Album no. 157/1001
Zeppelin are back! That was quick. This one has been described as their heaviest album, and was also their first number one in both the UK and US. Fair effort.
This album was also known as ‘The Brown Bomber’ because of the cover art. The photo on the front is based on a picture of the real Flying Circus, with the band’s faces airbrushed over the top. Pretty cool.
This album is considered very influential in the development of metal, and you can see why, there are some massive riffs on this.
Have you listened to this album before?
NK: You are GODDAMNED RIGHT I HAVE.
CL: As stated previously, I have never gotten the Led out. Aside from their first album.
NK: It’s the finishing combo of ‘Moby Dick’ and ‘Bring It On Home’. ‘Moby Dick’ is best known for the drum solo, but I think the guitar riff is really underrated. The opener is a killer track as well (‘Whole Lotta Love’ but I think the closer (‘Bring it On Home’) is the best thing here.
CL: You can’t really go past ‘Whole Lotta Love’ in my opinion – that guitar is so guttural and raw IT HITS YOU RIGHT IN YOUR STOMACH HOLE. I also REALLY like ‘What Is And What Should Never Be’. It gave me a real Jimi Hendrix vibe. Plus, I’m always a sucker for loud/quiet tunes.
When would be the best time to listen to this?
NK: When you want to ROCK OUT.
CL: If the first one wasn’t enough of a journey for you.
Why has this album been included on the list?
NK: I think the songs here are better than their first album, and they still have Jimmy Page doing his control freak producer/guitarist things. Robert Plant starts sneaking Lord of the Rings references in on this album as well, for better or worse. I wonder whether people picked up on that in the initial reviews. I can’t imagine the blues rock/epic fantasy crowd had a lot of crossover, but maybe they were all pals.
CL: See, this is the trouble. Mixing blues WITH fantastical stories? NO THANK YOU. Maybe it was groundbreaking at the time, but I’d rather do without it. Thanks.
Will you be listening again?
NK: Yeah mangs.
CL: Mmmm, I still feel the same way I did as with Led Zeppelin – other people get into them a lot more than me.
Listen to Led Zeppelin II on Spotify or buy it in iTunes.