LED ZEPPELIN II - * CLASSIC RECORDS 200 GRAM PRESS *
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. (AMG)
A Note on Classic Records: Acclaimed reissue label specializing in audiophile LP reissues of classic albums; employs its own custom-built tube-based mastering equipment on all of its releases; masters its releases from original master tapes (or the best sources available). Earliest releases were a box set of RCA Living Stereo classical titles and Verve jazz titles (subsequently sold individually).
Classic used 180 gram vinyl until 2001. That year they switched to 180 gram "SV" (Super Vinyl) and added a sticker specifying the type of vinyl to all their LPs. They introduced 200 gram "Quiex SV-P" in July 2002. That was followed by "SV-P II" and, in 2008, "Clarity Vinyl." In the 2000s, they also introduced lower priced versions of many of their LPs, pressed from the same masters but on regular 150, 140, or 120 gram vinyl. Represses were always done on the latest vinyl formulation and can be dated by the sticker.
Classic also produced a line of gold CDs in the 1990s and then 24/96 HDAD digital disks. Mastering was typically done at Bernie Grundman Mastering by Grundman himself or Chris Bellman. Classic's assets were purchased by Acoustic Sounds in 2010. (DSC)
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II
Label: Classic Records – SD 8236, Atlantic – SD 8236
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 200 Gram
Country: US Released: 2005
A1 Whole Lotta Love Written-By – Page*, Bonham*, Jones*, Plant*, Dixon* 5:33
A2 What Is And What Should Never Be Written-By – Page*, Plant* 4:47
A3 The Lemon Song Written-By – Burnett*, Page*, Bonham*, Jones*, Plant* 6:20
A4 Thank You Written-By – Page*, Plant* 3:50
B1 Heartbreaker Written-By – Page*, Bonham*, Jones*, Plant* 4:15
B2 Living Loving Maid Written-By – Page*, Plant* 2:40
B3 Ramble On Written-By – Page*, Plant* 4:35
B4 Moby Dick Written-By – Page*, Bonham*, Jones* 4:25
B5 Bring It On Home Written-By – Page*, Plant* 4:19
Manufactured By – Classic Records
Distributed By – Classic Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Atlantic Recording Corporation
Copyright (c) – Atlantic Recording Corporation
Licensed To – Classic Records, Inc.
Manufactured By – Classic Records, Inc.
Distributed By – Classic Records, Inc.
Artwork – David Juniper
Engineer – Andrew Johns*, Chris Huston, Edwin H. Kramer*, George Chkiantz
Executive-Producer – Peter Grant
Producer – Jimmy Page
Remastered By – BG*
Technician [Director Of Engineering] – Edwin H. Kramer*
© + ℗ Atlantic Recording Corporation. Broadway New York, New York. Manufactured and distributed under exclusive license to Classic Records Inc. Released in deluxe gatefold cover pressed on QUIEX SV-P 200 Gram Vinyl.
Matrix / Runout (A side): SD 8236-A BG
Matrix / Runout (B side): SD 8236-B BG
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