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Led Zeppelin II (Deluxe Edition)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2002
Along with 'Are You Experienced' this is the best album I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. I wonder how many seventies rock bands were influenced by 'Whole Lotta Love', which apart from 'Stairway' is Led Zep's best song. 'What is and what should never be' is classic Zeppelin with the quiet bluesy opening and finishing with pure rock. 'The Lemon Song' demonstrates how competent a bass player John-Paul Jones is, and how fond Robert Plant is of Lemon Juice!! Jimmy Page strums his acoustic guitar to perfection on 'Thank you'. Page then conjures up yet another unforgettable riff on 'Heartbreaker' which also includes a magical unaccompanied guitar solo. 'Living Loving Maid' is a 2 and a half minute rocker, is well arranged and sounds good as a follow on to Heartbreaker. Ramble On is a gentle folk song and is unique to any other song on the album. By the time the instrumental 'Moby Dick'(which includes some highly technical drumming by Bonham) is played, every member of the band's talents have been displayed. The album finishes with 'Bring it on Home' which features Plant on the harmonica and some heavy guitar playing by Page.
In my opinion this is Led Zeppelin's best album purely because there is not one bad or average song on it, each one is a gem.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2001
This album is probably the closest Led Zeppelin ever got to heavy metal, and is easily one of their best, if not one of the best rock albums of all time. Jimmy Page's guitar playing dominates this album, high points being the solo's in "Heartbreaker" and "The Lemon Song", although the other tracks are excellent too. I would strongly recommend this to any rock fan. This would be a good one to start with if you are new to Led Zeppelin.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2000
After a musical trip through the ages, looking for a sound that truly satisfied, I stumbled upon Led Zeppelin IV, music, the likes of which I had never heard. It left me thirsting for more, so I bought Led Zeppelin II. This, for me, was like finding the holy grail. Every song a classic, with plenty of blues/rock guitar riff's and satisfying vocals, I thoroughly recommend to all with a taste for the Blues and Heavy Metal.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2004
So, which is the greatest?
First I thought it was "I" for its raw, bluesy, rock and roll. Then I listened to "III" and found the beautiful melodies and delicate acoustics and thought that I loved it the most. But returning to "II" made me realise what Led Zepppelin are all about.
The driving bass lines, the lashing drum beats, the howling vocals and incendiary guitar licks combine to create incredibly powerful rock and roll music that will just blow you away. This album shows how rock and roll should be. Its an example of a hard working band that makes every note and every beat count.
You just cannot get enough of these songs. They inspire a feeling which a lot of other bands forget. The buzz which musicians feel when making the music is something that is often not conveyed to the listener from the CD. On this album however, the band has made the connection to the fans.
If "Heartbreaker" doesn't make you want to weep with joy, and don't know what will. This is vintage: rock and roll at its finest.
Its a lesson in rock music, you just need to hear it...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
For the hard of reading this review relates to the 1994 remaster (not the 2014 edition) ,This is one of those discs were im completely out of sync with the rest of the world ! For me its not a 5 star stunner (although i respect the opinions of those who love it).Only 2 tracks really stick out for me and what a couple of classics they are 'Whole Lotta Love' & 'Heartbreaker'.im also quite fond of the throwaway 'Livin Lovin Maid',as for the rest well played,some fine examples of the bands musical prowess but they just dont excite me the way the debut disc did or indeed the discs that followed.Still we cant all like the same thing,how boring that would be.

As an aside i certainly agree with some reviewers that the 1994 remastered cd certainly didnt enhance the disc 3.5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2010
Flawless from the immense opener of whole lotta love to the closer of bring it on home, which are perhaps my two favourite songs on the album! My personal favourite zep album. Listening nearly always makes me starry eyed. Led zep are still very much in touch with their blues roots here. Some truly great tunes. Whole lotta love is one of zeps best songs, along with heartbreaker, with its epic guitar solo. Thankyou is heartfelt and beautiful, one of plants first songs. Ramble on preshadows the acoustic folky style to come in their next album, and is just epic. Bring it on home is sublime, especially when the heavy power trio come in, classic zep, and an awesome closer for a fantastic album.

As for the lyrics, sexual innuendo and Lord Of The Rings! Classic
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 16 August 2002
What an opener. I had never heard Led Zeppelin before, ever, and 'Whole Lotta Love' just blew me away,and immediately I was addicted not just to this song but to the entire album. For pure rock and roll guitaring the wicked solo on 'Heartbreaker' cannot be matched except of course by Jimi. And my personal favourite track 8 'Moby' is simply brilliant. There is not a bad song on this album.If anyone reads this buy it now because this is a true classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 July 2000
Every track on this is simply awesome. From Whole Lotta Love through to Bring it On Home, Zeppelin take us on a journey of moods from the sexually charged Lemon Song to the sublime Thank You(perhaps their best balled ever). This is a must if you're interested in Rock music!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2001
This is one of the greatest albums of all time. Every song on it is a classic and has something special about each one. It is also one of the most influential albums ever - it changed guitar playing forever. No words can describe how amazing this album is. Buy it now.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 22 July 2004
Led Zeppelin II (1969.) Led Zeppelin's second album.
Following the release of their first studio album in early 1969, Led Zeppelin went right back into the studio and got to work on their follow-up effort, rather unoriginally titled Led Zeppelin II. John Bonham, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Robert Plant had demonstrated their potential beautifully on their debut, creating an excellent hard and heavy blues-based rock sound that won audiences over almost instantly. How would their sophomore effort, also released in 1969, measure up? Read on and find out.
Led Zeppelin II, for the most part, follows the same blues-based rock stylings of its predecessor, but it throws in just enough new elements to keep things sounding fresh. Whole Lotta Love, a hard and heavy classic rocker that would go on to become one of the band's biggest hits of all, kicks off the album. When you're starting an album, the first track should always grab the listener's attention and hold it - and here the band succeeded beautifully. Several hits emerged from this album including the medley of Heartbreaker and Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman), as well as the classic Ramble On. All of these songs receive classic rock airplay even to this day, and it's no surprise why - these songs flat out rule. And, of course, the tracks that weren't hits were no slouches either. What Is And What Should Never Be is an excellent rocker that should have gotten more popularity than it did, and even the frequently-bashed Lemon Song is actually pretty good. The album's love song, Thank You, is another masterpiece. Moby Dick and Bring It On Home finish the album off, and do a damn good job of it. All in all, another excellent album that doesn't suffer from that dreaded sophomore jinx.
There have been numerous issues of this album released over the years, but really, they're all the same other than their packaging. Don't bother shelling out the extra cash to get one of those foreign LP-style replica packages - it's just not worth it. The domestic versions are exactly the same and cost considerably less.
Led Zeppelin II is one of the greatest sophomore albums in the history of rock and roll. If you're a fan of Led Zeppelin, this is one of their many albums worth adding to your collection. Do yourself a favor and buy all of their albums separately or get the Complete Studio Recordings box set - hits compilations just can't do this band justice.
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