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!