Jimmy Page took to his social media platforms to salute the 51st anniversary this week of 1969's Led Zeppelin II. Page, who also produced the album, posted: "It began with rehearsals at my home in Pangbourne and 'Whole Lotta Love' and 'What Is And What Should Never Be' were later recorded at London's Olympic Studio Number 1 with George Chkiantz, who engineered the basic tracks and some guitar overdubs. This provided the foundation for the rest of the tracks to be recorded and overdubbed at various studios in America during our forthcoming tour."
Page went on to write, "We recorded and overdubbed our way from West Coast to East Coast with tour-fuelled energy. I did the final mixes with Eddie Kramer at A&R studios in New York. The hedonistic mix of 'Whole Lotta Love' was to pioneer the radio success of the album."
Jimmy Page explained that the members of Led Zeppelin both found themselves and came into their own by joining forces: [“There is some, like, divine intervention at this point that must bring us all together, because John Bonham, for example, wasn’t even known down in London, he was only known locally; although I saw him play with Tim Rose in London. And he played, but he never had the chance to play drums like John Bonham was going to play in Led Zeppelin. And John Paul Jones — a fine session musician and he’d done some arranging — but he never had the chance to show what John Paul Jones could do until he was in Led Zeppelin. And the same with Robert Plant.”] SOUNDCUE (:31 OC: . . . with Robert Plant)
Led Zeppelin II was released on October 22nd 1969. The album featured such instant classics as "Whole Lotta Love," "What Is And What Should Never Be," "The Lemon Song," "Thank You," "Heartbreaker," "Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman)," "Ramble On," "Moby Dick," and "Bring It On Home."
Jimmy Page On Led Zeppelin Finding Themselves In The Band :