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How the West Was Won

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  • June 25, 1972 is one source of “How the West Won” and is known to bootleg collectors as “Burn Like a Candle.” It’s one of the group’s best shows and was, along with the June 27 show, an ideal choice for this set. With much more spark than “The Song Remains the Same,” and more atmosphere than “BBC Sessions,” “How the West Won” is destined to become Zeppelin’s definitive live set (until Page releases a set with one of the Earl’s Court shows from 1975!).The floodgates open with the hammer of the gods, “Immigrant Song”, and there’s no chance for the audience or listener to catch their breath with a jump right into “Heartbreaker”. The stage is set for a no-holds barred show. The tracks from “Houses of the Holy” that the band added to the set list just days earlier sound fresh out of the box, especially “Dancing Days.”"Dazed and Confused” live was never the same twice and this edition is proof of that. Page always knew how to stretch this workhorse and Jones and Bonham follow along for the ride.Really, it’s all here. You can tell that barely seven months after it’s release, “Stairway to Heaven” was already a fan favorite. The “Whole Lotta Love” medly allows the band to delve into their favorites. “Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp” and “That’s the Way” show the band’s accoustic side, and ” “The Ocean” and “Bring it on Home” close out a show (two shows, really) that shouldn’t have been under wraps for 31 years.

    Posted on January 1, 2010