Led Zeppelin | 5 Songs To Summarize The Album “Led Zeppelin II”
Led Zeppelin II album cover - Led Zeppelin / Youtube
Recording Led Zeppelin’s sophomore release was quite a challenging task as opposed to their debut album, as it’s worth noting that the tracks were recorded over various North American studious, which is quite a feat considering the tight sonic consistency of the album. Here, we see the band slowly hitting its musical maturity – as well as the obvious changes happening with Robert Plant’s voice.
“Whole Lotta Love”
Opening the album is “Whole Lotta Love”, the band not even trying to hide the sexual references in the lyrics. Coming from a live impromptu jam that borrowed lyrical inspiration from Muddy Waters’ “You Need Love”, the track is seethingly sexy blues-rock with bits of psychedelia in between.
“What Is And What Should Never Be”
Showcasing the individual strengths of the members is the track “What Is And What Should Never Be”. Providing a flourish of contrast between restraint and dynamics, the song makes use of jazz to rock transition that works great to build the mood.
“The Lemon Song”
Blues juice is overflowing with “The Lemon Song”, taking various influences like Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, and Albert King into an unprecedented composition that showed their peak creativity. John Paul Jones is exceptional on this track, his funk-infused runs becoming a thing of spectacle for listeners old and new.
Starting off with an acoustic track, “Ramble On” immediately clings to the listener with its upbeat vibe and energy while streaming J.R.R. Tolkien inspired lyrics. Vocals are top-notch in this as Plant coaxes you into their own voyage, while Jones’ playful bass line is a thing of beauty.
The track made synonymous with John Bonham’s titanic drumming, “Moby Dick” became the platform on which his live playing truly shone.