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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, 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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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  • Release Date: 6/21/1994
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678263323
  • Catalog Number: 82633

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Led Zeppelin Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Jimmy Page Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, Background Vocals
Robert Plant Harmonica, Vocals
John Paul Jones Organ, Bass, Background Vocals
John Bonham Drums, Background Vocals, Timpani
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Jimmy Page Composer, Producer
Robert Plant Composer
John Paul Jones Composer
John Bonham Composer
George Chkiantz Engineer
Chris Huston Engineer
Andy Johns Engineer
Eddie Kramer Engineer, Director Of Engineering
Edwin H. Kramer Engineer, Director Of Engineering
David Juniper Artwork
Peter Grant Executive Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Whole Lotta Rocking

    Only the second studio album release from Led Zeppelin this CD compacts alot of amazing work done by a band in such a short period of time. The bluesy voice of Robert Plant along with wicked solos of Jimmy Page and the god of drums, John Bonham are electric on this recording. Highlights are Thank You, Heartbreaker, and Ramble On. Although I prefer Led Zeppelin IV over this particular CD, Led Zeppelin is a must for a any major Rock and Roll fan. Great for playing loud and singing along.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Led Zeppelin at their best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Wow! this album rocks your socks off! Everyone always says that the best Zeppelin album is the untitled fourth one. But 2 makes 4 seam like garbage (not that 4 is any bad, it's one of my favorites albums). I mean geeze, Whole lotta love, Ramble on , heartbreaker, they are some of the best rock songs of all time. And john bonham's drum solo in Moby Dick is going to blow you away. BUY LED ZEPPELIN 2

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Important in establishing the Zeppelin sound

    This album seems like a sequel to I of sorts &quot not counting the fact that there are four albums with a roman numeral as its title&quot . It picks up the blues that the first had, and leaves some of the other influences behind &quot the middle-eastern Black Mountain Side and the long improvisation of How Many More Times&quot . Whole Lotta Love's theremin is awesome &quot especially if you check out the BBC Sessions and Earl's Court 5/24 performance&quot , and was a vehicle to perform other blues standards in place of that solo. What Is and What Should Never Be has a swagger not seen before. The Lemon Song showcases Robert Plant's ethereal style of singing without overshadowing the band. Thank You is the band evolving into new territory &quot Page claims this is the song that proved to him that Plant could write&quot . Heartbreaker is another blues tribute. Ramble On is a precursor to IV. Living Loving Maid is still a fun B-side. And Bring It On Home &quot this is the superior version&quot closes out the album nicely. The only dud is Moby Dick &quot which sounds better live&quot . If you want a better drum solo by Bonzo, see Coda's Bonzo's Montreaux.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great rocker

    This is Flat out a good Album, Robert and Jimmy are the best rock n Roll Combo.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Best Led Zep Albums

    Living Loving Maid sounds perfect right after Heartbreaker. Also, The Guitar solo in Heartbreaker is amazing. Those two songs were made together and should always be heard together. Whole Lotta Love is one of Zeppelin's Greatest songs, while Ramble On alone is just plain unbelievable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very good.

    This is great work, despite being mostly unoriginal material, i would still recommend this to any rock fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A VERY GOOD CD

    This is one Led Zeppelin's best! Whole Lotta Love, The Lemon Song, and Heartbreaker are some of my favs. This is a must have for anyone who likes rock.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album

    This is my favorite Studio album led zeppelin made. Every song is great listening. As a drummer and a listener I recommend this to anyone. Also as a drummer, Moby Dick is just awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Greatest Album of All-Time by Far!!!

    I totally and 100% disagree with Jason Sebel. If you like blues, you will love this album. If you like metal, you will love this album. The bottom line is if you do or do not like music, you will love this album to death. This is the Gods of rock at their very best and anyone who doesn't have this truly outstanding album yet should stop reading this review and go out and buy it no matter what the cost!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    definetly one of the best out there.

    This is a must have Led Zeppelin album. Heck Led Zeppelin 1 through 4 are all great albums. Now I don't know what Sebel's problem is this a good album either you know that or not. This is probably my third favorite Led Zeppelin album. My favorite songs are Whole Lotta Love, Thank You, What is and what should never be, and Ramble On. This album has a lot of potential and if you love Led Zeppelin then this is just one of their great albums.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Overrated

    I have tried to listen to this album over and over again, and I just dont understand all the hoopla over it. After hearing "whole lotta love" i just gave up. I think i will go back and listen to Asia instead.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just buy it!

    One of my all-time favorite albums. If you don't own this album, get it. If you like music, get this album. Hell, even if you don't like music get this album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Top Zep album of all time

    this is an in your face rock and roll album that changed my views of rock and roll. I first heard this when i was fourteen and 5 yrs later I can still listen to the album and I get the same feeling everytime from this album. This is by far a masterpiece from all the zep albums, I highly recommend it to anyone who likes solid rock and roll

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Zeppelin

    This album is simply awesome, with some great tracks and hard lines. Its base riffs in "Heartbreaker" make it one of my favorite songs of all time, and it just has so many great tracks that you can't help but listen to it over and over again

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Whole Lotta Zeppelin

    Awesome Album! In this album you can find many classics like "Whole Lotta Love"(top4 in U.S. chart), "Heartbreaker" and "Living Loving Maid". This album has affected so much to heavy rock that some one could say it is the most important release of Led Zeppelin. Robert Plant couldn't sing better!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Led Zeppelin is

    This album is by far my favorite Zeppelin album, I don't know about you, but I love it. It shows the true magnificence of the band, and their talent. They are great, and this album shows it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Powerful stuff!

    What can I say about this album that hasn´t already been said? Well I think this album is the continuation of the first but going in a faster and frantic pace. It´s just a perfect combination of great talents or may I say geniuses. When I first heard this I couldn´t believe the power and beauty of it all. Although Whole lotta love I think was a bit crazy, with maybe to much anger, but maybe that´s what was needed to be heard at the time with all the crazy things that were happening. What I like most of this album is the sincerity and straight forward songs that just scream the anguish. One of my all time top 40 favorite albums.This is like a sexual and phsicological revolutionary album with lots of soul I think.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the zeppelin has landed

    led zeppelin 2 is in your face rock&roll. from the brutal ''whole lotta love'', to john bonham's masterful drum solo on '' moby dick'', not to mention jimmy page's guitar riffs,. robert plant's electric vocals make this album among the best of its genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They are still awesome...

    My Dad has this on record. They are still as good as they were around my Dad's time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Solid heavy rock

    Probably the Zeppelin album most famous for its blues-rock riffage. Except for the gentle ''Thank You'', this album blows down the walls with distorted outbursts on every song. All things considered, however, this is a finely played and produced record that despite a certain lack of variety, still remains one of their most influential.

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