Led Zeppelin II (Remastered Original CD) Original recording remastered
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Vinyl, Original recording remastered, June 3, 2014
Audio, Cassette, Original recording remastered, June 21, 1994
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John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant came together in 1968 as Led Zeppelin. Over the next decade, the band would become one of the most influential, innovative and successful groups in modern music, selling more than 300 million albums worldwide. Their songs are some of the most celebrated in rock n roll history that, to this day, resonate with fans young and old around the globe. Still, no matter how many times you may have listened to their music, you ve never heard Led Zeppelin like this before.
With the 2014 release of deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, & Led Zeppelin III, the band will launch an extensive reissue program of all nine of its studio albums in chronological order, each remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page.
The band wrote and recorded nearly all of Led Zeppelin II while touring relentlessly to support its debut album. Incredibly, the album was released just seven months after Led Zeppelin in October of 1969. Led Zeppelin II features some of the band s most beloved tracks including "Ramble On" and "Heartbreaker" as well as "Whole Lotta Love, " considered by many to be one of the greatest rock n roll songs of all time. The album is certified diamond by the RIAA with sales of over 12 million copies.
Led Zeppelin continues to be honored for its pivotal role in music history. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and a year later was awarded with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm. Founding members Jones, Page and Plant along with Jason Bonham, the son of John Bonham took the stage at London s O2 Arena in 2007 to headline a tribute concert for Ahmet Ertegun, a dear friend and Atlantic Records founder. The band was honored for its lifetime contribution to American culture at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012. In January of 2014, the band won their first ever Grammy award as Celebration Day, which captured their live performance at the Ertegun tribute concert, was named Best Rock Album.
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As I said, though, now is a good time to pick this up because the deluxe edition pricing is about the same price as a regular CD, but you get a bonus disc and the deluxe packaging. The bonus disc for II will appeal more to the Zeppelin aficionados than the casual classic rock radio fan. It has several rough cuts from the studio and a couple of backing tracks that are completely cool to a Zep fanatic, but might be unappealing to people who mainly like the band's hit songs. Personally, I love hearing earlier incarnations of songs, early demo versions, and alternate takes that weren't used just to hear all of the ideas that went into the finished track that ended up on the album.
However, the one gem among these miscellaneous extras is the previously unheard instrumental, “La La.” I won't claim it's a new Zeppelin classic, but it's a definite treat to hear this obviously very early version of a Led Zeppelin tune. The first half has a happy, Partridge Family kind of vibe, but a little over two minutes in, it begins to sound like the familiar blues rock of the first couple albums. It's a great bonus, and when you add it to the other songs on the bonus disc, the remastered sound, the packaging and liner notes, it adds up to a top-notch deluxe edition. Mine will end up as worn out as my last copy of this album.
In a lot of cases, I enjoy bonus CDs that have demos and rough cuts as it gives you an impression of the journey songs take between inception and finalization. In this case, however, the second CD is really just not that necessary. For most people, it’s probably a ‘one and done’ listening experience. Still, it does nothing to lessen the power of the actual album.
I bought this CD and love listening to these songs in glorious uncompressed 16-bit digital on my Meyer studio monitors, this is what rock was all about.
John Bonham is my favorite rock drummer, not to busy, plays with the band and brings things to life where less creative drummers just paddle through with a back beat.
Jimmy Page certainly defined his share of classic rock guitar tones and licks, what an amazing player.
Lately I've been on a kick of buying CD's again because I like their fuller sound. For casual listening mp3 is fine but when I want tone a real CD sounds better (at least to my ears).
Buy this CD, relive a rock era, good music to all!
The old MoFi sounds like a cleaned up version of the original pressing where it brings the distortion forward so its more noticable because its so much cleaner. These new remasters are different. More impact cut hotter although the relative volume is the same. It sounds more powerful musically. Again the digital artifacts come to it head in the high frequencies. Not as smooth. An artificial sense of it all being cleaner and brighter due to the fact that there is information missing ambiance of the original.
Bonhams drums/cymbals never sounded better. You gotta hear it. Get it! +++++
The music is epic, we all agree. My review is solely for the new artwork...which I hate.