Before the band’s 50th Anniversary celebration officially begins this September, Led Zeppelin will continue their ongoing deluxe reissue campaign with new multi-format editions of their celebrated 2003-released live album How The West Was Won, all featuring newly remastered audio done under the supervision of Jimmy Page. (Details of additional Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary releases and related events will be announced later this year.)
The How The West Was Won super deluxe box set and related configurations will be released on March 23, 2018 from Atlantic/Swan Song, including the first ever vinyl and Blu-ray Audio editions, with the Blu-ray containing Kevin Shirley and Jimmy Page’s hi-res 5.1 surround sound mix at 96/24. Curiously, it appears the DVD version of this 5.1 mix will be in the box set, but not the Blu-ray.
How The West Was Won highlights the best performances from Led Zeppelin’s legendary concerts at the Los Angeles Forum and Long Beach Arena in California on June 25 and 27, 1972. Melded together and sequenced to replicate a single concert from beginning to end, the three-CD and four-LP collections capture the band at the height of its formidable powers.
Standout tracks include a 25-plus minute version of “Dazed and Confused” and a 21-minute medley based around “Whole Lotta Love.” The performances also capture the band introducing songs from its then-unreleased album Houses of the Holy, which would be released 9 months later on March 28, 1973.
Also included is a book filled with rare and previously unpublished photos of the band at each of the concert locations, plus memorabilia and ephemera, and a high-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.
o CD: Remastered audio on three CDs
o Vinyl: Remastered audio on four 180-gram vinyl LPs
o Blu-Ray Audio: 96kHz/24-bit 5.1 (DTS-HD Master Audio Surround) and stereo mixes (PCM Stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo)
o Streaming & Digital Download: Remastered audio
Super Deluxe Box Set
o Remastered audio on three CDs and four 180-gram vinyl LPs
o DVD of album in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and PCM Stereo, plus photo gallery
o High-def download card of all stereo audio content at 96kHz/24-bit