Cover image for Led Zeppelin II.
Title:
Led Zeppelin II.
Author:
Led Zeppelin (Musical group), composer, performer.
Edition:
Deluxe edition.
Publication Information:
[New York, NY] : Atlantic, [2014]

â„—2014
Physical Description:
2 audio discs (75 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Rock music.

Title from disc labels.

Disc one originally released in 1969.

Disc two subtitled The companion disc; consists of unreleased studio outtakes.

Compact discs.
Language:
English
Contents:
Whole lotta love / What is and what should never be / Lemon song / Thank you / Heartbreaker / Living loving maid (She's just a woman) / Ramble on / Moby Dick / Bring it on home

Whole lotta love What is and what should never be Thank you Heartbreaker Living loving maid (She's just a woman) Ramble on Moby Dick La la
UPC:
081227964535
Format :
Music CD

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Summary

Summary

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, most of the songs that compose II are reworked blues and rock & roll standards that the band was performing on-stage 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. Of the remaining six songs, two sport light acoustic touches ("Thank You," "Ramble On"), but the other four are straight-ahead heavy rock that follows the formula of the revamped blues songs. While Led Zeppelin II doesn't have the eclecticism of the group's debut, it's 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