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This month sees the 40th anniversary of the release of Led Zeppelin 2. TBL

will be marking the event with special features on the TBL web site and in the next TBL magazine. To that end we would welcome your input and thoughts on this iconic album 40 years on. Can you recall when you first heard the album? Where did you buy it? How do you think it stands up four decades on? Do you have a rare Zep 2 pressing in your collection? What is your ideal Zep 2 related playlist? What would you consider to be the all time best live performances of the nine tracks on the album? Which version sounds best – vinyl, CD remaster, box set pressing etc? We want to know. So search out your copy of the brown bomber today and re discover the album that shaped the whole fabric of modern rock music. Then get your thoughts down and email them to

This feedback will be collated and featured on the site and in the next TBL magazine.

October is Led Zeppelin 2 month here at TBL – join us to celebrate the album that established Led Zeppelin as the most important band in the world.

*The US radio programme In The Studio airs a Zep special on October 12th to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of Led Zeppelin 2.

The show, In The Studio, is a weekly hour-long documentary featuring in-depth exclusive interviews with the musicians who have created the greatest albums in rock and roll history. Now in it’s 21st year, In The Studio is syndicated each week to over 85 U.S. cities and distributed by Radio K&G of New York City. The show is hosted by professional radio broadcaster and rock musician interviewer Redbeard.

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  • John Jenkins said:

    Re: Ian Andrews.

    I suggest you avoid listening to The Small Faces Song – You Need Loving. Not only did Zeppelin pinch it note for note and word for word, but the sneezing bit is in there too.

    Thank You would be my personal favourite from the album but the 1971 tour versions of What Is and What Should Never Be were simply awesome. I’ll go for Thursday September 23rd 1971 at The Budokan Hall as my favourite with the crowd clap-along almost drowning out the band. The California versions a few weeks earlier are very good, but the Japanese show just nicks it. To me, that song is the one that had the biggest leap forward from it’s album status to live showpiece. It really does come alive.

  • Thomas Graham said:


    Received my Knebworth book the other day. Loved it! Especially the part where you signed. Thanks for keeping the Zep alive! Especially for us across the pond!

    Thomas Graham
    Norton, MA USA

  • Greggy B said:

    I grew up with the songs in the 70s, but didn’t buy it till 1979. Lots of great songs here, but it’s really Ramble On which shows that Zep is going to be something a whole lot different. At the end of the day, from the first two albums, Ramble On is the one which leaves the strongest lasting impression on me.

  • Ian Andrews said:

    Three people at different times have said to me during Whole Lotta Love’s middle bit “He’s going to sneeze.” It’s never been the same since. If I’ve just planted that thought in your head, I’m sorry. For similar reasons I won’t mention the squeaky bass drum pedal in Since I’ve Been Loving You.

    If Phys Graf was a single album, LZ2 would be my favourite!

  • Chris Wright said:

    Led Zep 2 was the first Zeppelin album I ever owned and, as such, holds a very special place in my heart. That gatefold sleeve, while not perhaps their greatest bit of artwork, always transports me back to a time of dubious mid-70’s budget turntable quality that could do little to disguise the power and the glory of Whole Lotta Love, the Tolkenian whimsy of Ramble On, the bluesy crunch of Heartbreaker and the Bonzo-driven brilliance of Moby Dick, to name but four. Considering it was recorded on the road, it still has a very coherent feel and, of course, sounds better than it ever did on today’s equipment, assisted by Jimmy’s 1990 remasters. And, by the way, isn’t it high time for another Zep catalogue remastering?, in the same manner as the recent Beatles reissues, given that digital technology is in another league these days!
    Whatever, the Brown Bomber is as timeless an album as any in the Zep canon.

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