Led Zeppelin II Turns 50

 

Released on October 22, 1969 Led Zeppelin II is no doubt one of Led Zeppelin's greatest, but one of the most influential albums in rock history. Many rock critics cite it as a blueprint for heavy metal.  What makes Led Zeppelin II swing is the blend of heavy AND raunchy - thanks to a heavy influence of Delta and Chicago blues.  Led Zeppelin II went on to sell 3 million copies within the first six months, taking the Number One spot from the Beatles' Abbey Road in December of 1969. The single "Whole Lotta Love" hit Number Four in the U.S. in January 1970 setting the table for things to come. Robert Plant famously told Rolling Stone magazine "Our whole lives changed, It was such a sudden change we weren't sure how to handle it."

If you haven't listened to Led Zeppelin II in a while well then, revisit some videos from the masterpiece below...

 
 
 
 
 

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