Houses of the Holy [Remastered]

Houses of the Holy [Remastered]

by Led ZeppelinLed 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 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. [A remastered CD was released in 2014.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/27/2014
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0081227958282
catalogNumber: 535344
Rank: 15651

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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

Technical Credits

Jimmy Page   Composer,Producer
Robert Plant   Composer
John Paul Jones   Composer
John Bonham   Composer
George Chkiantz   Engineer
Keith Harwood   Engineer
Eddie Kramer   Engineer
Peter Grant   Executive Producer

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