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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

February 7, 1962 - Deborah Bonham, sister to John, was born in Redditch, Worcestershire, England
February 23, 1966 - Warren Grant, son of Peter, was born.
February xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin enters the Billboard Top 40
February 16, 1969 - Led Zeppelin wrap up their first American tour in Baltimore, MD.
February 07, 1970 - Edinburgh gig cancelled after Plant receives facial injuries in a car accident
February 28, 1970 - The band performs as "The Nobs" in Copenhagen after threat of legal action from Countess Von Zeppelin
February xx, 1971 - John Paul Jones involved in legal issues regarding a musician who shares the same name
February xx, 1971 - Overdubs for the fourth album are recorded at Island Studios
February 14, 1972 - The band is refused admission into Singapore due to their long hair
February 16, 1972 - The Australian tour begins in Perth
February 21, 1972 - Led Zeppelin: Rock and Roll b/w Four Sticks (Atlantic 45-2865) 45 single is released in the US.
February xx, 1973 - The band makes final preparations for the European tour
February 16, 1973 - The release date for Houses Of The Holy is pushed back due to some sleeve problems
February xx, 1974 - Sessions for Physical Graffiti continue
February 14, 1974 - Page, Plant and Bonham attend a Roy Harper concert
February 04, 1975 - Zeppelin perform a last minute show at Nassau Coliseum to accomodate fans after being banned in Boston
February 24, 1975 - Physical Graffiti finally issued worldwide to phenomenal sales
February xx, 1976 - Media reports that Zeppelin are due to release an album entitled Obelisk
February xx, 1977 - Robert contracts a bout of tonsillitis postponing the American tour
February xx, 1978 - Robert Plant helps produce a record for punk band Dansette Damage
February 16, 1978 - The cases against Bonham, Cole & Grant stemming from the Oakland incident are heard and all receive suspended prison sentences and fines
February xx, 1979 - Although absent from the US stage or market, Led Zeppelin rank best in many music magazine categories
February xx, 1979 - Mixing sessions for In Through The Out Door take place at Polar Studios. Rumors fly of a European tour
February 03, 1980 - Robert joins Dave Edmund’s Rockpile at the Birmingham Top Rank
February 13, 2005 - Led Zeppelin receives a Grammy for Lifetime Achievment.
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