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Led Zeppelin II [Deluxe Edition] [Slipcase]

Led Zeppelin Ii [Deluxe Edition] [Slipcase]


Recorded quickly during Led Zeppelin's first American tours, Led Zeppelin II provided the blueprint for all the heavy metal bands that followed it. Since the group could only enter the studio for brief amounts of time, most of the songs that compose II are reworked blues and rock & roll standards that the band was performing on-stage at the time. Not only did the short amount of time result in a lack of original material, it made the sound more direct. Jimmy Page still provided layers of guitar overdubs, but the overall sound of the album is heavy and hard, brutal and direct. "Whole Lotta Love," "The Lemon Song," and "Bring It on Home" are all based on classic blues songs -- only, the riffs are simpler and louder and each song has an extended section for instrumental solos. Of the remaining six songs, two sport light acoustic touches ("Thank You," "Ramble On"), but the other four are straight-ahead heavy rock that follows the formula of the revamped blues songs. While Led Zeppelin II doesn't have the eclecticism of the group's debut, it's arguably more influential. After all, nearly every one of the hundreds of Zeppelin imitators used this record, with its lack of dynamics and its pummeling riffs, as a blueprint.[Led Zeppelin launched a massive reissue campaign in 2014, supervised by Jimmy Page. The album proper has been remastered but the centerpiece for this deluxe edition, as it is for its companion reissues, is an additional disc of unreleased bonus material. Page dug through the Zeppelin archives to find rare -- and often un-bootlegged -- recordings, relying on alternate mixes and backing tracks but occasionally excavating unheard songs. The bonus disc on Led Zeppelin II does contain an entirely unheard song: the organ-led instrumental "La La," which is notably different than anything else Zeppelin ever did. Its chipper organ refrain by John Paul Jones feels nearly sugary, a mood that's broken when Page comes crashing in with acoustics and trebly guitar overdubs. "La La" simultaneously looks back and forward, evoking some of the Yardbirds' Little Games, even a bit of "Beck's Bolero," throwbacks to be certain but its mini-suite construction suggests the more ambitious territory the band would soon explore. Elsewhere, Zeppelin are looking neither to the past or future; they're simply living in the present, a reflection of how Led Zeppelin II was recorded on the road. As a finished album, this quickness lent a vitality to the heavy blues and rock but the outtakes on the bonus disc don't pack many major revelations and, as such, it pales slightly to the companion supplemental material on Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin III. Nevertheless, this is worthwhile for serious Zepheads. There are notable difference here and there -- "Whole Lotta Love" feels different, with its midsection freakout tamed and Robert Plant's vocals somewhat restrained; it's also interesting to hear "Moby Dick" presented as just a set-up riff and conclusion, lacking John Bonham's solo -- but the lasting impression of these rough mixes and backing tracks is how much Page added in his final production. "Ramble On," in particular, shows how Page's expert overdubs expanded the emotional template of a song and the contrast is fascinating, as is hearing the basic backing track of "Living Loving Maid." Stripped of Plant's vocals and all of Page's guitar coloring, including solos, it's possible to focus on the essential groove of Page, Jones, and Bonham, which is something of a wonder to behold.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

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  • Label: Atlantic (Label)
  • UPC: 081227964535
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Track listings

  • Disc 1:
  • 1. Whole Lotta Love
  • 2. What Is And What Should Never Be
  • 3. Lemon Song, The
  • 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
  • Disc 2:
  • 1. Whole Lotta Love [Rough Mix With Vocal] (Previously Unreleased)
  • 2. What Is And What Should Never Be [Rough Mix With Vocal] (Previously Unreleased)
  • 3. Thank You [Backing Track] (Previously Unreleased)
  • 4. Heartbreaker [Rough Mix With Vocal] (Previously Unreleased)
  • 5. Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman) [Backing Track] (Previously Unreleased)
  • 6. Ramble On [Rough Mix With Vocal] (Previously Unreleased)
  • 7. Moby Dick [Backing Track] (Previously Unreleased)
  • 8. La La [Intro/Outro Rough Mix] (Previously Unreleased)
 
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Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
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