LED ZEPPELIN - HOUSES OF THE HOLY * CLASSIC RECORDS 200 GRAM PRESS *
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. (AMG)
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Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy
Label: Classic Records – SD 7255
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 200 gram
Country: US Released: 2007
A1 The Song Remains The Same Written-By – Page*, Plant* 5:24
A2 The Rain Song Mellotron – John Paul Jones Written-By – Page*, Plant* 7:32
A3 Over The Hills And Far Away Written-By – Page*, Plant* 4:42
A4 The Crunge Synthesizer – John Paul Jones Written-By – Page*, Bonham*, Jones*, Plant* 3:10
B1 Dancing Days Organ – John Paul Jones Written-By – Page*, Plant* 3:40
B2 D'yer Mak'er Piano – John Paul Jones Written-By – Page*, Bonham*, Jones*, Plant*
B3 No Quarter Grand Piano – John Paul Jones Synthesizer [Bass] – John Paul Jones Synthesizer [Piano] – John Paul Jones Written-By – Page*, Jones*, Plant* 6:57
B4 The Ocean Vocals [Backing] – John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant Written-By – Page*, Bonham*, Jones*, Plant*
Manufactured By – Classic Records, Inc.
Distributed By – Classic Records, Inc.
Recorded At – Electric Lady Studios
Recorded At – Olympic Studios
Bass – John Paul Jones
Drums – John Bonham
Engineer – Eddie Kramer, George Chkiantz, Keith Harwood
Executive-Producer – Peter Grant
Guitar – Jimmy Page
Lacquer Cut By – BG*
Producer – Jimmy Page
Sleeve – Hipgnosis (2)
Vocals – Robert Plant
Gatefold sleeve, lyric inner sleeve and obi.
Recorded at Electric Lady Studios (New York) and Olympic (London)
200 Gram Classic Records QUIEX SV-P Hand Made Super Vinyl Profile
Manufactured and distributed under exclusive license by Classic Records, Inc.
© 1973 Atlantic Recording Corporation
All lyrics © 1973 Superhype Music, Inc., ASCAP
Printed in U.S.A. SD-7255 Stereo
Matrix / Runout (Side One): SD 7255-A BG
Matrix / Runout (Side Two): SD 7255-B BG
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