Led Zeppelin II

~ Release group by Led Zeppelin

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Led Zeppelin II Vinyl 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) SD 8236
Led Zeppelin II Vinyl 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) 588198
Led Zeppelin II Vinyl 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) SD 8236
Led Zeppelin II 12" Vinyl 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint), WARNER–PIONEER CORPORATION (Japanese holding company, 1972–1991) P-10101A [none]
Led Zeppelin II 12" Vinyl 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) LWA 5004 [none]
Led Zeppelin II 12" Vinyl 9 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 1-065 [none]
Led Zeppelin II CD 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) 19127-2, 240 037 075678152627
Led Zeppelin II CD 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) 32XD-565 4988014313636
Led Zeppelin II CD 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) 20P2-2024
Led Zeppelin II CD 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) 7567-81526-2 075678152627
Led Zeppelin II (barcode in corner) CD 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) 19127-2 075678152627
Led Zeppelin II CD 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) 7567-82633-2 075678263323
Led Zeppelin II CD 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) 82633-2 075678263323
Led Zeppelin II CD 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) 7567826332 075678263323
Led Zeppelin II CD 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) 756782633-2 075678263323
Led Zeppelin II CD 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) A2-19127 075678152627
Led Zeppelin II Vinyl 9 Classic Records (audiophile reissues) SD 8236
Led Zeppelin II (vinyl replica paper sleeve edition) CD 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) 7567 82633 5, WPCR-11612 075678263354
Led Zeppelin II CD 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) WPCR-11612 4943674043958
Led Zeppelin II (2005 Japanese remaster) CD 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) WPCR-13131 4943674055791
Led Zeppelin II 4×12" Vinyl 2 + 2 + 3 + 2 Classic Records (audiophile reissues), Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) RTH 3001-45, SD 8236 [none]
Led Zeppelin II Digital Media 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)
Led Zeppelin II CD 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) WPCR-13131 4943674083749
Led Zeppelin II CD 9 Dr. Ebbetts Sound Systems
Led Zeppelin II (限定Celebration Day Version) CD 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) WPCR-14844 4943674133505
Led Zeppelin II (deluxe edition) 2×CD 9 + 8 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) R2 536128 081227964535
Led Zeppelin II 2×CD + 2×12" Vinyl 9 + 8 + 9 + 8 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) 8122796437 081227964375
Led Zeppelin II CD 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) 8122796456 081227964566
Led Zeppelin II (deluxe edition) 2×CD 9 + 8 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) R2-536128 081227964535
Led Zeppelin II (mastered for iTunes) Digital Media 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) 603497926145
Led Zeppelin II (deluxe edition) Digital Media 17 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)
Led Zeppelin II (2014 remaster) Digital Media 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)
Led Zeppelin II CD 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) R2-535225 081227964566
Led Zeppelin II CD 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) CD 19127 075678152627
Led Zeppelin II CD 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) 7567-81526-2 075678152627
Led Zeppelin II 12" Vinyl 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) SD 19127 075678152610
Led Zeppelin II (barcode inset from corner) CD 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) 19127-2 075678152627
Led Zeppelin II CD 9 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) A2-19127 075678152627
Bootleg
Led Zeppelin II (USL VT remastered reissue) CD 9 KronStudioLab International KSLCD-012-LZ02 [none]
(unknown)
Led Zeppelin II: Whola Lotta Love CD 9 Selles Records SELL 1007 5908260410070

Relationships

covers: Train Does Led Zeppelin Ⅱ by Train
part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 79)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000190649 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/4170 [info]
Wikidata: Q209539 [info]
other databases: http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/led_zeppelin/led_zeppelin_ii/ [info]
http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/22630 [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/hxhj [info]

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Between the release of the band's first, eponymous album and this, their second, Led Zeppelin had completed four US and UK tours. Thus II, by necessity, was recorded on the road in the States and while it received many tweaks before it reached the shops it still has a live feel that few rock albums have ever come close to. Engineer, Eddie Kramer, uses his expertise in taming the live guitar for the confines of a studio as Robert, Jimmy, John Paul and John rip through their raggedy book of blues standards and poppier exercises in sword and sorcey–tinged rock folk.

Unsurprisingly the album contained what would become the some of the band's defining live statements. ''Whole Lotta Love'' was born to be played live. For hours. Its truncated studio cousin just replaces the rockabilly medleys with swooping theremin and rattling toms. The riff was pilfered (from Willie Dixon) but still mighty. ''What Is And What Should Never Be'' demonstrates what Jimmy always used to burble on about in interviews about 'using light and shade'. It's quietly jazzy and pastoral, and then in the chorus it rocks like a mother. See also ''Ramble On'', with added Tolkien references. ''Thank You'' is a nod to Plant's West Coast predelictions.

This leaves the rockers like ''Heartbreaker'' (again a fine platform for a lengthy stage work-out), its lightweight follow-on ''Livin' Lovin Maid'' and the blues molestations. Oh, and ''Moby Dick''. Probably the result of limited time to present product to 'the man' at Atlantic, the band included this 4-minute romp across the skins by Bonham. It ain't pretty though its low-D riff is, again, a monster.

Mind you, the blues molestations more than make up for this slightest of hiccups. ''The Lemon Song'' (Howlin' Wolf's ''Killing Floor'' slowed down and sleazed up) is a great demonstration of how, live, Zeppelin locked together like no one else, making all resistance impossible. ''Bring It On Home'', Sonny Boy Williamson's already sleazy slouch is here picked up by the scruff of the neck and kicked across the room by Jimmy's new, turbo-charged riff. This is the sound of a band having its last major tussle with the genre that gave birth to them: The Blues. From this point on they'd be nobody's band but their own.