Jimmy Page has said in a new interview that he chose not to add extra tracks to the upcoming remaster release of How The West Was Won because he didn’t want to “mess with the album.”
Page spoke to Mojo Magazine for its April 2018 issue and was asked about bootlegged tracks from the two shows that were edited together to make the How The West Was Won live album.
Mojo Magazine specifically mentioned “Tangerine,” which was played on both the June 25 and June 27, 1972 shows. Why didn’t Page include the track on the remastered album?
“I’m not entirely sure why ‘Tangerine’ was left off because it was really good,” Page said. “But I didn’t want to mess with the album so we haven’t added it or any other tracks. What’s important, though, is that you can get the album on vinyl for the first time. It’s a jolly good 5.1 mix too.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Page was asked about upcoming Led Zeppelin releases, including the band’s official photo book which is scheduled to be released in October.
“It’s a bit early to talk about that,” Page said of potential new releases. “I’m really happy we’re all doing [the official photo book], and I am really very happy to be working with the Reel Art Press. They produce fine books,” he said. “But there will be other projects too that we’re working on and that are being discussed right now.”
You can read the full interview with Jimmy Page in the April 2018 issue of Mojo Magazine.
You can hear the June 25 and June 27, 1972 performances of “Tangerine” below:
“I’m not entirely sure why ‘Tangerine’ was left off because it was really good”
That is a ridiculous answer, to a reasonable question, posed to the man who clearly knows the answer.
If they had added tracks, the album would have sold ten times as many copies!