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Houses of the Holy
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Houses of the Holy

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by Led Zeppelin
 

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Houses of the Holy follows the same basic pattern as Led Zeppelin IV, but the approach is looser and more relaxed. Jimmy Page's riffs rely on ringing, folky hooks as much as they do on thundering blues-rock, giving the album a lighter, more open atmosphere. While the pseudo-reggae of "D'Yer Mak'er" and the affectionate James

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Houses of the Holy follows the same basic pattern as Led Zeppelin IV, but the approach is looser and more relaxed. Jimmy Page's riffs rely on ringing, folky hooks as much as they do on thundering blues-rock, giving the album a lighter, more open atmosphere. While the pseudo-reggae of "D'Yer Mak'er" and the affectionate James Brown send-up "The Crunge" suggest that the band was searching for material, they actually contribute to the musical diversity of the album. "The Rain Song" is one of Zep's finest moments, featuring a soaring string arrangement and a gentle, aching melody. "The Ocean" is just as good, starting with a heavy, funky guitar groove before slamming into an a cappella section and ending with a swinging, doo wop-flavored rave-up. With the exception of the rampaging opening number, "The Song Remains the Same," the rest of Houses of the Holy is fairly straightforward, ranging from the foreboding "No Quarter" and the strutting hard rock of "Dancing Days" to the epic folk/metal fusion "Over the Hills and Far Away." Throughout the record, the band's playing is excellent, making the eclecticism of Page and Robert Plant's songwriting sound coherent and natural.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/19/1994
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678263927
catalogNumber:
82639

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Performance Credits

Led Zeppelin   Primary Artist
Jimmy Page   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Robert Plant   Harmonica,Vocals,Background Vocals
John Paul Jones   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Mellotron,Synthesizer Bass,Synthesizer Piano,Piano (Grand)
John Bonham   Drums,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jimmy Page   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Robert Plant   Composer
John Paul Jones   Composer
John Bonham   Composer
George Chkiantz   Engineer
Keith Harwood   Engineer
Andy Johns   Engineer
Eddie Kramer   Engineer
P. Crenell   Coloring
Peter Grant   Executive Producer

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Houses of the Holy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is their best! i really like dancing days, over the hills and far away, and dyer maker
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best rock albums of all time, let alone one of the best works Zeppelin turned out. Although all Zeppelin albums are good, this one is an album you can listen to from beginning to end, every time you play it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is one of Led Zeppelin's finest achievements along with Led Zeppelin 1,2,3,4,Phsyical Graffiti, and In Through the Outdoor. Lot of people think that Led Zeppelin IV was their best album, well I don't agree. Led Zeppelin IV has only a few good songs and those songs are Rock and Roll, Black Dog, When the Levee Breaks,Going to California, and the best song Stair Way to Heaven. Now you guys might be thinking "well that is more than a few songs" well some of those songs are not even my favorite they are just okay. Stair Way to Heaven is a great song but I don't think it is their masterpeice, to tell you the truth I like Kashmir better from Physical Graffiti. But let's get back to Houses of the Holy I like all the songs on the album except The Rain Song that is barely good, but other from that I think this is a great album and my favorite songs is The Song Remains the Same, Dancing Days, Over the Hills and Far Away, D'yer Make'r, The Ocean and No Quarter
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can say I truly never really hated this album I believe I really didn´t, didn´t you I think so to also but so what if you didn´t love it because there is really no sense in going crazy over it. You want a sane answer just believe it that´s the answer, if your looking for a crunged answer well I copied it, I´m a copy cat but I like to copy the best there is and theres no doubt in my mind that this is it. This is the fifth best album for me after you know what albums I´m talking about if you know what I mean.I,II,III and space.