The lyrics were taken directly from Willie Dixon 's " You Need Love ", which led to the group being sued for plagiarism, eventually settling out of court. The song was edited down to a single in the US, where it became a top 5 hit. In the UK, a single release was cancelled; the group never issued any singles there during their active career together. It was the closing number of their live shows between andoften extended to incorporate a rock'n'roll medley towards the end of the set.
A different arrangement of the song was played for the Knebworth Fayre concerts in It was the last song the group ever performed live with Bonham, on 7 July It features a variety of dynamics during the track, along with flanged vocals and wide-panned stereo guitars. It was mostly recorded live and expanded to include new lyrics, including the sexually-charged phrase "squeeze my lemon" which was borrowed from Robert Johnson 's " Travelling Riverside Blues ", which the band had played for the BBC radio show Top Gear broadcast on 29 June Page played twelve-string guitar and Jones played Hammond organ on the track.
It quickly became a live favourite, being performed regularly from October onwards, and throughout the group's career. The group disliked the track, considering it to be little more than filler, and consequently it was never played live by the group. Plant performed the track live on his solo tour. The lyrics were inspired by J. Tolkienand similar themes appeared on subsequent Led Zeppelin albums. The track made good use of dynamics, moving from a quiet acoustic guitar in the opening, to a variety of overdubbed electric guitars towards the end.
It was originally called "Pat's Delight" after his wife and features a variety of drums and percussive instruments played with bare hands as well as drumsticks. It was a regular part of Led Zeppelin's live show, developing to include additional percussion Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin - BBC Sessions (Cassette electronic drums.
Led Zeppelin's arrangement includes a faster middle section in addition to the straightforward blues structure of the original. It was played live regularly throughout late and The album sleeve design was from a poster by David Juniper, who was simply told by the band to come up with an interesting idea.
Juniper replaced four of the flyers' heads with photos of the band members, added facial hair and sunglasses to some of the flyers' faces or replaced some with the faces of other people. The cover also pictured the outline of Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin - BBC Sessions (Cassette Zeppelin on a brown background similar to the cover of the band's first albumwhich gave the album its nickname "Brown Bomber".
The album was released on 22 October on Atlantic Recordswith advance orders ofcopies. This song reached No. The album helped establish Led Zeppelin as an international concert attraction, and for the next year, the group continued Album) tour relentlessly, initially performing in clubs and ballrooms, then in larger auditoriums and eventually stadiums as their popularity grew. Critical reaction to Led Album) II was not positive initially.
John Mendelsohn wrote a negative review of the record for Rolling Stonein which he mocked the group's heavy sound and white blues, while writing that "until you've listened to the album eight hundred times, as I have, it seems as if it's just one especially heavy song extended over the space of two whole sides".
This trademark has only emerged clearly on the second album, and more and more I am coming to understand it as an artistic triumph. Led Zeppelin II has since been regarded as the quintessential heavy metal album. Lyrics are there of course, but as an integral part of the music, a music better appropriated tactilely, through incoherent sensation, than intellectually, literarily. The album was described as a "brilliant if heavy-handed blues-rock offensive", by popular music scholar Ronald Zalkind.
Since its initial critical reception, Led Zeppelin II has earned several accolades from music publications, frequently ranked on critics' "best album" lists. Along with the group's self-titled debut album and their third album, Led Zeppelin IIIthe album was remastered and reissued on 2 June The deluxe and super deluxe editions feature bonus material containing alternative takes, backing tracks and the previously Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin - BBC Sessions (Cassette instrumental, "La La".
The reissue was met with widespread critical acclaim. At Metacriticwhich assigns a normalized rating out of to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 95, based on 10 reviews.
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Retrieved 14 June Archived from the original on 19 August Countless bootlegs of these recordings circulated for years before the official release. This release was widely welcomed by Led Zeppelin fans as it was the first live release since The Song Remains the Same in Others have criticized the decision to edit some of the songs and drop others that were recorded for the BBC.
Most notable are one session from which included the unreleased song "Sunshine Woman", and about seven minutes of the " Whole Lotta Love " medley from The lost March three-song session — by all accounts erased from its master tapes — appears on the disc sourced from a reputed AM radio recording. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Led Zeppelin. London: Omnibus Press.
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