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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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October xx, 1968 - Led Zeppelin is recorded
October 19, 1968 - Final performance as the New Yardbirds
October 31, 1969 - Led Zeppelin II is released in the US
October 17, 1969 - Bonham is thrilled to play Carnegie Hall where Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa have performed
October 23, 1970 - Led Zeppelin III is released in the US
October xx, 1970 - The press lash out at the band over the Led Zeppelin III acoustic content
October xx, 1971 - Page and Plant venture around Thailand and India after the Japan tour
October 18, 1972 - Zeppelin rehearse at the Rainbow Theater for a UK tour
October xx, 1973 - Each member performs an individual film sequence for their concept film
October 31, 1974 - Swan Song hosts a party for the launch of its UK division
October xx, 1975 - Led Zeppelin decide not to tour and concentrate on recording new material
October 20, 1976 - The Song Remains The Same premieres at New York’s Cinema One
October xx, 1977 - Jimmy starts assembling a Led Zeppelin live album from recordings as far back as 1969
October xx, 1978 - Jones and Bonham record with Paul McCartney at Abbey Road Studios
October xx, 1978 - Rehearsals for In Through The Out Door in London
October xx, 1979 - All nine Led Zeppelin albums enter the Billboards Top 200 -- no other band has ever achieved this
October 10, 1980 - A private funeral is held for John Bonham at Rushock church in Worcestershire
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