Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II

180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl Reissue

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Led Zeppelin II is the second studio album by the British rock band Led Zeppelin, originally released in October 1969 via Atlantic Records.

Led Zeppelin II was conceived during a hectic and much-travelled period of Led Zeppelin's career from January through August 1969. The album was written on tour, with each song separately recorded, mixed and produced at various studios in the UK and North America resulting in a sound with spontaneity and urgency through necessity.

The finished tracks reflect the raw, evolving sound of the band and their ability as live performers. The album has been noted for featuring a further development of the lyrical themes established by Jimmy Page on Led Zeppelin's debut album, as Robert Plant had not until that point written any lyrics for the band. This all served to create a work which would then become more widely acclaimed and arguably more influential.

Led Zeppelin II also features experimentation with other musical styles and approaches, and mysterious atmospherics which helped develop hard rock's association with fantasy themes.

Page's contribution to this album was significant, with his guitar soloing emulated by many young rock guitarists, and exemplifies the group's intense musical attack

The album's material also marked a certain honing of Plant's vocal approach, and signalled his emergence as a serious songwriter and pointed to the band's musical future.

The album sleeve design was based on a photograph of the famed Flying Circus led by the Red Baron with the faces of the four members of the band airbrushed on. The cover also pictured the outline of a Zeppelin on a brown background (similar to the cover of the band's first album), which gave the album its nickname "Brown Bomber".

Led Zeppelin II was the band's first album to hit No. 1 in the US where it remained for seven weeks, whilst in Britain it enjoyed a 138-week residence on the LP chart, climbing to the top spot in February 1970.

The album also yielded Led Zeppelin's biggest hit with the track "Whole Lotta Love", reaching No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1970.

Since its initial critical reception, Led Zeppelin II has been acknowledged as one of the most influential albums of rock music, and is frequently placed at or near the top of "best album" lists. In 2000, Q magazine placed Led Zeppelin II at number 37 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. In 2003, the album was ranked number 75 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

This album is a 2014 reissue on 180 gram heavyweight black vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with remastered audio by Jimmy Page, pressed in Europe via Atlantic Records.

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Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Whole Lotta Love

5:34

A2

What Is And What Should Never Be

4:44

A3

The Lemon Song

6:19

A4

Thank You

4:47

B1

Heartbreaker

4:14

B2

Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman)

2:39

B3

Ramble On

4:23

B4

Moby Dick

4:21

B5

Bring It On Home

4:20

SKU 081227966409
Record Label Atlantic Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 8122796640
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 02 June 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 22 October 1969
Barcode # 081227966409
Shipping Weight 0.3600kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Gatefold Sleeve, Reissue, Remastered Audio by Jimmy Page
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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