I've been looking for albums I consider all fives. One of them is rock legend's 'II.' Led Zeppelin, a contender against the more prolific and modest 'The Who', were loud, raw, and action packed. This is the album that delves into this description.
The sequel to 'I', 'II' picks up right where their previous debut left off. Songs like 'Ramble On', where the fine, catchy rhythm blasts into the hard paced, loud mouthed Robert Plant are so rocking, you can't stop and think, 'Man, these guys still freakin' rock.' 'Heartbreaker' is another fine example of fine tuning. With the infamous scale that is one of rock's greatest hooks, the song really has you headbanging as if it's raw power is something new.
The album has it's moments and it has it's shines. 'Moby Dick' is one of them, but in essence, this is definitely not a studio song. If you want the real deal, buy 'How the West Was Won' and you'll understand. Nevertheless, it's still killer. 'What It Is and What Should Never Be' is such a fine example of different sounds, it's worth the price of the album alone. Along with the overdone, but still medium rare 'Whole Lotta Love', Led Zeppelin 'II' is one of those albums where every song is great and every song can be played over and over...on the same listen.
This sits proudly next to 'Tommy', 'Out of Our Heads', 'The Doors', etc in my vinyl collection. On CD, this rests kindly on my dashboard and I'll always put it in. 'II' is better than 'I' in my opinion, and I think you might see it that way as well.