Listen: Led Zeppelin II at 50: All Access

October 21, 2019

On October 22, 1969, Led Zeppelin released Led Zeppelin II, which served notice that they were a contender for the heavyweight crown of rock and roll.

This one-hour national radio special features interviews with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones in which they talk about recording this landmark album in studios around the U.S. and England while on tour. You'll hear beautiful new mixes and remastered classics like "Whole Lotta Love," "Ramble On," "What Is and What Should Never Be," as well as the previously unreleased "La La."

Led Zeppelin played their very first show in the United States on December 26, 1968 at the Denver Auditorium Arena opening for Vanilla Fudge and Spirit. Their debut album was released a few weeks later on January 12, 1969. By the end of that US tour in February, they had achieved headline status and announced their arrival as a force to be reckoned with. March & April were spent touring the U.K. and Europe while squishing in a recording session that started work on a second album.