Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II (1969)
It’s not my favourite Led Zeppelin album – that will come up later on in the Countdown – but it’s one of my favourites; it’s also the first Led Zeppelin original album I heard. My introduction to the band was the Remasters compilation. But somewhere along the line, some time shortly after, I heard a copy of Led Zep II on CD; I think my mate’s dad had it. It’s a huge album – very big-sounding and people have gone on to call it a Heavy Metal blueprint and such. Well it’s certainly one of the main antecedents for that genre, sure. My vinyl copy of Led Zep II is battered and tatty and I like that. I don’t play it often because I know it inside out and as good and perfect as those first four Led Zep albums are I now enjoy everything that came after Led Zeps I-IV far more (as a rule). But The Lemon Song is so good – even if it’s a dirty lift. I remember playing it in a band once and we definitely needed more cowbell (or at least someone who wasn’t going to let the side down). I also practiced along to a lot of these songs – blasting out the LP and doing my best to try to keep up. Good times. What a fuckin album though. What a fuckin group. I don’t understand when people say they don’t like Led Zeppelin. I refuse to believe they’ve made it through the albums in any (open-eared, focussed) way. This is the heart of great rock music. And you play this and you hear it beating, vibrant, tight-but loose. Perfect.
Sample Track: Bring It On Home
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