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Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II (1969)
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Artist/Composer Led Zeppelin
Length 41:26
Format Vinyl to CD
Genre Hard Rock
Label Atlantic
Index 273
Collection Status In Collection
Packaging Vinyl Record
Track List
01 Whole Lotta Love 05:35
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
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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 standards that the band were performing onstage at the time. Not only did the short amount of time result in a lack of original material, it made the sound more direct. Jimmy Page still provided layers of guitar overdubs, but the overall sound of the album is heavy and hard, brutal and direct. "Whole Lotta 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 has an 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 straight ahead 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 lack of dynamics 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 John Paul Jones - Organ, Bass, Vocals (bckgr) John Bonham - Drums, Vocals (bckgr), Timpani