Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II (1969) {Deluxe Edition 2014} [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II (1969) {Deluxe Edition 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:14:19 minutes | 1,67 GB | Genre: Rock
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The second album in reissue companion audio fans the first peek into the band’s recording sessions, with alternate mixes of five songs from the album, backing tracks to “Thank You” and “Living Loving Maid (She s Just A Woman)”, and the previously unreleased track “La La”.

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.

01 – Whole Lotta Love
02 – What Is And What Should Never Be
03 – The Lemon Song
04 – Thank You
05 – Heartbreaker
06 – Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Woman)
07 – Ramble On
08 – Moby Dick
09 – Bring It On Home
10 – Whole Lotta Love (Rough Mix With Vocal)
11 – What Is And What Should Never Be (Rough Mix With Vocal)
12 – Thank You (Backing Track)
13 – Heartbreaker (Rough Mix With Vocal)
14 – Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Woman) (Backing Track)
15 – Ramble On (Rough Mix With Vocal)
16 – Moby Dick (Backing Track)
17 – La La (Intro,Outro Rough Mix)