Live Zep: The Hammer Returns
Posted by Mary Peterson on Aug 1, 2003 - 1:30:34 PM
ANGELES—What's the next best thing to a Zeppelin reunion? It's the
long-awaited release of a live Zeppelin CD. Titled "How The West Was
Won," this three-CD set contains previously unreleased live recordings
of two 1972 shows recorded while Zeppelin played the West Coast. The
band had just completed "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses of the Holy" had
yet to be conceived. Jimmy Page, the band's guitar genius and producer
extraordinaire, had long aspired to release a chronological album
containing the band's live performances at their peak. Previous to "How
The West Was Won," the only live performances available to fans were the
"The Song Remains The Same," a soundtrack of a live performance and
"BBC sessions," a double-disc set of their live radio sessions and a
worthy addition to any collection.
Now along comes "How The West Was Won"--a
live album that not only fills this void but also gives fans a faithful
representation of Zeppelin's live shows at their most majestic and
glorious. Representing two shows recorded in Los Angeles, one at the LA
Forum and the other one two days later at the Long Beach Arena, the
listener is taken on a freaked-out journey that is a live Zeppelin
concert. Kevin Shirley, who worked with Page on the "Live At The Greek"
CD, Page's collaboration with The Black Crowes, was enlisted to remix
the songs. Shirley worked to faithfully convey the group in each LA
setting. During the remixing, Shirley was even mindful of the band
members position on stage with Jimmy always on Bonzo's left side and
John Paul Jones on Bonzo's right.
the energy and diversity of the live shows with blues, rock and
acoustic songs. The longer tracks such as the 25-minute "Dazed and
Confused," and the 23-minute "Whole Lotta Love," convey to the audience
the frenzied and spectacular performances that combined to become a live
Zeppelin show while the band was at their peak. This compilation took
32 years to be released proving that great things come to those who
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