First time on vinyl • Newly remastered • blu-ray audio • super deluxe
This March, Warners will reissue Led Zeppelin‘s 2003 live album How The West Was Won across a number of formats, including a super deluxe edition that echoes the treatment given to the studio albums back in 2014/5.
This release is really a precursor to the band’s 50th anniversary celebrations, which officially begin in September this year, since it was September 7, 1968 that John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant first took the stage together in Gladsaxe, Denmark (albeit as The New Yardbirds). The label tell us that details of additional Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary ‘releases and events’ will be announced later this year.
How The West Was Won documents Led Zeppelin’s concerts at the Los Angeles Forum and Long Beach Arena on June 25 and 27, 1972. The best performances from each concert are brought together and sequenced to replicate a single concert from beginning to end. Highlights include a 25-plus minute version of Dazed And Confused and songs from the then unreleased Houses Of The Holy.
The album was originally issued as a three-CD set and a double DVD-A package (with multi-channel audio). The reissue sees the audio newly remastered (supervised by Jimmy Page) and marks the debut of these concert performances being issued on vinyl – a four-LP set, no less.
The 2018 formats are 3CD, 4LP vinyl, a blu-ray audio disc with 96kHz/24 bit 5.1 (DTS-HD Master Audio Surround) and stereo mixes (PCM Stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo) and an eight-disc super deluxe edition box set.
The super deluxe edition box set is an 8-disc set but only has the 5.1 on DVD
The box is very similar to the previous studio sets. It duplicates all the audio on CD and vinyl and includes hi-definition audio via download of all stereo audio content. It also comes with a book with rare and previously unpublished photos etc. and includes a high-quality print of the original album cover (first 30,000 are numbered). Rather inexplicably, for this high-priced ‘top of the range’ package, the box doesn’t include the blu-ray audio with DTS-HD 5.1, but instead opts for a DVD with a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. This is a poor decision, and will surely go down like a Led balloon with fans, who at this level and this price-point want the highest quality audio possible.
How The West Was Won will be reissued on 23 March 2018.
How The West Was Won
LA Drone 0:14
Immigrant Song 3:42
Black Dog 5:41
Over The Hills And Far Away 5:08
Since I’ve Been Loving You 8:02
Stairway To Heaven 9:38
Going To California 5:37
That’s The Way 5:54
Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp 4:55
Dazed And Confused 25:25
– Walter’s Walk
– The Crunge
What Is And What Should Never Be 4:41
Dancing Days 3:42
Moby Dick 19:20
Whole Lotta Love 23.08
– Boogie Chillun
– Let’s Have A Party
– Hello Marylou
– Going Down Slow
Rock And Roll 3:56
The Ocean 4:21
Bring It On Home 9:30
– Bring It On Back