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Led Zeppelin II

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Japanese only SHM pressing. Digitally remastered. The SHM-CD [Super High Material CD] format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and Universal Music Japan discovered through the joint companies’ research into LCD display manufacturing SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. SHM-CD format CDs are fully compatible with standard CD players.Riff rock had been what Jimmy Page’s former band, the Yardbirds, were all about, and on Led Zeppelin’s second album, released, like its predecessor, in 1969, the inventive guitarist demonstrated that he’d indeed learned his lessons well. Witness ”Whole Lotta Love,” a woozy epic based on one simple, head-banging-friendly guitar riff. Or the mock-dramatic ”Heartbreaker,” propelled by far more intricate but similarly effective note squashing. Between Page’s sonic wizardry, John Bonham beating his drums into submission (”Moby Dick”), and the juice running down Robert Plant’s leg (”The Lemon Song”), Led Zeppelin here just about succeeded in raising rock & roll excess to an art form. –Billy AltmanLed Zeppelin II is an album of Jimmy Page riffs so huge, and John Paul Jones/John Bonham rhythms so deep, that the heavy metal genre this classic helped create has tried for decades to catch up, mostly without success. And no wonder: since II catches the band before they’d headed too far into their ridiculous medieval fancies, this might be as good as Zep would ever be. Regardless, the thunderous ”Whole Lotta Love,” a Top 5 hit, and ”Bring It on Home” are very nearly as fierce and twisted as British white blues would ever get. –David Cantwell

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  • Another CD filled with GENIUS ! OH, and…LUST ! These two are so passionate,.

    These songs REALLY COMMUNICATE !!!!!

    I painted one room’s mural to this CD.

    Truly effective music.

    Posted on March 13, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I had been hearing Train’s rendention of “Ramble On” on the Howard Stern Show, and I loved it. So I decided to get the original version from Led Zeppelin. I’m not disappointed. As fabulous as Train’s, but more authentic with Robert Plant singing it. The CD also has great hits like “Whole lotta Love”, “What is and what should never Be”, & “Living Loving Maid (she’s just a woman)”. Worth the price.

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  • Anyone who does not give this album five stars has serious issues. The fact that some of these songs are overplayed on the radio is not a reason to give this album a low rating. If anything that should say something about the quality of the songs on the album.This album is brilliant. LZII offers a mix of styles, mostly hard rock with persistent melodies. “Ramble on” is my fav, but they’re all really good. “Heartbreaker” and then “Living Loving Maid” is an amazing combo and reminds me of Yes’s “All Good People.” “Thank You” is incredible. Plant can do anything with that voice of his. “What Is and What Should Never Be” is classic LZ. I’m not the biggest fan of “Whole Lotta Love,” because it’s a little repetitive, but the messed up part in the middle is great. “Bring It on Home” is really great and bluesy.This is one of those albums where every track is really good. The only problem with Led Zeppelin is that they did not produce a bad song. I would actually say that this album ranks 4th out of the 9 studio albums they released, but every album has a different sound and feel, so choose for yourself.

    Posted on March 13, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • After toiling the summer of my 14th year, I finally saved enough money to buy my first turntable (an $88 Pioneer which, I am pleased to say, I still own and, 23 years later, it runs like a champ). Soon thereafter, I began assembling my record collection. Led Zeppelin II was my first purchase. Over time, I bought all the Led Zep albums, and listened to them all until the vinyl was pretty well worn out. However, Led Zep II always remained my favorite Led Zep album. Special memories of Led Zep II include the time that I invited a special young lady over to my house and, to impress her (dumb, I know), I cranked up Whole Lotta Love for the guitar jam following the relatively quiet stuff with the violin bows, only to have most of the speaker componentry of my father’s hand built Heathkit speakers explode into a useless, spasmodic pile of writhing, twitching cardboard-like material and coils. It took me about four months to save enough pesos to buy a new pair of speakers.Anyway, on to something Amazon readers might find useful:Led Zep II is a classic rock and roll album, but what makes it particularly good is the way each song works so well with the songs around it. I’ve noticed other reviewers have made similar comments. You could not pull this material and drop it into a “Greatest Hits” album and have it work. Imagine going from Whole Lotta Love, straight into Stairway to Heaven! No way! Another key is to have the right stereo equipment. It is my opinion that stereo equipment is designed to complement the music of the day. Hence, one would be best served to find a vintage amplifier or receiver to play this music. You don’t want some amplifier-on-a-chip setup. Also, milquetoast speakers are out. A simple rule of thumb is, if you can lift your speakers, they are insufficient for this album.One negative, the sound quality on Led Zep II is pretty poor. Not as dreadful as on Led Zep I, but not up to today’s standards. Of course, Michelangelo’s cracked and faded painting of the Sistine Chapel doesn’t exactly exhibit the highest “signal-to-noise” ratio ever, but it’s still a classic. The reason why I bring this up is because I just bought the “digitally remastered” CD to replace my older “original CD” version of Led Zep II. In doing side by side comparisons, the improvement in sound quality is remarkable. Particularly in the quiet parts of Moby Dick, the background hiss of the older CD is much more apparent than in the new. Hiss is still there, but much less noticeable. For purists, the new mixing does not eradicate the rawness of the original. Bottom line: if you own Led Zep II, but in the older CD version or, God forbid, on vinyl, you owe it to yourself to upgrade. It’s worth the money.Finally, the obligatory ranking of my favorite Led Zep albums in order: II, I, IV, Houses of the Holy, Physical Graffiti.As I mature and mellow (or more accurately, get older), I like III much more.

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  • This album is a prime example of why Bonham, Jones, Page, & Plant are legends in the Rock & Roll industry. It has everything a R & R fan could possibly want. A bluesy feel, tight Guitar riffs, solos from the soul, well constructed songs, layers of music, & passionate vocals. For me the true cohesion comes from the rythym section. Bonham’s drums drives the band ever forward while JPJones is ethereal on the keyboards & perfect on the bass Guitar. There are no duds on this their Sophmore album.

    These are my seven favorites in no particular order. “Heartbreaker,” opens with a classic riff. The midsection flows to an improvisational section with a fine Guitar solo. Here the lyrics & music blend easily. I have always liked this one more than the more publized “Whole Lotta Love.” “Moby Dick,” is a fine instrumental with Bonham’s drum midsection carrying it. “Living Loving Maid,” is often paired in direct succession with “Heartbreaker.” It’s an upbeat rocker with a memorable riff & a contagious melody. “The Lemon Song,” has one great bass line as JPJones moves smoothly throughout as the crescendo than picks up & takes flight. “What Is And What Should Never Be,” is a very different type of song that is hard to classify. I have been told by musicians that this is one of the harder Zeppelin songs to learn. Here the interesting lyrics play as a melodic counterpoint to Plant’s vocals. “Ramble On,” is the driving other side of the latter song representing moving on from the angst of love. This is one of the most underated of Led Zeppelin’s songs. “Thank You,” clearly is the bands best ballad until “In Through The Outdoor’s All My Love.” This one is smooth & brings out the romantic in the listener. This is one of their three best albums. Buy it, you won’t be disappointed.

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