82633-2 Led Zeppelin II
Produced by Jimmy Page
Released on October 22, 1969
UK CHART POSITION #1 . . . US CHART POSITION #1
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T he sexually charged followup to their debut, this time featuring all-original blues-rock revelations that had in some cases been cultivated during their American tour. You can hear the difference immediately in the music, as every member has stretched out and drained the full potential of their parts. Dripping in innuendo, drenched in feedback, Led Zeppelin II assumes the role of Loki in the musical pantheon. Where Jimmy Page had masterminded their first record, their second is a scheme cooked up with the full participation of every member. Robert Plant’s lyrics unleash his legendary sexual presence, offering every inch of his love until the juice runs down his leg. The mantra may have been sex, drugs and rock & roll, but Zep’ll settle for two out of three this time around. The band also introduces an acoustic side here, separating the two extremes with a stunning dynamic; “Ramble On” in particular was a formula they’d return to often, beginning with an acoustic arrangement that explodes into electric fury. While Page’s riffs are less frequent here, John Paul Jones picks up the slack with bass lines that support the songs like a rhythm guitar; the way he sludges his way through “Heartbreaker” is a lesson in heavy metal bass playing. As inspired an album as this is, the band still hasn’t found a satisfactory way to segue into their solos, instead halting action and queuing up the guitar or drum like the sonic equivalent of a spotlight. However, their temerity in toying with the accepted flow of music in the opening “Whole Lotta Love” is truly inspired. As for the original blues creations (“Bring It On Home,” “The Lemon Song”), they’re not much different than the covers found on their first album, though Plant seems more relaxed and in control on these performances. And as much attention as Bonham’s drumming receives, his solo in “Moby Dick” has always bored the pants off me (some things just have to be seen to be appreciated). Minor complaints though for an album of major (even heroic) proportions. Many have tried to replicate this album’s energy and few have ever come close, let alone equaled it, making this another milestone in the annals of rock and roll.

SD 8236 back cover SD 8236 front cover SD 8236 inner gatefold
SD 8236 back cover SD 8236 front cover SD 8236 inner gatefold

TRACK LISTING

  1. WHOLE LOTTA LOVE    (Jimm Page/Robert Plant/John Paul Jones/John Bonham)    5:33
  2. WHAT IS AND WHAT SOULD NEVER BE    (Jimmy Page/Robert Plant)    4:47
  3. THE LEMON SONG    (Jimmy Page/Robert Plant/John Paul Jones/John Bonham)    6:20
  4. THANK YOU    (Jimmy Page/Robert Plant)    3:50 / 4:47*
  5. HEARTBREAKER    (Jimmy Page/Robert Plant/John Paul Jones/John Bonham)    4:15
  6. LIVING LOVING MAID (SHE'S JUST A WOMAN)    (Jimmy Page/Robert Plant)    2:40
  7. RAMBLE ON    (Jimmy Page/Robert Plant)    4:35
  8. MOBY DICK    (John Bonham/John Paul Jones/Jimmy Page)    4:25
  9. BRING IT ON HOME    (Jimmy Page/Robert Plant)    4:19

    *Track times differ by a few seconds between original elpee and CD reissue unless noted

CREDITS

JOHN BONHAM --
JOHN PAUL JONES --
JIMMY PAGE --
ROBERT PLANT --
Peter Grant -- executive producer
Edwin H. Kramer -- director of engineering, recording engineer
Andrew Johns -- recording engineer
George Chkiantz -- recording engineer
Chris Huston -- recording engineer
David Juniper -- art work

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/GER October 22, 1969 Atlantic LP/CS K40037/K440037 gatefold cover
US/CAN October 22, 1969 Atlantic LP SD 8236 gatefold cover
ARG   Atlantic LP 14108  
MEX   Atlantic LP LWA 5004  
URU   Atlantic LP 50 14108  
US 1980s Atlantic LP/CD/CS SD 19127 reissue
CAN   Atlantic LP KSD 19127 reissue
JPN   Atlantic LP P-6517A gatefold cover, lyric insert
KOR   Atlantic LP ATL 19127  
NZ   Atlantic LP SAL-933615  
BRA 1977 WEA LP 30035 gatefold cover
UK 1980s Atlantic LP K40037 reissue
JPN 1988 WEA LP 16P1-2024 gatefold cover, lyric insert
US July 19, 1994 Atlantic CD/CS 82633 digital remaster
RUS 1999 CD-Maximum CD CDM 998192 repackaged w. IN THROUGH THE OUT DOOR
US 2000 Atlantic LP 8236 digital remaster
JPN 2003 Atlantic CDLE WPCR-11612 limited edition digital remaster,
lyric booklet

 

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