Digitally re-mastered edition of the Hard Rock quartet’s 1969 sophomore album housed in a gatefold sleeve. Recorded in London, England and New York, New York in 1969. From the first grinding notes of the famous vamp that introduces “Whole Lotta Love,” LED ZEPPELIN II announces for all to hear that they are the definitive hard rock band of their generation. But before the listener can even settle into the groove, things takes a hard left turn into a spacey new rhythm, exotically flavored by Page’s droning feedback and innovative use of a violin bow. By tune’s end, 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 dynamic shifts of “What Is And What Should Never Be,” the gospelish mood of “Thank You,” the rocking vamps and funk rhythms of “Heartbreaker” and “Living Loving Maid,” and the country music echoes of “Ramble On.” And in their appropriations of source materials from Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Johnson, and Sonny Boy Williamson, Page and company continued to mine the rich vein of the blues.
|A1||Whole Lotta Love||5:34|
|A2||What Is And What Should Never Be||4:44|
|A3||The Lemon Song||6:19|
|B2||Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Woman)||2:39|
|B5||Bring It On Home||4:20|
John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant came together in 1968 as Led Zeppelin. Over the next decade, the band would become one of the most influential, innovative and successful groups in modern music, selling more than 300 million albums worldwide. Their songs are some of the most celebrated in rock n roll history that, to this day, resonate with fans young and old around the globe. Still, no matter how many times you may have listened to their music, you ve never heard Led Zeppelin like this before.
The band wrote and recorded nearly all of Led Zeppelin II while touring relentlessly to support its debut album. Incredibly, the album was released just seven months after Led Zeppelin in October of 1969. Led Zeppelin II features some of the band s most beloved tracks including “Ramble On” and “Heartbreaker” as well as “Whole Lotta Love, ” considered by many to be one of the greatest rock n roll songs of all time. The album is certified diamond by the RIAA with sales of over 12 million copies.
Led Zeppelin continues to be honored for its pivotal role in music history. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and a year later was awarded with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm. Founding members Jones, Page and Plant along with Jason Bonham, the son of John Bonham took the stage at London s O2 Arena in 2007 to headline a tribute concert for Ahmet Ertegun, a dear friend and Atlantic Records founder.