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Houses Of The Holy [Original recording remastered]

Led Zeppelin Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
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1. The Song Remains The Same
2. The Rain Song
3. Over The Hills And Far Away
4. The Crunge
5. Dancing Days
6. D'yer Mak'er
7. No Quarter
8. The Ocean

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One of the most varied Led Zep albums, and, not coincidentally, one of their finest, with the gentle Rain Song and humorous D'yer Mak'er balancing off the crushing Dancing Days and No Quarter . From 1973.

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ALBUM!!!!! June 14 2004
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Format:Audio CD
I have to admit that when I first bought this album, I had my doubts. Even Led Heads like me have to admit that there's an inconsistancy to this album that makes it seem weak, but the more I listened to it, the more I liked it. I mean it's not Zeppelin's best work but it's still a five out of five. Something you half to credit this album with is that it's very diverse. Certain tracks stick to their classic sound like "The Song Remains the Same", "Over the Hills and Far Away", and "The Ocean". "The Crunge" has a funk influence that nobody expected. "D'yer Mak'er" has a 50's doo-wop feel. "Dancing Days" is more or less a country song. "The Rain Song" is a slow masterpiece that mixes string instruments into itself, and "No Quarter" is the song that layed the track for what would become become grunge. You really have to credit Led Zeppelin for, after the huge success of the symbol album to not try to make the excact same thing. All in all, I'd give Led Zeppelin's most experimental album a 5 out of 5.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Zeppelin album June 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
Led Zeppelin's fifth album Houses of the Holy was released in March of 1973. By this time Led Zeppelin had managed to build up a huge following of fans - and a damn good musical sound, as well. Their four albums to date were nothing short of excellent, but the band was only getting started. Lead singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bass player and keyboardist John Paul Jones and the late great John Bonham on drums were some of the greatest musicians ever and what they created together will live through the ages. With Houses Of The Holy, the band scored another #1 album and another monster seller. The Song Remains The Same is a killer opening track which notes you are in for one Hell of a ride as I was when I first got this album on cassette for Christmas in 1985 when I was just 9(no lie). We slow down a bit for The Rain Song which is a great piece. Over The Hills And Far Away is next and starts as another slow tune but turns into a full out rocker. The funky James Brown sounding The Crunge ends the first half. The fun rocker Dancing Days picks up where the end of the first half left off and is a great rocker with some Middle East sounding guitar. The Top 20 hit D'yer Mak'er is a pun on the word Jamaica and was supposed to be a reggae number but turned out to be a parody of early 50s rock and roll. The haunting No Quarter follows and showcases John Paul's keyboard work. The Ocean closes this album out in a grand matter and is still a kick-ass rocker. All of the tracks still receive a good amount of radio play on a regular basis, and with good reason - these songs ROCK. If you're new to the band, start with either this and Led Zeppelin IV or, if you've got the extra cash, get The Complete Studio Recordings box set (The set containing all nine studio efforts). Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars diverse zep May 24 2004
Format:Audio CD
this is a very diverse album that shows different aspects of Led Zeppelin. there's prog zeppelin (The Song Remains the Same, No Quarter). No Quarter is certainly more dark side-era floydian with it' somewhat psychadelic feel and excellent use of keyboards (curtesy of Jones). awesome fuzz guitar by page, some eerie distorted vocals by Plant, and excellent drumming by Bonham. Bonham was cool cause he knew there was a time and a place to go crazy. this song's closest lyrical cousin is The Immagrant Song. it's a song with cold and dark and dreary imagry on an otherwise spring/summer feeling album. there's acoutic-electric folky zeppelin (Over the Hills and Far Away), there's pop zeppelin (Dancing Days, D'yer Mak'er). the latter is an unusual mix of 50s pop and reggae, but done in LZ style. there's the obligitory hard rock song, The Ocean, which is truly awesome and an excellent closer. this album is bookended by two rocking songs which are about singing. The Ocean also has probably one of the greatest guitar riffs. this album contain's one of led zeppelin's finest ballads, or possibly their finest, The Rain Song. truly beautiful with the lyrics, acoustic guitar, vocals, and pseudo strings. this beautiful song wouldn't have been made if harrison hadn't made the challenge. they accepted it and stuck it up his ass. The Crunge shows a funky, humorous side of zeppelin. apparently this must of been inspired by james brown's Sex Machine. this is especially evident with the part about the bridge. although the title track was held off of this album, only to appear on physical grafiti, i am not bothered. for even though that track would've felt right at home on this LP, it felt even more at home on PG and was counted among the legendary tracks on that paricular album. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great album.
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. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sherif Laoun
3.0 out of 5 stars Has It's Moments But Overall Disappointing
When HotH was released in 1973, us Led Zeppelin fans had been waiting well over a WHOLE YEAR for this record. Read more
Published 18 months ago by JKH
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
A very different direction for this legendary band. Contains a couple of very tongue-in-cheek tunes and some truly classic rockers
Published 21 months ago by Langer
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 Skylar
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
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