Offered for sale is a still sealed 1977 U.S. Columbia Record Club pressing of Led Zeppelin II, the second album by Led Zeppelin.
About this copy: This copy of Led Zeppelin II is a 1977 U.S. pressing on the Atlantic label, likely pressed at Columbia Records’ Terre Haute, Indiana pressing plant. While Discogs lists this as a 1977 release, that’s the date when the catalog number was changed from SD 8236 to SD 19127 by Atlantic Records. It may not be the exact date of release of this particular pressing, though it’s likely close.
As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.
The wrap is mostly intact except for a tiny break at the lower right hand corner. All four corners are slightly pushed.
Unlike copies sold in stores, this pressing did not have hype stickers attached to the shrink wrap. The words “Manufactured by Columbia House under license” are printed at the bottom of the back cover.
A nice copy of a scarce variation of a classic LP.
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.
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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