The Epic 2017 Project #153: 170602
Led Zeppelin – II (1969)
Led Zeppelin’s second album followed hot on the heels of the first, its release coming just six months after Led Zeppelin I in October 1969 on Atlantic Records. Recording sessions for the album took place at several locations in both the United Kingdom and North America from January to August 1969. The album’s production was by Jimmy Page but it was Led Zeppelin’s first album to utilise the recording techniques of the engineer Eddie Kramer. Incorporating several elements of blues and folk music, Led Zeppelin II exhibits the band’s evolving musical style of blues-derived material and their guitar riff-based sound. It’s has been described as the band’s heaviest album but I’d question that in the light of Physical Graffiti (see Epic #157 coming on 6 June).
Led Zeppelin II was an immediate commercial success, and was the band’s first album to reach number one on charts in the UK and the US. In 1970, the album’s cover designer David Juniper was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Recording Package. And on 15 November 1999, the album was certified 12× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales passing 12 million copies. Since its release, various writers and music critics have regularly cited Led Zeppelin II as one of the greatest and most influential rock albums of all time.
The Jemtunes ‘Epic 2017 Project’ parts 152 through 161 feature all nine Led Zeppelin albums.