On September 7, 1968, John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant first took the stage together in Gladsaxe, Denmark. At that time they were called The New Yardbirds.
Later that month they would record their debut album as Led Zeppelin. Rock n Roll would never be the same since!
Before the band's 50th Birthday cellebration which will be in September, Led Zeppelin continues releasing reissues of their classics.
How The West Was Won is generally called THE Led Zeppelin classic live album. The album was originally released back in 2003 after long lost live tapes from 2 legendary concerts at the Los Angeles Forum and one at the Long Beach Arena suddenly surfaced.
Jimmy Page took the recordings and compiled them in a way that it replicates one complete show. Now in 2018 this great album never sounded brighteras it is newly remastered, supervised by Jimmy Page himself.
The songs are spreaded out on three different discs, holding songs from the first four albums as well as some songs from the at that time unreleased Houses of the Holy.
From the powerful exploding “Immigrant Song,” to the more bluesy influenced songs the band explores and shows their potential to the fullest.
It is clear that musicianship is what drives this band and they don't hold back, the ever fantastic rythms by Jones and Bonham completed by the amazing guitarwork by Jimmy Pageand extraordinary vocal abilities by Robert Plant are simply amazing and never matched afterwards.
Very impressive is the dynamic contrast between and inside the songs. This is what influenced so many artists when they got into Led Zeppelin's music.
Just listen to the amazing guitarwork on “Heartbreaker”, from very hard in your face to, very bluesy, classical influenced and delicate.
Disc one includes fantastic bold songs like Immigrant Song, Black Dog and the amazing Stairway to Heaven. (i could go on and mention them all).
On the 2nd disc there is an amazing stretched version of Dazed and Confused with a fantastic spaced part which is exactly what is to be expected back in the early 70's and holds parts of songs which were incomplete at the time such as The Grunge for example.
Also on disc two there is a great long version of Moby Dick on which Bonham shows his amazing and diverse drum skills. In between we have the two shorter songs What Is And What Should Never Be and Dancing Days.
Rock And Roll and The Ocean are fantastic on the 3rd disc but the real highlight there is the amazing Whole Lotta Love which is brought as a medley with early rock, jazz and blues influences poured with a Led Zeppelin sauce. This 20+ track is so impressive it has all the material inside that i would discribe as a whole album instead of one song. Breathtaking!
Summing it up this is by far the most impressive live album ever made, despite the fact that some song parts are taken from the different concerts and blended to a complete song.