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Title:
Houses of the holy
Author:
Led Zeppelin (Musical group), composer, performer.
Edition:
Deluxe [remastered] edition.
Publication Information:
[Place of publication not identified] : Atlantic Recording, [2014]

℗2014
Physical Description:
2 audio discs (76 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Title from disc label.

Compact disc.

Reissue of: Atlantic K 50014 (℗1973) ; with bonus disc.

"The material on the companion disc presents a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin. It is a selection of work in progress, with rough mixes, backing tracks, alternate versions and new material recorded at the time [1971-1972]"--Container insert.

Lyrics and full credits on container insert.
Language:
English
Contents:
Song remains the same -- Rain song -- Over the hills and far away -- Crunge -- Dancing days -- D'yer mak'er -- No quarter -- Ocean --

Song remains the same (guitar overdub reference mix) -- Rain song (mix minus piano) -- Over the hills and far away (guitar mix backing track) -- Crunge (rough mix - keys up) -- Dancing days (rough mix with vocal) -- No quarter (rough mix with JPJ keyboard overdubs - no vocal) -- Ocean (working mix).
UPC:
081227958275
Format :
Music CD

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Summary

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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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine