How The West Was Won

  • Record Label: Atlantic
  • Release Date: May 27, 2003
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 176 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 176

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  1. EduardoR
    Nov 4, 2008
    10
    It's one of the greatest live albumsin history. Every member of the band is inspired. The long guitar and drum solos are amazing. The only thing I can complain about is Robert Plant. He was great, but not perfect. Listen to BBC Sessions to understand what I'm talking about.
  2. Jun 18, 2011
    10
    A hark back to when bands could sing instead of auto-tune. A fabulous collection of great hits and amazing guitar playing, with amazing lyrics and singing to boot. What more do you need?
  3. jamesmc
    Sep 7, 2004
    9
    this cd is incredible. it dates back to an era that appears to be lost to today's money oriented bands. reminds me of the day's of hendrix, rory gallagher, fleetwood mac, thin lizzy etc. REAL MUSIC
  4. VZepgirly
    Oct 5, 2003
    10
    A must have!!! To be enjoyed forever, for it captures Led Zeppelin in their prime... Hot, Heavy and Magical!!
  5. sami
    May 28, 2008
    10
    Easily the best live album I've ever listened to. Page's emotional guitar mixed with Bonham's idiosyncratic drums make this one of the best Led Zeppelin sets ever. I must admit I enjoyed some of the live versions better than their recorded counterparts; "Since I've Been Loving You" pours emotion from Plant's vocals and blew me away completely. Time and time again Easily the best live album I've ever listened to. Page's emotional guitar mixed with Bonham's idiosyncratic drums make this one of the best Led Zeppelin sets ever. I must admit I enjoyed some of the live versions better than their recorded counterparts; "Since I've Been Loving You" pours emotion from Plant's vocals and blew me away completely. Time and time again Led Zeppelin has proven themselves kings of hard rock; thirty years later, their performance at LA solidifies their music in the annals of eternity. No one has ever come close to this caliber of live performance, and I doubt anyone ever will. Expand
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    Jun 29, 2007
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  7. Nech
    Oct 3, 2003
    10
    Wow! This is an absolute must have, wether you're a casual fan or rabid collector. A great reminder of what it was like to take a ride on that mighty blimp. Amazing what this band could pull off in concert.
  8. OnerO
    Oct 6, 2003
    10
    It's blown my amplifier...So difficult to turn down the volume.
  9. AndrewW
    Jun 8, 2005
    10
    Best Live Album of all time and the drum solos were awesome, you would have to see Bonzo at the actual concerts to realise what a fantastic drummer he was
  10. paolop
    Oct 3, 2003
    10
    I would prefer less edits and just one concert, with more audience presence and interaction with, but otehrwhise the performance is exceptional and the sound is great
  11. CrystalS
    Oct 3, 2003
    10
    This CD had me crawling on the floor the first time I heard it, which was on the sound system at the theater where I worked. I bought it on my way to work and used it for the evening's sound check. People were blown away!
  12. Zoef
    Oct 3, 2003
    10
    I already was a fan (Stairway etc.) but this is incomparably better than their studio stuff. Amazing.
  13. MarkR-
    Oct 5, 2003
    10
    The mutt's nuts!
  14. zacko
    Oct 6, 2003
    10
    led zeppelin is the greatest band ever. period.
  15. malsasd
    Jun 6, 2005
    10
    The best album ever!!
  16. JeffP
    Jan 22, 2006
    8
    Everything about this album is magnificent. The only down side to this set is the never ending Dazed and Confused melody. Everything else is perfection, and you could almost feel the bands connection to one another. Unbelievable.
  17. AdamJ
    Jan 3, 2006
    10
    With the possible exception of the remastered and expanded "Live At Leeds" by The Who, this is the greatest rock 'n' roll live album ever made.
  18. austinp
    Apr 15, 2007
    10
    great album by a great band, it is late but it is still great live fewatures with a long dazed and confused and long whole lotta love, we should all own it
  19. blacka
    Aug 1, 2007
    6
    Was not all that impressed with some of the work. Some songs were not as smooth as the origionals (I fear I have memorized them) but Robert Plant's voice was great, Jimmy Page was terriffic, although a limit MUST be drawn on solos( Perhaps the United Nations should consider a International Guitar Solo Treaty.The older Eric Clapton should be forced to sign,too.) The late Mr Bonham was Was not all that impressed with some of the work. Some songs were not as smooth as the origionals (I fear I have memorized them) but Robert Plant's voice was great, Jimmy Page was terriffic, although a limit MUST be drawn on solos( Perhaps the United Nations should consider a International Guitar Solo Treaty.The older Eric Clapton should be forced to sign,too.) The late Mr Bonham was collosal,as always. I am a bass guitarist and a huge fan of John Paul Jones. To me ,his bass should have been mixed in a little louder as what I could hear was up to his usual superior playing.All in all,a six for me,I'm afraid. Expand
  20. CharlieBe
    Nov 7, 2003
    10
    Amazing¡¡¡ The pure sound of the revolution. LZ build the way for the next 20 years of R&P bands. After HOw the West was won , the song do not remance the same
  21. WarrenS
    Oct 2, 2003
    10
    It is about time we had a decent live Led Zeppelin CD!
  22. CozoniW
    Dec 20, 2003
    10
    I only discovered Led Zep abou 4 years ago but they have allready proved to me they are one of the greatest bands that have ever graced the planet. They shame most of todays music.
  23. JamesB
    Oct 3, 2003
    10
    I have heard and own hndreds of live shows and this is the tip of a mighty iceberg. Wonderful mastering by Jimmy. He should do one show from each touring year!
  24. angiek
    Oct 3, 2003
    10
    This long-awaited release by the band shows what has kept the hard-core fans hard-core 23 years on. A MUST have
  25. DavidM
    Oct 3, 2003
    10
    The best band ever! This CD is the reason why.
  26. jimmyp
    Oct 3, 2003
    10
    zeppelin, cant do no wrong when it comes performing....the greatest band ever, no band will ever come close not in my life time antway...
  27. CindyLeeH
    Oct 3, 2003
    10
    I always heard that Zep was better than they were in "The Song Remains The Same." These recordings give me a much better idea of what my friends back then were raving about, and now I don't feel I missed them back when I was too poor to afford to go--I got a great seat years later!
  28. pascald
    Oct 4, 2003
    10
    The best
  29. woja14
    Oct 4, 2003
    10
    10's not sufficiently high. Superb.
  30. BFlatt
    Oct 4, 2003
    10
    Absolutely the essential album set of the summer!
Metascore
97

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Mojo
    70
    The empathy between the four is palpable. [Jun 2003, p.113]
  2. Capture[s] a mighty band at the height of its gargantuan power.
  3. A vital document of Led Zeppelin's formidable legacy.