Offered for sale is an original 1969 Japanese pressing of Led Zeppelin II by Led Zeppelin, including the original obi.
Unlike later Japanese issues of this album, this pressing did not include a poster.
About this copy: This copy of Led Zeppelin II is a 1969 Japanese pressing on the blue/green Atlantic label, pressed by Nippon Grammophon.
The cover is VG+, with moderate corner wear. The obi is VG, with wear at the top and bottom edges, and a tiny repaired tear at the top edge. The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, has been removed.
The lyric insert is VG+ with a fold on one edge and a few foxing spots.
The disc is VG+, with a few faint scuffs, but no significant marks. There are a number of spindle marks on the labels. It’s a clean disc, but plays with a bit of surface noise.
A nice copy of a very rare Led Zeppelin LP and the only complete copy of the original pressing that we’ve ever had for sale.
Background: 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.
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|Country of origin:||Japan|
|Year of Release:||1969|