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Houses Of The Holy [Original recording remastered]

Led Zeppelin Audio CD
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1. The Song Remains The Same
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5. Dancing Days
6. D'yer Mak'er
7. No Quarter
8. The Ocean

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Buoyed by the runaway commercial success of Led Zeppelin IV, Jimmy Page used this 1973 follow-up to hone his already impressive production skills, and the result was a collection sporting an impressively expansive sound. Benefiting--especially on tracks such as "Dancing Days Are Here Again", "The Crunge" and "Over the Hills and Far Away"--was Zeppelin's always underrated rhythm section: thunder-fisted drummer John Bonham and rock-solid bassist John Paul Jones. Jones also emerged here as a secret weapon on keyboards with his subtle work on more pensive fare such as "No Quarter" and "The Ocean". And the goofy "D'yer Ma'ker" showed that Zeppelin had more of a sense of humour than most people ever gave them credit for. --Billy Altman

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Led Zeppelin ~ Houses Of The Holy

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Their Best Albums July 2 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is definately one of the best albums of the best band in history. There are no bad songs, and every song is very cool in its own different way.
1. The Song Remains The Same - 4/5: Some people love this hard rock song, but I personally find it rather boring. The guitar riff is kind of boring, and the song just isn't really that great compared to the rest.
2. The Rain Song - 4/5: This is a very good Led Zeppelin song. This song is a very beautiful ballad, and even though it isn't really my type of Zep song, it is still very good.
3. Over The Hills And Far Away - 5/5: Definately one of Led Zeppelin's best songs. It starts off as a quiet acoustic song and works its way into a hard rocker.
4. The Crunge - 4.5/5: A very unusual Zeppelin song, it is basically a parody of James Brown. It's quite entertaining and I especially like the end.
5. Dancing Days 4.5/5: A very hard rocking song, even for Led Zeppelin. It is quite good and I find it much more interesting than the first number.
6. D'yer Mak'er - 5/5: This is another very unusual Led Zeppelin song. It is a sort of rock/reggae fusion and is basically a parody of 50's rock. Despite its oddness, it is still very good.
7. No Quarter - 5/5: Despite what many of people say, this is a very good song, quite possibly my favourite Led Zeppelin song. It is a sort of blues/prog-rock fusion and sounds somewhat like Pink Floyd. It is a very eerie song with an excellent guitar riff from Jimmy Page.
8. The Ocean - 5/5: A straight up rocker, this song is very good. In league with other classics such as Black Dog and Rock And Roll, it is definately one of the best Led Zeppelin rockers.
This is definately a very good album from a very good band. Along with Led Zeppelin IV, this is probably my favourite album of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zep's creative climax... March 18 2007
Format:Audio CD
Following up on "Led Zeppelin IV" would defiantly be a hard task, but in my mind they not only matched the quality of "IV" with "Houses of the Holy", but they surpassed it also. Jimmy's album production is brilliant, the many layers and texture's of sounds create a very full but not overblown feel. Plant's vocal range's would never shine like they did here again, John Paul Jones score's his most memorable Zep moment with "No Quarter", and Bonzo is consistent throughout.

"The Song Remains The Same" kicks the album off in full gear, but it's certainly not the finest moment on "Houses of the Holy". The track is a fastly paced with lot's of overdubbed guitars. An essential track to the album, but again, not the best.

The album follows with the melodic and rather romantic, "The Rain Song". This one of Zeppelin's most beautiful and underrated piece's of music, I feel as though Im running down the beach's of Mexico while listening to this one. Great acoustic guitars, dreamy vocals, check it out.

Track 3, "Over the hills and far away", contains one of zeppelin's best riffs. It's got a slow acoustic start (worth listening to by the way) and 1:25 in kicks into the crunching and catchy riff. Robert Plant's signature howl is in full form on this one adding to the great feel the song delivers.

"The Crunge" is next. This is definatly the worst of the 8 tracks, and I feel the album could have easily survived without it, but nevertheless, the beat is good and it might grow on you. Zep may have try'd to hard for that funk sound on this one.

Next up is "Dancing Days" which put's the album right back into A+ form. It's got a very interesting riff sound and is probably the catchiest number on the album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great album. Sept. 20 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
How do you review a classic album? Sure Houses of the Holy got it's share of brickbats when it came out, but almost 40 years later there is no one left to pan it. These guys loved music, loved thinking and letting their creativity out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Has It's Moments But Overall Disappointing April 20 2013
By JKH
Format:Audio CD
When HotH was released in 1973, us Led Zeppelin fans had been waiting well over a WHOLE YEAR for this record. Which seems hilarious now but back then nobody went 16 months between albums. Needless to say, the anticipation was huge, as Zeppelin's previous release was an absolute blockbusting classic that is one of the best albums in rock history. However 'Houses of the Holy' falls short of that. The opening bars of 'Song Remains the Same' are high energy and very promising, then they suddenly and inexplicably slow the pace. Weird. Also what is noticeable is Jimmy Page's very thin sounding guitar tone. Quite different than the solid power tone from the first four albums. Looking at it in hindsight, I wonder if Page was using drugs at this time. To me, the songs are uneven and don't have the same continuous dynamic quality of Zeppelin I, II, and IV (III is a bit weird). Led Zeppelin started getting into reggae and funk with on this album which to me is a real turn-off, and shows they were running out of blues-based inspiration. 'No Quarter' was probably meant to be heard while stoned. Despite being disappointed in HotH I did attend a Zeppelin concert on their tour of '73 and they put on an amazing show. Oh man, that is 40 years ago!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Jan. 25 2013
By Langer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A very different direction for this legendary band. Contains a couple of very tongue-in-cheek tunes and some truly classic rockers
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Zeppelin albums...
This is one of my favorite Led Zeppelin CDs of all time. "The Song Remains the Same", "The Rain Song", "Over the Hills..." are my favorites by far. The Song... Read more
Published on March 11 2012 by Emily
5.0 out of 5 stars My Personal Favourite
I just have to say that as a whole album this one ranks as number 1 for me. I love everything Led Zep put out, perhaps leaning a bit towards everything up till this album as my... Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2011 by Kwazy Wabbit
4.0 out of 5 stars "Singning In The Sunshine,Laughing In The Rain"
In 1973 Led Zeppelin released their fifth album "House Of The Holy" and the first of all their albums to have a proper title instead of a number like their previous albums. Read more
Published on Dec 16 2007 by Tommy Sixx Morais
1.0 out of 5 stars painstakingly boring to listen to
this cd has not one good song but zero! none are good, even the one ones. led zeppelin might be the worst band in history but this is the worst cd in history regardless. Read more
Published on July 23 2005
1.0 out of 5 stars One star
This CD just not good. Man who sing songs look a like a man and sound like woman, like woman feeling painful too much, guitar player use guitar that sound cheap, just loud and... Read more
Published on July 17 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars To music fan from Houston
Ok, ok I not review this CD again. I just try and warn people before they spend their good earned money on strange CD. Maybe they be sorry they buy it! Read more
Published on July 15 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey...Music fan form Chicago!
Music fan form Chicago shows the intelligence level (or lack there of) of your typical Madonna / Britney Spears fan. Do us all favor ...never write another review ever again. Read more
Published on July 13 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A softer side of Led Zeppelin
I was initially disappointed when I first listened to this album. It was softer and more acoustic than Zoso or Led Zeppelin II. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by Led Zep Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars an underrated led zep classic
houses of the holy was the fifth led zep album which followed the massively succesful fourth album and though it was good but it could not match up to the greatness of its... Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by sanjay verma99
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