01 | The Song Remains The Same [05:30]
02 | The Rain Song [07:40]
03 | Over The Hills And Far Away [04:50]
04 | The Crunge [03:15]
05 | Dancing Days [03:45]
06 | D'yer Mak'er [04:25]
07 | No Quarter [07:04]
08 | The Ocean [04:31]
AMG Review :
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.
Ripper's Notes :
Houses Of The Holy was originally released on March 28,
It was recorded in 1972 at Stargroves (Mick Jagger's
home), using the Rolling Stones' mobile recording studio.
The odd colors on this album cover are a printing error.