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Led Zeppelin II

Led Zeppelin II
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By the time Led Zeppelin II was released in the US on October 22, 1969, it already had a half million advanced orders. It was written and recorded on the road. In between shows, the band would find the nearest recording studio and lay some tracks down.

Led Zeppelin II was the first album to credit Robert Plant as a songwriter. What Is And What Should Never Be and Thank You showcase his tender songwriting abilities. Moby Dick was John Bonham's spotlight song and The Lemon Song or Killing Floor, as it was known in live performances, showed their blues roots, while hard-rockers Whole Lotta Love and Living Lovin' Maid (She's Just A Woman) made their way to US Radio.

Many critics call this the first heavy metal album, but that (as usual) undersells Zeppelin's eclecticism, and II really isn't any heavier than Led Zeppelin. However, it is another classic, though II is a little less consistent than the debut album.

Whole Lotta Love, along with Communication Breakdown from the first album, were also released on Atlantic Records' 1969 release Age Of Atlantic. [Front Pic] [Inside Pic] [Disc Front] [Disc Rear]
Statistics

Released:
Oct. 22, 1969 (US)
Oct. 31, 1969 (UK)
Jun. 2, 2014 (Reissue)

Chart Position:
#1 (US) #1 (UK)

Certified:
Gold: Nov. 10, 1969
Multi-Platinum: 12x Nov. 15, 1999
Diamond Award: Nov. 15, 1999

Tracks

1. Whole Lotta Love
2. What Is And What Should Never Be
3. The Lemon Song
4. Thank You
5. Heartbreaker
6. Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman)
7. Ramble On
8. Moby Dick
9. Bring It On Home


DELUXE EDITION BONUS DISC
1. Whole Lotta Love (Rough Mix with Vocal)
2. What Is And What Should Never Be (Rough Mix with Vocal)
3. Thank You (Backing Track)
4. Heartbreaker (Rough Mix with Vocal)
5. Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman) (Backing Track)
7. Moby Dick (Backing Track)
8. La La (Intro/Outro Rough Mix)
Quick Fact

The album cover has been dubbed "The Brown Bomber", due to the color and theme of the cover. The group of men on the front cover is a photograph of the Jasta Division of the German airforce with the band members faces inserted in place of those of the pilots.
Led Zeppelin II OriginsThe faces of band manager Peter Grant and Richard Cole were also added. The woman in the picture is Glynis Johns, the mother from "Mary Poppins". Her presence in the photo is an obvious play on the name of recording engineer Glyn Johns. The other face added was that of bluesman Blind Willie Johnson.
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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

May 31, 1948 - John Henry Bonham was born at Redditch, Worchestershire
May xx, 1969 - The band’s debut album enters the US Top 10
May xx, 1969 - Recording sessions for Led Zeppelin II begin
May xx, 1970 - The band works on new material at Bron-Y-Aur
May 03, 1971 - Richard Cole jams on Whole Lotta Love playing congas
May xx, 1972 - Houses Of The Holy recording sessions on location at Stargroves and Olympic studios
May 27, 1972 - Warm-up gigs kick off in Holland for an upcoming American tour
May 04, 1973 - Led Zeppelin gross nearly $250,000 for their performance in Atlanta, GA
May 05, 1973 - 56,800 attend the second show of the 1973 US tour at Tampa. This sets a record for the largest attendance for a one-act performance, previously held by the Beatlesfor their Shea Stadium show in 1965
May 10, 1974 - Swan Song Records is officially launched
May 11, 1974 - Led Zeppelin attend an Elvis concert and are thrilled when Elvis announces that Led Zeppelin is in the building
May 10, 1975 - Showco ships their PA system and video screens for the Earls Court shows from Dallas to London
May 23, 1976 - Page and Plant join Bad Company onstage at the LA Forum
May 21, 1977 - The Houston Summit claims $500,000 in damages to their venue caused by rowdy fans
May xx, 1978 - The band reunite at Clearwater Castle to rehearse
May 22, 1979 - It is officially announce that Led Zeppelin will headline at the Knebworth Festival in August
May 15, 1980 - After many revisions the European tour dates are finalized and the band is scheduled to open in Germany
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