Led Zeppelin record label Rhino Records has seemingly published incorrect and contradictory information about which tracks will appear on the various formats of the upcoming How The West Was Won remaster, which is due to be released on March 23.
LedZepNews examined the tracklists of the upcoming remaster formats on Rhino Records’ website, Amazon US, and Amazon UK. All of the sites list different tracklists and even different track times for the upcoming release.
We contacted Rhino Records and a representative for Led Zeppelin earlier this week to inform them of the errors and to offer an opportunity to clarify the tracklist in a statement. Neither replied, and the errors remain.
So, here’s our exploration of the contradictory information about the upcoming remaster:
3 tracks won’t be on the vinyl release?
The Rhino Records website claims that three tracks won’t make it to the vinyl release: “Over The Hills And Far Away,” “Going to California,” and “Moby Dick.” Instead, the site says that those tracks are all exclusive to the CD, Blu-ray, and super deluxe box set releases.
That doesn’t seem to be true — Rhino’s own website lists two of those tracks, “Over The Hills And Far Away” and “Going to California,” as being on the vinyl version. Our guess? “Moby Dick” is on the vinyl release as well.
Only ‘Moby Dick’ won’t be on the vinyl release?
The listing on the Rhino Records site for the upcoming vinyl release misses off “Moby Dick” from the tracklist. But it’s not just Rhino that misses that track off — Amazon US also omits “Moby Dick” from the vinyl version.
That seems to be a mistake. Amazon UK includes “Moby Dick” on the vinyl version.
2 tracks won’t be on the CD or Blu-ray release?
The Rhino Records website says that “Over The Hills And Far Away” and “Going To California” will only be released on the vinyl and super deluxe box set editions of the album.
This appears to be another mistake. Both of those tracks are included on the tracklists for the CD and Blu-ray releases. They’re also both included in the packaging images featured on Rhino Records’ press site.
‘That’s The Way’ has had 30 seconds cut?
Here’s another bizarre thing: Rhino Records gives two different track times for “That’s The Way.” The Blu-ray release has the original track time of 5.54, but the vinyl and CD releases on the site show a track time of 5.24:
Here’s the original CD packaging showing the 5.54 track time for “That’s The Way”:
Sure enough, the high-resolution images of the Blu-ray and CD releases in the press section of Rhino’s website show that they include the full song, not a shortened version.
‘Whole Lotta Love’ has been trimmed down?
“Whole Lotta Love” is listed with a track time of 20 minutes and 59 seconds on the upcoming remaster. That’s shorter than the 23 minutes and eight seconds track time for the same song on the album’s original release in 2003.
We double-checked the high-resolution images of the Blu-ray, vinyl, and super deluxe box sets, and the 20:59 track time appears to be listed on every single version of this remaster.
If the track has been shortened, one explanation that has been floated online is that Jimmy Page has chosen to cut the band’s performance in the medley of “Hello Mary Lou.”
You can hear the band’s cover of “Hello Mary Lou” from the original release of How The West Was Won at the start of this video:
The band’s brief cover of the song lasts for two minutes and eight seconds, which is almost exactly the amount of time that seems to have been cut from the remaster.
It’s unclear why Page would choose to cut the “Hello Mary Lou” section of the “Whole Lotta Love” medley. Perhaps he now feels unhappy about his performance in that section of the song.
Or perhaps Page has been unable to license “Hello Mary Lou” for this release. However, the original 2003 CD cover notes that the song was licensed from Warner Chappell, which is the music licensing arm of Warner Music, Led Zeppelin’s own record label.
‘Whole Lotta Love’ hasn’t been trimmed down?
But hang on a minute, the Blu-ray release on the Rhino Records site lists the track time for “Whole Lotta Love” as 23.08 – the original, uncut timing. Does the Blu-ray version include a section of a song that the rest of the formats don’t?
Well, no, probably not. It looks like that’s another error on Rhino’s site caused by the company reusing an old tracklist for the original How The West Was Won release.
There are no extra tracks?
So it doesn’t look like any songs have been cut from this release — but you’ll also have noticed that no extra songs have been added, either.
Jimmy Page said in an 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.”
what’s the point of buying it if there is no new material and their screwing with the original which is just fine (How can you re-master from a master?).
Agree with Frederick. What’s the point if there is no new material. I suppose if I have the right turntable and system the vinyl would be worth it. BUT the cd no matter what is done to it, sorry, but digital can only do so much. The differences wouldn’t be enough to warrant a re-purchase. And how can you “remaster” a master? Don’t think you can