Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II review
|Album:||Led Zeppelin II|
|Release date:||October 1969|
01. Whole Lotta Love
02. What Is And What Should Never Be
03. The Lemon Song
04. Thank You
06. Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman)
07. Ramble On
08. Moby Dick
09. Bring It On Home
What can anyone write about a Led Zeppelin album? Especially about their second one, which along with their fourth release probably contains some of the best, most recognizable and influential music ever created. And if the first album had a few covers and showcases a band still trying to find their place, this one establishes them as one of the world's biggest bands that took the whole world by storm and created what a lot of people argue is the blueprint for 70's hard rock, and let me add not only 70's hard rock but rock music in general for generations to come.
The album starts with the excellent "Whole Lotta Love", which starts with one of the coolest riffs ever and after a bit more than a minute it just goes crazy! Drum and distortion guitar sounds coming from everywhere making you feel like you are on drugs, along with the distinctive screams and sounds of Robert Plant making you want something that you cannot explain…until some normal drumming and guitar kicks in and you feel like you have woken from a weird but very pleasant dream. What a way to start an album! Another song that deserves special mention is "Heartbreaker", which is just an excellent hard rock song, showcasing Page's guitar skills half-way through the song and then the whole band kicks in, making you tap your feet to the music. A totally enjoyable track, which is followed by probably the best change between songs ever! "Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman)" feels like a continuation of the previous track and just doesn't let you go with its high energy. "Ramble On" which is next shows that the band have evolved so much within less than a year after their previous effort and just shows that this band has something truly amazing that can just not go unnoticed. Also, "Moby Dick" is a good example of the capabilities of the band and their drummer in specific. It could be easy to comment on each and every single track here but the review would turn into a chapter from a book.
All four musicians are excellent in this album and they would get even better as time went by. Also a thing to note is the production, which Jimmy Page was part of and is quite groundbreaking I believe for that time, or at least interesting and daring, as you can tell from the first track. Lastly, the album cover is quite cool.
Another interesting fact, although slightly irrelevant with this album is that in live shows they would stretch "Moby Dick" (and other songs of theirs) to about 20 minutes even at times, just enjoying playing and improvising on stage, showing that music concerts at that time were just different than nowadays, and especially Led Zeppelin's concerts. I for one am envious that I never had the chance to experience that first hand, since they stopped making music before I was born. Nevertheless their music is always going to be there for everyone to enjoy, and enjoy they will! This album is one of the best ever created and recommendable to everyone, although I am sure everyone has already listened to it…
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