- An incredible copy of Zep II with killer sound from start to finish – this one is guaranteed to rock your world like no other!
- The surfaces are mostly audible between tracks and in the quietest sections, and no Inner Groove Damage (which is almost always present on “Thank You”)
- The sound is freakishly good – we created a Top Ten list just to put this album on it
- Years ago we gave up on everything but these killer RL (and SS) pressings, because nothing else can hold a candle to them
- With copies selling for $1000+ on ebay, sometimes $3000+, we’re forced to pay big bucks for Zep II these days, but if any album is worth it, it’s this one
- This is a Must Own Zep Classic from 1969 that belongs in every right-thinking audiophile’s collection
- It’s our pick for the band’s best sounding album. Roughly 100 other listings for the Best by an Artist or Group can be found here.
At least 80% of the copies we buy these days — for many, many hundreds of dollars each I might add, more than a grand on occasion — go right back to the seller. The biggest problem we run into besides obvious scratches that play and worn out grooves is easy to spot: just play the song “Thank You” at the end of side one. Most of the time there is inner groove damage so bad that the track becomes virtually unlistenable.
It’s become a common dealbreaker for the records we buy on the internet. We get them in, we play that track, we hear it distort and we pack the record up and send it back to the seller.
[This was true ten years ago, but we have since found better sources for our copies. The sellers we tend to buy from know not to send us groove-damaged, scratched copies. Something closer to 20% get returned now.]
But this copy plays clean all the way to the end on both sides — assuming you have a highly-tweaked, high-performance front end of course.