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Houses Of The Holy Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 30 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Warner Music
  • ASIN: B000002J0B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 204 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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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