Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of Led Zeppelin II by Led Zeppelin, complete with obi and Japan-only poster.
Led Zeppelin’s 1969 debut LP drew a bit of attention from fans and critics, but it was the second album, Led Zeppelin II, that really made the band famous. Every track on the album got regular play on FM radio and the album reached #1 on both the U.S. and UK charts and the song “Whole Lotta Love” reached #4 on the American singles chart.
Allmusic.com gave Led Zeppelin II a rare 5 star review:
Recorded quickly during Led Zeppelin’s first American tours, Led Zeppelin II provided the blueprint for all the heavy metal bands that followed it. Since the group could only enter the studio for brief amounts of time, most of the songs that compose II are reworked blues and rock & roll standards that the band was performing on-stage at the time. Not only did the short amount of time result in a lack of original material, it made the sound more direct. Jimmy Page still provided layers of guitar overdubs, but the overall sound of the album is heavy and hard, brutal and direct. “Whole Lotta Love,” “The Lemon Song,” and “Bring It on Home” are all based on classic blues songs — only, the riffs are simpler and louder and each song has an extended section for instrumental solos. Of the remaining six songs, two sport light acoustic touches (“Thank You,” “Ramble On”), but the other four are straight-ahead heavy rock that follows the formula of the revamped blues songs. While Led Zeppelin II doesn’t have the eclecticism of the group’s debut, it’s arguably more influential. After all, nearly every one of the hundreds of Zeppelin imitators used this record, with its lack of dynamics and its pummeling riffs, as a blueprint.
About this copy: This copy of Led Zeppelin II is a Japanese fourth pressing, issued in the mid-1970s. While it has the catalog number P-10101A, the matrix numbers in the dead wax are from an earlier pressing, P-8042A. The album includes the original obi, lyric insert, and a poster that was issued only with Japanese reissues.
The cover and obi are M-. The lyric insert is VG++, with a bit of foxing. The disc is M-, and aside from a few spindle marks on the label, appears to have had little play. The poster is M- and has no holes, rips or tears.
A beautiful copy of an album that’s hard to find complete, and a pretty good record, too.
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