Tuesday 11pm: Feature LP: Led Zeppelin II (1969)

Led Zeppelin II is the second album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, released on 22 October 1969 in the United States and on 31 October 1969 in the United Kingdom by Atlantic Records. Recording sessions for the album took place at several locations in both the United Kingdom and North America from January to August 1969. The album’s production was credited to the band’s lead guitarist and songwriter Jimmy Page, and it also served as Led Zeppelin’s first album to use Eddie Kramer as engineer. Led Zeppelin II exhibited the band’s evolving musical style of blues-derived material and their guitar riff-based sound. It has been described as the band’s heaviest album.

Led Zeppelin II was a commercial success, and was the band’s first album to reach number one on charts in the UK and the US. In 1970, the album’s cover designer David Juniper was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Recording Package. On 15 November 1999, the album was certified 12× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales passing 12 million copies. Since its release, various writers and music critics have regularly cited Led Zeppelin II as one of the greatest and most influential albums of all time.

1. “Whole Lotta Love” 5:34
2. “What Is and What Should Never Be” 4:46
3. “The Lemon Song” 6:19
4. “Thank You” 4:49

1. “Heartbreaker” 4:14
2. “Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman)” 2:39
3. “Ramble On” 4:34
4. “Moby Dick” 4:20
5. “Bring It On Home” 4:19

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