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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/19/1994
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678263927
  • Catalog Number: 82639

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Song Remains the Same (5:30)
  2. 2 The Rain Song (7:38)
  3. 3 Over the Hills and Far Away (4:49)
  4. 4 The Crunge (3:17)
  5. 5 Dancing Days (3:43)
  6. 6 D'Yer Mak'er (4:22)
  7. 7 No Quarter (7:00)
  8. 8 The Ocean (4:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Led Zeppelin Primary Artist
Jimmy Page Acoustic Guitar, 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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    This is a really good album but it is not quite Led Zeppelein's greatest. There is ....another yet still my child.

    The Dragonlord

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Zepp

    Anouter Great Album By Zepp. 1. The song remains the Same 11/10, Just good music, Great Guitar. 2. The Rain song 11/10, nice Guitar, one of Zepps softer songs, the best on the album. 3. Over the Hills and Far Away 10/10, Great Lyrics and Vocals. 4. The Crunge 6/10, Just anoying, the worst on the album. 5. Dancing Days 9/10, good beat. 6. D'yer Mak'er 9/10, Some people say this is their favorite Zepp song, those people are crazy, but I still enjoy this song. 7. NO Quarter 10/10, very creepy Pink Floyd like song. 8. The ocean 10/10, last but not least, this song has great riffs. 75/80, A, 5/5

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Probably the best Zep album

    "Houses of the Holy" is probably the best album the band ever made, even if only a couple of the songs make the ten best of Zep list. Considering that only a few years earlier they were just ripping off old blues' masters, the progress is remarkable. Why one of the other reviewers doesn't like "The Crunge" I can't think, though it's clearly not the best song Zep ever wrote. They were not short of material for this record, as they left the title song off (it later appeared on "Physical Graffiti"). It's just a beautifully crafted album, and catches Page/Plant at their peak - a level they maintained for a couple more years, before overindulgence and heroin took their toll. Think about it: of the British Big Four (Beatles, Stones, Who, Zep), who still has listeners? That's right, Zeppelin. Even kids born after the band broke up listen to Zep, but not the others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Led Zepp Must-Have

    This one blew me away. One of the best Led Zepp album. D'yer M'ak'er, Dancin' Days, Over the Hills and Far Away, and The Ocean are classics. But the only reason why I gave it only 4 was because of the Crunge. Ugh! Makes me cringe. I can't listen to it for more than 20 seconds before I HAVE to change it. But still, any Led Zepp fan's collection would have a gaping hole in it without Houses of the Holy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good But Definetly Not their Best

    This was a good cd but it isn't as great as what people say. It's a cd that you'll only enjoy if your a full on Led Zeppelin fan like me. And their aren't any songs that stick with you like most of their other cd's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Led Zeppelin Isn't the Same

    This album is much more diffrent from Led Zeppelin's first albums. It is more like folk than heavy rock. Some songs reminds still about rock Led Zeppelin made 'The Ocean' and 'Over the Hills And Far Away'. The best song is surely "The Rain Song": very peaceful song, you can relax while you're listening it. "The Song Remains the Same" is very fast track. "No Quarter" is interesting track. It is superstitious!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Zeppelin Album

    If you like Zeppelin, this album will seal your love for them forever. I love Zeppelin, and I have all of their albums, but this one still remains my favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The second best Led Zeppelin Album

    This album has a great variety of sounds. It starts out with a solid rock song in ''The Song Remains the Same''. Next ''The Rain Song'' and ''Over the Hills and Far Away'' add great mellow melodies while throwing in a few harder beats. ''The Crunge'' is the low point of the album, but is still pretty good. ''Dancing Days'' is classic Led Zeppelin: great rock, with a few weird melodies thrown in. ''D'yer Ma'ker'' is a reggae inspired track that has an excellent beat. ''No Quarter'' is a Zeppelin Classic that is very mysterious in nature. The closing song, ''The Ocean'' goes back to the rock and roll theme, with great vocals. This album is second only to the ZOSO album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An underrated classic

    This album, like most of Zeppelin's work, was poorly reviewed at the outset and has remained overlooked all too often. This is the band's most eclectic and varied recording, featuring hard rock ('Dancing Days'), ballads ('Rain Song), folk and metal ('Over the Hills and Far Away') and more. On this album, Led Zep managed to incorporate all sorts of whimsical and strange influences into their music while remaining a solid heavy rock act. One might find the reggae single 'D'yer Ma'ker' silly, but it is certainly made up for by the exotic crunch of 'No Quarter' and 'The Ocean.' I'd give this album five stars, except that 'The Crunge' is poor (the band's worst song) and the production could have been a bit better, although it sounds fine as it is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rock and Roll's Finest Album

    If enjoy any rock music in any way, you should purchase Led Zeppelin's ''Houses of the Holy''. Even if you are not a huge fan of Led Zeppelin, it is hard not to enjoy upbeat songs like ''The Song Remains the Same'' and the classic tune ''D'yer Mak'r''. A listener can also relax while listening to the tranquil ''Rain Song'' or the mystical ''No Quarter''. This album is a far cry from Led Zeppelin's blues inspired first album and is much lighter than ''Presence'' or Led Zeppelin's last album ''Coda''. If you would like to hear classic rock at its best and listen to Led Zeppelin's finest collection of songs, pick up a copy of ''Houses of the Holy''.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of Led Zeppelin's finest albums

    5 Stars! 5 Stars! The whole album is great! Buy it! The Rain song is beatiful and the Song Remains the same is fast and cool. Other than Physical Graffiti and Led Zeppelin II, this is their best album. I recommend this to any rock n roll fan!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Album!

    This album makes me tingle inside every time I hear it. Beutiful guitar riffs and solos are almost magical. A must-have for any rock and roll fan.

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