Led Zeppelin - II

Led Zeppelin: II

Album #85 - October 1969

Episode date - May 30, 2018

The Top 500 of The Top 40

    More than any other musical act, Led Zeppelin represented the stark difference between AM and FM radio in the late ‘60s.

    Most artists still paid at least a cursory nod to AM radio by allowing one or two album tracks to be pressed as 45 RPM singles. Led Zeppelin steadfastly refused to release singles in their native England, although the American market (and others around the world) would not allow such a campaign. Despite the pushback, Led Zeppelin became one of the most popular bands on FM, taking advantage of the clear stereo signal to convey the monstrous strength of their recordings.

    After suffering years of abuse from British teenagers, the blues finally succumbed to the aural blast of Led Zeppelin. Every aspect of American blues music was amplified and exaggerated to a point that so exceeded the ridiculous that the perceived end result was sublime. As the ‘60s ended, music fans all around the world would cite Led Zeppelin as leading arbiters of blues music, thus completing the pattern that began in modest London basement clubs, eventually growing into something as impossibly heavy as a lead zeppelin.

    Featured tracks are;

    Whole Lotta Love

    What Is and What Never Should Be

    The Lemon Song

    Thank You


    Living Loving Maid

    Ramble On

    Moby Dick

    Bring It On Home

    October 1969 - Billboard Charted #1

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