissues. Les Inrockuptibles. Retrieved on 2009-02-10.
  8. New Albums: Readers Top 10. Record Collector. Retrieved on 2009-02-10.
  9. Albums of the Year (2004). The Village Voice. Retrieved on 2009-02-10.
  10. 10 Live Albums You Must Own - April 2005. Q. Retrieved on 2009-02-10.. Note: the list is unranked.
  11. The 20 Greatest Live Albums - June 2006. Q. Retrieved on 2009-02-10.
  12. Top 100 Albums - 25 May 2003. lescharts.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
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  16. Top 50 Albums - 1 June 2003. OLIS. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
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  19. Top 100 Albums - 7 June 2003. chartstats.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  20. Top 100 Albums - 7 June 2003. PROMUSICAE. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
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  22. Top 100 Albums - 11 June 2003. Oricon. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
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  24. Billboard.com How the West Was Won - 14 June 2003. Billboard. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
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  32. Top 100 Albums - 29 June 2003. RIANZ. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  33. Top 100 Albums - 8 August 2003. danishcharts.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  34. ABDP How the West Was Won - 2003. ABDP. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  35. BPI How the West Was Won certification - 13 June 2003. BPI. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  36. RIAA.org How the West Was Won - 30 June 2003. RIAA. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  37. CRIA How the West Was Won - 2 February 2004. CRIA. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.