Led Zeppelin - How the West Was Won
Well here it is, one of the ultimate documentations of one of Metal's most influential bands, in the ultimate live setting. "How the West was Won," is compiled like a complete live Zeppelin concert, mixing performances from two concerts that took place at Los Angeles' Long Beach Arena and LA Forum in 1972, placed in a discreet order by Jimmy Page himself, obviously organized like a real Zeppelin set list would be. Page discovered these tracks, while searching the archives for material to place on the companion DVD that compliments this set (containing eight hours of video footage!!!).

Well for one thing, this is the "Houses of the Holy" Tour, the last tour that they did before becoming a more art-rock tinged band, going beyond their "blues-based" raw sound. This period is the favorite for many Zeppelin fans; it is when their sound paralleled Black Sabbath's. But all in all it is the perfect showcase for this period showcasing Robert Plant's vocals that come at you like a freight train, Page's phenomenal guitar playing, some of the most aggressive drumming ever played by John Bonham, and the pure musicianship and arrangements of bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones (who in the end, was really responsible for the production on the later period Zeppelin records, seeing that he was always sober and always seemed to dodge tragedy).

It's the energy harnessed here that is the real focus of this album, I mean through the whole album it seems as if Plant is ready to explode with his powerful pipes, even through ballads like the acoustic "Going to California" and "That's the Way." But when it gets electric, it gets wild, many extended tracks grace this record including "Dazed and Confused," clocking at over twenty five minutes, going from the eased dark Sabbath-esque opus to one of Page's wild guitar jam sessions, metamorphosizing from his spooked out violin bow solo, to including riffs from "The Crunge". "Moby Dick" will make any drummer want to put down his sticks for good after hearing Bonham pounding the shit out of the skins (you know, he has been known on many occasions to hit the gong on his drum kit with his fist, now how many drummers would have the balls today to do that, seriously folks, he risked breaking every bone in his hand to do it). "Whole Lotta Love" clocks in at just barely above twenty three minutes, and goes from the barrowing rocker that we all know and love so much to a blues jam session that only Page could execute with such precision, the same precision that he, along with the rest of the band execute when they perform "Stairway to Heaven."

The sound quality is clear as can be, leaving the tape hiss and muddy conations of bootlegs behind, proving that this was not just something that was quickly put together or just conjured up by Atlantic Records for reissues sake, the setlist flows perfectly from one track to the next. Jimmy Page produced this, not to mention these recordings were originally recorded by famed Hard Rock/Metal producer/engineer Eddie Kramer (Kiss, Jimi Hendrix). This release all in all puts "The Song Remains the Same" to shame (not that TSRTS was bad at all), yes those are strong words, I know, but one listen and you will truly understand my statement, this is a close to being there as it gets. Play Loud!

Written by Hashman
Wednesday, September 3, 2003
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Comment by Minstrel Knight (Anonymous) - Friday, August 13, 2004
Led Zeppelin - METAL?!!!

Comment by Pat (Anonymous) - Friday, August 20, 2004
You bet. Classic metal.

Comment by Minstrel Knight (Anonymous) - Tuesday, August 31, 2004
If you dont know Led Zeppelin is Classic ROCK

Comment by Travis Jones (Anonymous) - Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Led Zeppelin is probbally one of the earliest metal bands out there.

Comment by J Leeson (Anonymous) - Monday, January 10, 2005
i think its pretty amusing how there is nothing about this album in the comments - just a small debate on the genre in which led zeppelin are. i'll wrap it up - they are in their own league. they spawned a new generation of rock which we may call death metal or power meatl today. zeppelin tho - i wud say are rock. i dont have this album and have never heard it however. stairway to heaven tho - CLASSIC!!

Comment by JiMmYtA pAgE (Anonymous) - Sunday, March 13, 2005
i love u jimmy page

Comment by Pat (Anonymous) - Thursday, April 7, 2005
Minstrel Knight... these guys were one of the heaviest, if not the heaviest of their time. They've definitely got some metal in there.

Comment by nemesis (Anonymous) - Thursday, August 3, 2006
led zeppelin were the first metal band

Comment by ***pipsqueak*** (Anonymous) - Thursday, September 27, 2007
Check out the version of "The Song Remains the Same" on the DVD. I never got this song until I heard this version. Totally intense...Bonham's drumming at the beginning is insane (actually, I never really understood all the fuss over Bonham until I heard this also). The great magic of Zeppelin was their ability to play all styles of music and play them all great.

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Atlantic Records - 2003

Disc One
1- LA Drone
2- Immigrant Song
3- Heartbreaker
4- Black Dog
5- Over the Hills and Far Away
6- Since I've Been Loving You
7- Stairway to Heaven
8- Going to California
9- That's the Way
10- Bron-Yr-Aur-Stomp

Disc Two
1- Dazed and Confused
2- What is and What Should Never Be
3- Dancing Days
4- Moby Dick

Disc three
1- Whole Lotta Love
2- Rock and Roll
3- The Ocean
4- Bring it on Home

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