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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

July xx, 1969 - The band play many festivals now on their third American tour
July xx, 1970 - Additional recording for Led Zeppelin III at London’s Island Studios
July 16, 1970 - Photographer Chris Welch films Led Zeppelin on his 8mm camera, some clips later used in the Whole Lotta Love promo video
July xx, 1971 - Untitled gets re-mixed in London
July 05, 1971 - A riot erupts mid-concert, forcing Led Zeppelin to stop after about 40 minutes
July xx, 1972 - After repeated bad press, Led Zeppelin hire their first publicity firm
July 20, 1973 - A last minute decision is made to film the remaining part of the tour
July xx, 1973 - Led Zeppelin is filmed over the three nights for their film that will emerge as The Song Remains The Same
July xx, 1974 - After viewing their 1973 filmed performance, it is apparent critical errors were made
July xx, 1974 - Mixing for Physical Graffiti at Olympic Studios
July 05, 1975 - The band meet in Montreux to discuss adding South America and Japan to the end of their North American tour
July xx, 1976 - Bonham and Page fly to Montreux, Switzerland to check out some new sound and drum effects
July 17, 1977 - The last ever performance of Moby Dick played at the Seattle Kingdome
July 24, 1977 - The band plays its last US date at the Oakland Coliseum
July xx, 1978 - Led Zeppelin are invited to perform at Maggie Bell’s Festival Hall show
July xx, 1979 - Led Zeppelin film their rehearsal at Bray Studios
July 04, 1979 - Led Zeppelin confirm a second date at Knebworth in August 1979
July 05, 1980 - Simon Kirke joins in on drums for an encore in Munich
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