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led zeppelin led zeppelin_IIThe album that I chose for this week’s album of the week was inspired by the trailer for the new Thor: Ragnarok film which features the track The Immigrant Song. Now before you jump to any conclusions, I know that The Immigrant Song is not on Led Zeppelin II but rather on Led Zeppelin III. It’s just that you can’t review III before II considering we already reviewed one before. That is why for this week we are reviewing the band’s second album which was aptly titled with a II and it once again featured the classic and only line up that matters in Jimmy Page (Guitars), Robert Plant (Vocals), John Paul Jones (Bass), and John Bonham (Drums). The album was probably one of the most successful albums for the band and it helped them avoid the sophomore jinx as it went number one in seven countries that included the UK, United States, West Germany, Australia, Canada, Denmark, and Spain with three other top three finishes as well. The album has been certified platinum in the United States 12 times meaning that it has sold 12 million records (it went 4X platinum in the UK, 9X Platinum in Canada, etc.).

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin 2-Back1.Whole Lotta Love– One of the most popular and probably overplayed song on the radio from the band that is about what you think it’s about. Using the AABA formula, Jimmy came up with the track on his houseboat that sees the track go from a blues feel right into a free jazz like break complete with a theramin solo and a bad ass drum solo from Bonham as well. 5/5

2. What Is And What Should Never Be– One of the first tracks that Page recorded with a Gibson Les Paul that contains that cool effect where it pans back and forth on the channels. There is also a cool effect used on Plant’s vocals during the verses. It has that cool effect where it changes in tempo from a cool bluesy tune into a full on rock track. It’s also the first Zeppelin song that Plant received writing credit for in this track that is about a romance he had with his wife’s sister. 5/5

3. The Lemon Song– A very sexual bluesy track in nature, but the song was inspired by Howlin Wolf’s song Killing Floor (Both first verses are indentical). In fact in 1972, the band was sued by the handlers of Howlin Wolf to which they settled out of court and Howlin Wolf is given credit on the track. 4.5/5

4. Thank You– One of my favorite Led Zeppelin songs that was for the first time completely written by Plant. It was the track that showed Page that Plant could handle himself in the lyrics department. A very cool power ballad from the band that everyone should check out. 5/5

5. Heartbreaker– A bad ass bluesy rock track with huge balls is the best way I can describe this track because it has that feel to it. Page told Guitar World in 1998 once that, “The interesting thing about the guitar solo is that it was recorded after we had already finished “Heartbreaker” – it was an afterthought. That whole section was recorded in a different studio and it was sort of slotted in the middle. If you notice, the whole sound of the guitar is different.” 5/5

II6. Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman)– A cool hard rock track from the band that Page recorded with a Vox 12 string guitar and just to let you know, it’s Page’s least favorite song which is why it has never been played live. I definitely approve of the track. 4.5/5

7. Ramble On– If there was ever a track back in the day that made it cool to read The Lord Of The Rings, it was this track from the band. The song starts off with an acoustic feel which is just Page using regular open chords, but played a little higher on the fret board. It’s also a track that Jones and Bonham shined on showing how unique their relationship was in the band. 5/5

8. Moby Dick– For all the John Bonham lovers in the world, this is definitely your track as it was basically Jimmy Page recording all of Bonham’s jam sessions in the studio. The only thing is that in the beginning and the end, Page and Jones lead the way for him and end the track with him. 5/5

9. Bring It On Home– This is the last track on the record and it’s a cover of blues legend Sonny Boy Williamson II’s track that was written by Willie Dixon. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– It is almost the perfect album by the band and one that is considered to be one of the most influential rock albums of all time. Who in their right minds then did not want to be Led Zeppelin. The band’s sound which change however as they went for a more folkier sound with the next album. This is definitely must listen album for any fan off Zeppelin. I am going to give the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

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everybodyFor this week’s Album Of The Week, we are doing something a little different than we usually do and we are choosing to cover a soundtrack. Just like our review of The Guardians Of The Galaxy soundtrack, we are tackling another film, but not from a comic book movie. If you know director Richard Linklater, then you know that soundtrack have always been a huge part of his films that they are almost another character. One of the most legendary of his works is the 1994 film Dazed And Confused which boasted an amazing soundtrack that featured a lot of legendary 70’s classic rock. However, today we are covering the soundtrack to his latest film Everybody Wants Some!! which is the unofficial sequel to Dazed And Confused. The soundtrack boasts an eclectic mix of music from the likes of Blondie, Van Halen, The Cars, Hot Chocolate, and so much more. The soundtrack was released on all formats back in April of this year which includes a Cassette release. If you want to see the review of the film which I did for my 365 movies in 365 days challenge blog, then click here.

Paramount1. My Sharona by The Knack- It was The Knacks debut single and a song that was very representative of where New Wave punk was at in 1979. The lyrics are about a relationship the singer had with a 17 year old named Sharona . 4/5

2. Heart Of Glass by Blondie- a classic track from the new wave band which touched upon disco after a suggestion from the albums producer in a track about lost love/ 4/5

3. Take Your Time (Do It Right) by S.O.S. Band- a straight up post-disco track with a funky bass line that was a huge hit for the S.O.S. Band in the US. A lot of bands and musicians like Rick James adopted this sound in the early 80’s. 4/5

4. Heartbreaker by Pat Benatar- An unbelievable rocker from Pat Benatar with that driving riff that instantly made this a hard rock classic. It also introduced us to the brilliance of Neil Giraldo. 5/5

5. Alternative Ulster by Stiff Little Fingers- One of my least favorite tracks ont he album from Northern Ireland punk rock band Stiff Little Fingers. 2/5

6. Every 1’s a Winner by Hot Chocolate- They’re a disco band, but this track has one of the funkiest riffs on the album and a funky bass line. 5/5

maxresdefault (1)7. Everybody Wants Some!! by Van Halen- The hard rock classic from one of the best LA rock bands ever. You knew with a title for a film like Evetybody Wants Some!! that this was going to end up on here. 5/5

8. Let’s Get Serious by Jermaine Jackson- Jermaine should have gotten serious about his career as he attempted to have a career after The Jackson 5 with this disco track.  3/5

9.  Pop Muzik by M- M describes this interesting track saying, “I was looking to make a fusion of various styles which somehow would summarize the last 25 years of pop music. It was a deliberate point I was trying to make. Whereas rock and roll had created a generation gap, disco was bringing people together on an enormous scale. That’s why I really wanted to make a simple, bland statement, which was, ‘All we’re talking about basically (is) pop music.” 3/5

10. Because the Night by Patti Smith Group- One of my favorite tracks on the album that was originally written by Bruce Springsteen for an album of his, but he didn’t like his version. This song best represents where the 80’s scene would go (just look at Pat Benatar and so many others). 5/5

11. I Want You To Want Me (Live) by Cheap Trick- one of the best rock songs from rock and roll hall of famers Cheap Trick and this is the live version which helped sky rocket the band into the spotlight.Just listen to how amazing Robin Zander’s vocals are in this song. 5/5

12. Hand In Hand by Dire Straits- a cool ballad like track from Dire Straits on an album that showed the world that they had arrived. 4/5

13. Whip It by Devo- the new wave classic that is known world wide. It’s sadly the only song most people remember from them. 5/5

14. Romeo’s Tune by Steve Forbert- an cool pop track from folk singer Steve Forbert which was his biggest hit of his career. 4/5

15. Good Times Roll by The Cars- A quintessential mid-tempo rock song from the cool cats of Boston The Cars. A song that should be people’s motto more often these days. 5/5

16. Rapper’s Delight by The Sugarhill Gang- A song that is often attributed to being the first Hip Hop song that was introduced to the world. They even tell you that they are rapping in the track. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– The soundtrack isn’t as amazing as the first one, but it was very eclectic in the mix of genres and different type of music in the film. It definitely helps the film and it fits well with the content. There are a couple of tracks on here that I didn’t really like and it reflect in what I gave them for a grade individually, but don’t let that deter you because it is a great soundtrack. I am going to give the soundtrack 4.1 stars out of five for a final grade.