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Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II (1969)
Cover Front Album
Artist Led Zeppelin
Length 41:25
Format CDc
Genre Rock
Label Atlantic
Index 14
Collection Status In Collection
Track List
01 Whole Lotta Love 05:34
02 What Is And What Should Never Be 04:45
03 The Lemon Song 06:19
04 Thank You 04:49
05 Heartbreaker 04:14
06 Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman) 02:39
07 Ramble On 04:24
08 Moby Dick 04:20
09 Bring It On Home 04:21
Personal Details
Rating 7
Spars DDD
Rare No
Sound Stereo
Led Zeppelin II
Artist Led Zeppelin
Album Title Led Zeppelin II
Date of Release Oct 22, 1969 (release) inprint
AMG Rating (Best-of-Genre)
Genre Rock
Styles Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Blues-Rock, Electric British Blues
Time 41:21

AMG EXPERT REVIEW: Recorded quickly during Led Zeppelin's first American tours, Led Zeppelin II provided the blueprint for all the heavy metal bands that followed it. Since the group could only enter the studio for brief amounts of time, the material that comprises II is almost entirely re-worked blues and rock & roll standardsthat the band were performing onstage at the time. Not only did the shortamount of time result in a lack of original material, it made the soundmore direct. Jimmy Page still provided layers of guitar overdubs, but the overall sound of the album is heavy and hard, brutal and direct. "WholeLotta Love," "The Lemon Song," and "Bring It on Home" are all based on classic blues songs, only the riffs are simpler and louder, and each song hasan extended section for instrumental solos. Out of the remaining six songs, two sport light acoustic touches ("Thank You," "Ramble On"), but the other four are straightahead heavy rock, that follow the formula of the revamped blues songs. While Led Zeppelin II doesn't have the eclecticism of their debut, it was arguably more influential. After all, nearly every one of the hundreds of Zeppelin imitators used this record, with its lackofdynamics and its pummeling riffs, as a blueprint. -- Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Jimmy Page - Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Guitar (Steel), Vocals (bckgr), Producer
Robert Plant - Harmonica, Vocals
JohnPaul Jones - Organ, Bass, Vocals (bckgr)
John Bonham - Drums, Vocals (bckgr), Tympani [Timpani]

CD Swan Song 19127
CS Swan Song19127-4
LP Swan Song SD-19127
1969 LP Swan Song SD-8236
1980 LP Mobile Fidelity MFSL-1-065
1995 CD Atlantic 7567-8268-2/4
1994 CD Atlantic 82633
1994 CS Atlantic 82633
1990 CD Atlantic 19127
1999 LP Classic Compact Disc 8236

Artist: Led Zeppelin Genre: Rock/Pop
Led Zeppelin II [Remaster]
Release date: 05/06/1994
Original releasedate: 1969
Label: Atlantic
Producer: Jimmy Page
Pieces in Set: 1
Catalog#: 82633
Distributor: WEA
Desc: Performer


Led Zeppelin: Robert Plant (vocals, harmonica); Jimmy Page(acoustic, electric & pedal steel guitar, background vocals); John Paul Jones (organ, bass, background vocals); John Bonham (drums, tympani, background vocals).

Engineers include: George Chkiantz, Andrew Johns, Chris Huston.

All tracks have been digitally remastered.

From the firstgrinding notes of that famous vamp which introduces "Whole Lotta Love," LED ZEPPELIN II announces for all to hear that they are the definitivehard rock band of their generation. But before the listener can evensettle into the groove, Led Zeppelin takes a hard left turn into a spacey newrhythm, exotically flavored by Page's droning feedback and innovative use of a violin bow. By tune's end Led Zeppelin has repeatedly toyed with the listener's expectations.

This subversive quality distinguishes most of the arrangements on LED ZEPPELIN II, as in the soft/hard/soft/hard designof "What Is And What Should Never Be," the gospelish moods of "Thank You," the rocking vamps and funk rhythm changes of "Heartbreaker" and "Living Loving Maid," and the country music echoes of "Ramble On." And in theirappropriations of source materials from Howlin' Wolf, Robert Johnson andSonny Boy Williamson, Page and company continued to mine the rich vein of the blues.

Date: June 21, 1994
Category: Rock/Pop