Led Zeppelin II

~ Release group by Led Zeppelin

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Led Zeppelin II12" Vinyl9
  • CA1969-10-22
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)SD 8236
Led Zeppelin IIVinyl9
  • GB1969-10-22
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)588198
Led Zeppelin IIVinyl9
  • US1969-10-22
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)SD 8236
Led Zeppelin II (1st Japan Release)12" Vinyl9
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)MT 1091, MT-1091[none]
Led Zeppelin II (RL SS Columbia Pitman)12" Vinyl9
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)SD 8236
Led Zeppelin II12" Vinyl9
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint), Warner-Pioneer Corporation (Japanese holding company, 1972–1991)P-10101A[none]
Led Zeppelin IICassette9
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)CS 19127[none]
Led Zeppelin II12" Vinyl9
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)LWA 5004[none]
Led Zeppelin II12" Vinyl9
Mobile Fidelity Sound LabMFSL 1-065[none]
Led Zeppelin II (Teldec pressing)CD9
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)19127-2, 240 037075678152627
Led Zeppelin II (Alsdorf pressing)CD9
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)19127-2, 240 037075678152627
Led Zeppelin IICD9
  • JP1987-01-25
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)32XD-5654988014313636
Led Zeppelin IICD9
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)20P2-2024
Led Zeppelin II (Club Edition)CD9
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. (BMG company that owned their direct marketing company/club editions)19127-2, D 103692[none]
Led Zeppelin II (club edition)CD9
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)A2-19127075678152627
Led Zeppelin II (Teldec pressing)CD9
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)19127-2, 240 03707567815262
Led Zeppelin IICD9
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)7567-81526-2, 7567-81526-2 YG075678152627
Led Zeppelin II (barcode in corner)CD9
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)19127-2075678152627
Led Zeppelin IICD9
  • XE1994-07-18
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)7567-82633-2075678263323
Led Zeppelin IICD9
  • CA1994-07-19
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)CD 82633075678263323
Led Zeppelin IICD9
  • US1994-07-19
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)82633-2075678263323
Led Zeppelin IICD9
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)7567826332075678263323
Led Zeppelin IICD9
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)756782633-2075678263323
Led Zeppelin IICD9
  • JP1995-12-21
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)AMCY-40064988029400642
Led Zeppelin II12" Vinyl9
  • US1999-12-07
Classic Records (audiophile reissues)SD 8236
Led Zeppelin II (vinyl replica paper sleeve edition)CD9
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)7567 82633 5, WPCR-11612075678263354
Led Zeppelin IICD9
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)WPCR-116124943674043958
Led Zeppelin II (2005 Japanese remaster)CD9
  • JP2005-05-25
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)WPCR-131314943674055791
Led Zeppelin II4×12" Vinyl2 + 2 + 3 + 2
Classic Records (audiophile reissues), Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)RTH 3001-45, SD 8236[none]
Led Zeppelin IIDigital Media9
  • US2007-11-13
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)
Led Zeppelin IICD9
  • JP2008-09-10
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)WPCR-131314943674083749
Led Zeppelin IICD9
Dr. Ebbetts Sound Systems
Led Zeppelin II (限定Celebration Day Version)CD9
  • JP2012-11-28
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)WPCR-148444943674133505
Led Zeppelin II (180g deluxe edition)2×12" Vinyl9 + 8
  • XE2014-05-30
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)8122796438081227964382
Led Zeppelin II (deluxe edition, 24bit/96kHz)2×Digital Media9 + 8
  • US2014-06-02
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)[none]0603497920068
Led Zeppelin II (deluxe edition)2×CD9 + 8
  • CA2014-06-03
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)R2 536128081227964535
Led Zeppelin II2×CD + 2×12" Vinyl9 + 8 + 9 + 8
  • XE2014-06-03
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)8122796437081227964375
Led Zeppelin IICD9
  • XE2014-06-03
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)8122796456081227964566
Led Zeppelin II (deluxe edition)2×CD9 + 8
  • US2014-06-03
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)R2-536128081227964535
Led Zeppelin II (mastered for iTunes)Digital Media9
  • US2014-06-03
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)603497926145
Led Zeppelin II (2014 remaster)Digital Media9
  • US2014-06-03
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)
Led Zeppelin II (deluxe edition)Digital Media17
  • US2014-06-03
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)
Led Zeppelin II (deluxe edition)2×CD9 + 8
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)8122796453081227964535
Led Zeppelin IICD9
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)R2-535225081227964566
Led Zeppelin IICD9Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)CD 19127075678152627
Led Zeppelin IICD9Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)7567-81526-2075678152627
Led Zeppelin IICD9Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)19127-2075678152627
Led Zeppelin II12" Vinyl9Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)SD 19127075678152610
Led Zeppelin II (barcode inset from corner)CD9Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)19127-2075678152627
Bootleg
Led Zeppelin II (USL VT remastered reissue)CD9
KronStudioLab InternationalKSLCD-012-LZ02[none]
Led Zeppelin II: Whola Lotta LoveCD9Selles Records (Polish label started in 1991)SELL 10075908260410070

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Heartbreaker / Bring It On Home
Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman) / Bring It On Home
Whole Lotta Love / Living Loving Maid
covers:Train Does Led Zeppelin Ⅱ by Train
included in:Definitive Collection
The Complete Studio Albums
The Complete Studio Recordings
Thulemann Box
part of:The Guardian 100 Best Albums Ever (number: 60) (order: 60)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 79) (order: 79)
Absolute Radio's The 100 Collection (number: 88) (order: 88)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 123) (order: 123)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/4170 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/hxhj [info]
other databases:http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/22630 [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/led_zeppelin/led_zeppelin_ii/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000190649 [info]
Wikidata:Q209539 [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.