1st label features ‘The Lemon Song’ – a claim of plagiarism was levelled at Led Zeppelin and this song had to be renamed as ‘Killing Floor’ and credited to Chester Burnett (aka ‘Howling Wolf’) – see label 2 below. Note the error on side 2 label above – song 2 is erroneously named as ‘Living Loving Wreck (She’s A Woman)’.
Original sleeve is lighter brown in colour. Sleeve credit was never changed from ‘The Lemon Song’.
Also, note the copyright information has now been listed as Warner Bros and Jewel Music whereas the first label just states ‘Copyright control’.
2nd label now credits ‘Produced by Jimmy Page’ in the orange segment below ‘Led Zeppelin II’ (first label design has the credit in the plum segment).
The first reissue (c. 1972) on orange and green label is on the left (above). Note the copyright statement is contained within the orange segment. The second reissue (above right) has a ‘W’ logo at the end of the statement and it also runs through the white band into the green. Different label type design too. 3rd reissue from 1979 has “Manufactured in the UK’ and new style font for ‘STEREO’ and ‘ONE’. Publishing has reverted back to Warner Bros. Music (as per 1st reissue) instead of Kinney Music on the 2nd reissue. “The Lemon Song” is also reinstated (credited to Burnett) whereas the 2nd reissue has “Killing Floor”, again as per the 1st reissue.
Reissue sleeve for both K40037 versions above on orange and green labels is much darker brown than original sleeve design (top of page).
Note the differences on the inner sleeve below between the original red/plum sleeve, the first green/orange reissue and the second green/orange reissue:
Note the differences in the distribution credits, removal of the Polydor Records manufacturing credit, changes to the printer’s credit and the fairly ham-fisted over-pasting of new artwork on both sleeves.