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LED ZEPPELIN II

Led Zeppelin

 

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el böthy
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4 stars Ok, Led Zeppelin II, this used to be my favorite album before I new about prog. And although I might not play it as much as I used to (cause I played it too much!!!) its still among my favorites.

Track by track, there are no flaws, no fillers, all songs are great and some among their very best.

Whola lotta love is one of Page´s classic riffs, simple, heavy, this one would inspire soooo many bands! Just one riff, imagine that! Plant sings his lyrics for the first time in Zeppelin, as the first album was written by John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page, and although its not one of his finest poetic moments, it works wonders with the song, filling it with sex and...well, just sex!

What is and what should never be starts calm with some jazzy feeling (maybe?) but it keeps on changing with the introduction of power chords and Bonhams drumwork. Overall this might be my least favorite song from the album, but still good.

The Lemon song is blues on steroids. Page shines, oh he shines here! And so does John Paul Jones, who always seemed to be one step behind his fellow bandmates for not being a guitar hero, drum master or a hell of a frontman, but when it comes to delivering the goods, he always delivers the goods!

Thank you is a ballad. Now, Im not the biggest ballad fan, but this one is a pretty good one, no, make it an excellent one. Page´s acoustic solo is excellent and Plant sings with his heart, while Jones lays the whole thing down on some atmospheric and gentle keys.

Heartbreaker, hehehe, here we have Zeppelin as we like them!!! This track is alllllll about Mr Page. This song, how many kids have played this song and worshiped Jimmy, I know I did...and still do. And while the solo is technically not as good as it seems...who cares??? It rocks!

Living lovin maid (she´s just a woman) is the shortest song...and probably the best after Heartbreaker, at least for me, it was always a favorite of mine. Short but oh so good.

Ramble on is where Plant displays his love for Tolkien´s The Lord of the rings. A little folky number, its good, but not among the best of the album. Still good, ...its Zeppelin after all.

Moby dick, this has another highlight riff of mr Page and some good fills, and something more...eh...uh, let me think...ah yes, THE MOTHERFUCKING LOCOMOTIVE DRUM SOLO OF BONHAM!!!

Bring it on home is another blues and...yes, also on steroids, although this one starts off quite calm and nicely with Plant singing...funny and playing the harmonic. But when the guitars and drums kick in, mmm yummy!!! Bonham is great in this one!

All in all a big step forward for the mighty Zeppelin and the album that would put them aside of the greats like The Who, the Rolling Stones and The Beatles (commercially) and aside with the Beatles musically!!! A must have in any collection...even if you dont like Zeppelin, this is such a must have!!!

el böthy | 4/5 |

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