Led Zeppelin II
is an album of Jimmy Page riffs so huge, and John Paul Jones/John Bonham rhythms so deep, that the heavy metal genre this classic helped create has tried for decades to catch up, mostly without success. And no wonder: since II
catches the band before they'd headed too far into their ridiculous medieval fancies, this might be as good as Zep would ever be. Regardless, the thunderous "Whole Lotta Love," a Top 5 hit, and "Bring It on Home" are very nearly as fierce and twisted as British white blues would ever get. --David Cantwell
Recorded while the band was touring America for the first time, II eschewed songwriting finesse for bludgeoning riffs, and thus set the standard for all heavy metal bands to follow. Includes Whole Lotta Love; Heartbreaker; Moby Dick; What Is and What Should Never Be , and more. From 1969.