Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin II


4.5
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Review

by incufreak411 USER (4 Reviews)
April 5th, 2006 | 15 replies


Release Date: 1969 | Tracklist


'Led Zeppelin II' is what my dad said made Zep huge. He said as a kid this was his favorite album, it was mine for awhile until i finally got a hold of 'Houses of the Holy' but none the less im writing a review on II because its the first Zeppelin album i heard so it'll always be true and dear to me.

The members-
Robert Plant-vocals
Jimmy Page-guitar
John Paul Jones-bass, piano, keyboards, etc., etc.
John Bonham-percussion

Led Zeppelin II is a bluesy/ballsy album that has no limits to how heavy it can get. I believe this is there best sounding album. Its a very full and thick sounding album that i really dig.

WHOLE LOTTA LOVE-though my fascination for this particular song has long since gone out the door its still a pretty good song. the whole song is based pretty much off a single riff which is a good riff but just gets old real quick. And when the riff isnt whats playing its a 4 minute orgasm by Plant accompanied by bell hits of the cymbals by Bonham and random buzz and quirks from Page. But after all that build up of anticiaption theres a massive drum fill that comes from no where and the band starts on a nice jam where Page displays his solo at which is a very good then goes back in to the sexy little riff that is 'Whole Lotta Love.'

WHAT IS AND WHAT SHOULD NEVER BE- I really enjoy this song it has a very cool dynamic from chill, beautiful verses to balls to the wall force chorus'. i love all the parts on this song. Every solo that Page does is just great, then the ending starts off with the guitar doing a catchy set of double noted chords. The verses are beautiful the chorus' are catchy and the jams are nice too, definitely one of my favs on the album.

THE LEMON SONG- This might be one of my favorite Page riffs. Its a ascending blues riff that stops on a bright slide down chord, its reall cool. When the beat comes in the whole feel of the song is great. The rhthym is just so key. After , I guess what you'd call, the chorus of the song theres a real cool lead part that both Page and Jones do together that I think just sounds awesome. It goes through another segment of that blues standard set of chords and goes into a faster paced beat all off the double snare strike of Bonham. On the guitar solo I really feel Page is just going off like a madman just to go back into that grooving verse. In the middle of the song its mainly just bass and drums playing with Plant ad libbin some lyrics but its one of the best bass lines I've ever heard its just so grooving. I think you can hear future influence to Flea from The Red Hot Chili Peppers and P-nut from 311 all from this Jones bass line. Then it goes back into the fast jam again then ends.

THANK YOU- I like this song alot its real serene and beautiful to listen to. The chorus is fairly catchy. I find I have to be in a certain mood to listen to this song. But to be toatlly honest I've listened to this song maybe 4 times all the way through. Its good just I mainly skip it.

HEARTBREAKER-From the first voice of the first chord in this song I love it. A classic riff that everyone knows. The verse are pretty cool with a very slidy feel for the bass and the beat is pretty good. The chorus is pretty much the main riff in a blues chord progression. I like this song alot because for the first part of the solo Page is doing it with no o0ne else there. He's just rippin it on the guitar by himself on record its great ***. When the band finally comes back in its on a pretty heavy grooving riff then goes back into the song. A real good one and album highlight for me.

LIVIN' LOVIN' MAID-Heartbreaker goes pretty much directly into this one. This song has a very catchy. memorable riff , with a beat you can snap ya fingas to....The chorus' are very bluesy and show to become part of what is to me that ZEPPELIN SOUND. Very thick, ballsy sound. This is prettyy mcuh a bunch of verses and choruses pushed into one song with a solo in the middle. Typical song structure but definitely not a typical song.

RAMBLE ON- I particularly like this song because I remember my brother playing it when we were getting ready for school when I lived in Abilene in the 4th grade. The chorus' are chill kinda folksy country guitar feels like they should be playin this song on a wooden back porch in Mississippi swamp somehwere. Its funny how a British band can conjure that up for you. From the verse they explode into the chorus. Then it goes back into some verses and chorus and Page solos over one of the verses its juat a great somng and I really enjoy Bonham's work on this song in particular. Nothing dazzling but it just seems right to my ears.

MOBY DICK- I think from this song alone Tom Morello decided to be a guitarist. Naw I dont know but theres very similar things in this song to many RATM songs. This is pretty much a big jam and an excuse for Bonham to have some fun. When I was first starting to learn the drums this was the song that was just a total mind*** for me but now that I understand drums better its not as crazy but he is still one fast motha ***a.

BRING IT ON HOME- Originally a Willie Dixon song and FYI if you want to get a better understanding of what Zeppelin was about you need to get ahold of some of his music and it'll be clear as day. Starts out as a very typical classic blues song progression with only Plant and Page at the start featuring Plant on harmonica, then after about a minute and a half this riff comes from o where and then a double whack of the snare and the whole bands in on a for a chompy blues ride that just takes you to another place with every section then goes back into the classic blues riff and ends the song and this great album.

So overall you get a pretty bluesy heavy album with exceptions like 'Thank You'
'What Is...' and then some of their heavier work such as 'Heartbreaker' and 'Ramble On.' Overall I give this album and 4.5/5

If any of my 'fans' have noticed I took some extra time to do the grammar thing because Iwas sick of everyone talking *** about my grammar and capitalization instead of constructive criticism, which is what i though this whole site was aboot, but whatever I'm sure yall will find something to bitch about so that yall can't focus on the review


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Music Nerd
April 5th 2006


95 Comments


Hey dude, good review. I really dig this album and it is my favorite Zeppelin album.

But let me tell you this, people just commented on your spelling/grammer because it can distract from the review and it's always nice for the review to be formal. Just go to spellcheck.net before each time you submit it and fix the errors. You do have quite a few.This Message Edited On 04.05.06

fisky009
April 5th 2006


813 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nive review.

I've always been a fan of Led Zep but don't own any of their albums. This one obviously has some sentamental value

tom79
April 5th 2006


3372 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good Review and really good album.

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Two-Headed Boy
April 5th 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

tom79: Who's this tom80 person?

Led Zeppellin don't really appeal to me. I like maybe two or three songs, but the rest... eh.

Nice review.

Storm In A Teacup
April 5th 2006


12781 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=review]If any of my 'fans' have noticed I took some extra time to do the grammar thing because Iwas sick of everyone talking *** about my grammar and capitalization instead of constructive criticism, which is what i though this whole site was aboot, but whatever I'm sure yall will find something to bitch about so that yall can't focus on the review[/quote]Spelling, and grammar are two of the most important things about a review.This Message Edited On 04.05.06

tom79
April 5th 2006


3372 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=AV8RS]tom79: Who's this tom80 person?[/quote]
Its an old user that i went on when tom79 was going through some ...difficulties. But I won't be on that anymore.This Message Edited On 04.05.06

francesfarmer
April 5th 2006


1477 Comments


Spelling, and grammar are two of the most important things about a review.

I thought it was the fact that it is a review, and should be helpful.


Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
April 5th 2006


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've never been able to really get into the Zeppelin, although I easily see why people orgasm over them. I have to say Page is slightly overrated (Only for the fact he is always placed at the top of 70's guitarists), but this album sure did do a lot for rock.

nowoodnik
April 5th 2006


8 Comments


incufreak411 good riview spelling wasnt that bad

lz2 was my first zep album and it is still my best the only song i dont like is the lemon song but its not bad.

Ilvutar are u high? page is (with the exeption of hendrix) the greatist and most influential guitarist in history. he invented simultanious guitar tracks, and can you hear how fast he plays on heartbreaker, and if you ever get a chance to watch him play white summer live do it its amazing.

p.s. jimmy page played on an estimated 90% of all music coming out of britan between 1962 and 1966.

JohnXDoesn't
April 5th 2006


1282 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not one of my favorite Zep albums, although good. I would give it a 3.25 if I could, because while I feel it is very good, I think this one falls short of great. Still, I'll give it a 3.5. An over esteemed album by and over esteemed band, but can't really blame Zep for that.

Decent enough track by track review, also...This Message Edited On 04.05.06

Two-Headed Boy
April 5th 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

tom80 was not cool. :D

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
April 5th 2006


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nowoodnik, aka "I made my account to comment this review and probably wont comment back", I am merely saying I think there were better guitarists in the 70's. I did not once mention influential; Jimmy Page obviously had some great techniques and was so huge, he automatically reigns in that title. For the 4975087th time in recorded history, how good you are is not the only basis for how influential you are.

incufreak411
April 6th 2006


16 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think Page is just the riff master hes always doing something that Im like this man is a chord genius, I think Tom Morello the same way he just has kick ass riffs, I beleive Hendrix totally blew the door open though with his use of feedback and just his overall style was groundbreaking them you have Clapton who is 'God' which i do agree he plays the smoothest i think likes his guitar neck is made of sweet cream butta. Then theres Jeff Beck, Joe Walsh, George Harrsion and so on and so on... theyre all great theyre all innovators in some way. Everyone influences everyone thats what musics all about taking inspiration and influence and vibes and letting it go through you into your music its beautiful.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
April 6th 2006


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I always was a Santana, Fripp and Zappa fan when it came to guitarists, but Clapton and Hendrix were incredible.

carolinaheels387
April 6th 2006


34 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review on a great album from possibly the greatest band. I applaude you for giving Zeppelin their due.



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