Released on this day in 1969: Led Zeppelin, II.
If there's one band that I think all members play an equal role, it's got to be Led Zeppelin, and it's especially the case on this album.
Put this record on and listen to it closely. On the surface, Page's guitar and Plant's vocals are what stand out the most, but the more you listen to each of the tracks, the more you hear the important roles Bonham and Jones played on drums and bass to complete that classic Led Zeppelin sound.
The album's opener 'Whole Lotta Love' is easily their signature track (tied with Stairway), and again - all four members contribute equally to the sound. Yes, that riff is so iconic, and the vocals are killer, but listen carefully to Bonham's drumming on here, it's non-stop, especially on the second half of the track.
The rest of 'II' doesn't disappoint either... The Lemon Song, Thank You, Heartbreaker, Ramble On - this is without a doubt my favourite LZ album.
Musically, the record features the band's trademark raw sound, and to me, I think it's their last true blues/rock album.
Led Zeppelin II was an immediate success, skyrocketing the band to superstardom. It knocked Abbey Road off the top off the charts, and became one of the most influential albums in rock music history.
This is my Dad's original press from 1969 - still plays beautifully!