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Houses of the Holy [Deluxe Edition]

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Led Zeppelin 10/28/2014

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. [A 2014 Deluxe Edition added seven bonus tracks.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 The Song Remains the Same Led Zeppelin 5:28
  3. 2 The Rain Song Led Zeppelin 7:36
  4. 3 Over the Hills and Far Away Led Zeppelin 4:48
  5. 4 The Crunge Led Zeppelin 3:15
  6. 5 Dancing Days Led Zeppelin 3:41
  7. 6 D'yer Mak'er Led Zeppelin 4:20
  8. 7 No Quarter Led Zeppelin 6:57
  9. 8 The Ocean Led Zeppelin 4:30
  10. 1 The Song Remains the Same [Guitar Overdub Reference Mix] Led Zeppelin 5:28
  11. 2 The Rain Song [Mix Minus Piano] Led Zeppelin 7:40
  12. 3 Over the Hills and Far Away [Guitar Mix Backing Track] Led Zeppelin 4:20
  13. 4 The Crunge [Rough Mix - Keys Up] Led Zeppelin 3:15
  14. 5 Dancing Days [Rough Mix with Vocal] Led Zeppelin 3:43
  15. 6 No Quarter [Rough Mix With JPJ Keyboard Overdubs - No Vocal] Led Zeppelin 6:58
  16. 7 The Ocean [Working Mix] Led Zeppelin 4:23

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