Led Zeppelin ‎– Led Zeppelin II

Atlantic ‎– SD 8236
Vinyl, LP, Album, RL Cut, Terre Haute Press, Gatefold

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A1 Whole Lotta Love
Written-By – Jimmy Page, John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant
A2 What Is And What Should Never Be
Written-By – Jimmy Page, Robert Plant
A3 The Lemon Song
Written-By – Jimmy Page, John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant
A4 Thank You
Written-By – Jimmy Page, Robert Plant
B1 Heartbreaker
Written-By – Jimmy Page, John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant
B2 Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman)
Written-By – Jimmy Page, Robert Plant
B3 Ramble On
Written-By – Jimmy Page, Robert Plant
B4 Moby Dick
Written-By – Jimmy Page, John Bonham, John Paul Jones
B5 Bring It On Home
Written-By – Jimmy Page, Robert Plant

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Label variation and Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Terre Haute press.

First press information...

If this doesn't have "SS RL" etched in the run-outs then it is a repress - remastered at Atlantic, rather than Sterling Sound.
Around 200,000ish pressings were done of Robert Ludwig's 'high mix' which, like Hendrix's 'Ladyland' 1st masters, caused some poor-quality phonograph needles to 'skip'. Thus, a repress ordered by Ertegün at Atlantic.

Click here for the "CTH" suffix repress version without the "SS RL" etchings.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Label): ST-A-691671 CTH
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Label): ST-A-691672 CTH
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A [Variant 3]): ST-A-69171-1A C1 RL SS oT2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B [Variant 3]): ST-A-69172-1A A1 RL SS TI o
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Etching [Variant 1]): T ST-A-691671
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Etching [Variant 1]): T ST-A-691672
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Etching [Variant 2]): T ST-A-691671-1A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Etching [Variant 2]): T ST-A-691672-1A B 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Area A and B Side): RL SS
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
588198, 588 198 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II(LP, Album, M/Print, Wre) Atlantic, Atlantic 588198, 588 198 UK 1969 Sell This Version
K 40037 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Atlantic K 40037 UK 1974 Sell This Version
20P2-2024 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II(CD, Album, RE, RP) Atlantic, EastWest Japan 20P2-2024 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
8236 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II(LP, Album, Mono, Promo, CSG) Atlantic 8236 US 1969 Sell This Version
LM-2332 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II(LP, Album, Unofficial) Liming Record LM-2332 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version


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December 4, 2016
The pressing and mastering is nice, but I prefer the new ones done by Page.


September 4, 2016
Heard Paul Cavalcante discussing this on WFUV NY last night and then found this fascinating article. I now realize my copy is an RL version. ST-A-691671 on side 1, and ST-A-691672 on side 2. Just RL on side 1, but RL plus SS on side 2. LH is on both sides. Side 2 has the narrow run-out and the cover has a round "Promotional Copy Not for Sale" sticker, as I worked in radio at the time it came out and got my own copy. Fun knowing it's an unusual version. It does sound fantastic!


July 17, 2016
I wrote Robert Ludwig in the last week and he wrote me back. All the versions from sterling are the same hot mix. The subtle variances between them are all simply from the slight differences in making a hand-made analog lacquer disc, at least one of which was sent to all the pressing plants at the time. The CTH plant got a lacquer that was half RL and half LH (Lee Hulko, his partner) but was of the SAME MIX AND MASTER, based on RL's notes. THEY ARE ALL THE SAME, aside from subtle variances and should be valued the SAME no matter who's initials are in the dead wax. They are all the same master from STERLING SOUND! Here is my reply from Robert Ludwig. Let this be the final word in this debate. Thanks!
Hi Jim,
I'm surprised about Lee Hulko's initials being on some of the parts. In all these years I had never come across any copies with his initials before.
When there were big orders of certain titles and there wasn't physically enough time for one person to crank out the lacquers as fast as the record company wanted, sometimes we would help each other out.
For instance, my initials might appear on a Beatles record that Lee mastered.
In every case, compared to now, those titles were relatively easy to master. Once one of us mastered an album and it was approved, we made careful notes, either one of us could cut it and it should come out the same. Back then, Lee and I shared the one room and worked different hours so it is possible one of the plants blew a part and needed a replacement right then with no delay.
So after I mastered the album (which Eddie Kramer & Atlantic approved) it was shipped to all the radio stations and the initial pressing was all from me and Sterling Sound.
Amhet Ertegun at Atlantic heard the album (which Eddie demanded be as hot as possible) and apparently it skipped on his daughters little turntable. Instead of calling us at Sterling and asking us to lower the level a little and telling us where it skipped, they had the disk cutters at Atlantic use my EQ'd cassette file copy and they cut it WAY lower than my original cut plus, in my opinion, it sounded dull and generally not very good sounding in comparison.
So all the disks that were played at the radio stations and all the initial pressings world wide came from me (and apparently Lee cut a part or two) and that was what "sold" the record and made it a hit. A year later, whenever I visited someone I would look at their Zeppelin II album to see if it was my cut or Atlantic's cut. It was easy to see by eye, the Atlantic cut ended much farther from the label and the grooves to the naked eye looked very conservative.
I still got to Master "Houses of the Holy" later on, no skipping problems with that as far as I know!
I hope this clears this up for you.
All my best,
Bob Ludwig
Gateway Mastering Studios Inc
428 Cumberland Ave
Portland Maine 04101
207 828 9400


October 16, 2015

Just received Led Zeppelin II SS RL etched both sides in NM- condition vinyl! Maybe one of the best sounding albums I've ever heard. Sound-wise It bests every other copy I have ever heard Including Japanese, Audiophile, UK, and domestic pressings by a wide margin. If you see It listed grab It. It's worth every penny paid even In G+ condition.


March 25, 2015
I purchased the Deluxe Led Zepellin II with companion album. Both albums are a skate board and no one wants to reply to my emails or inquiries. Even though I play records on a 1967 tubed record changer with a Voice of Music player, these are the only 2 albums that skate of what I own.


January 28, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
I thought the matrixes looked doctored but they are not.


August 31, 2013

What if I have the version with "RL SS" on Side One and "SS LH" on Side Two? Where do I find that pressing on Discogs?