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Houses of the Holy [VINYL REPLICA] CD

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  • Audio CD (2 Jun. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00005JAVO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,998 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Product Description

WSM.UK are proud to announce the release of all the led zeppelin albums with "vinyl replica" packaging, featuring original album artwork, gatefolds where applicable, inner sleeves and in the case of Led Zeppelin III, a revolving wheel as featured on the original LP release. Previously only available as very pricey imports, these albums are now available at mid price.

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Format: Audio CD
I love this Album! In fact this was the album that got me into Zeppelin, and D'yer Mak'er was the track that sparked my love for this band more than 20 years ago.

Houses of the Holy is a typical Led Zeppelin album, inasmuch as it is a collection of tracks of different styles and moods, delivered by superb musicianship, yet unified by that unique, indescribable Zeppelin sound. As usual, the band invite you on a musical journey that pushes the boundaries of what you thought Led Zep are all about.

Jimmy Page's guitar playing is immaculate through out, from the multi layered guitar rock anthem "The Song Remains the same", through probably their most beautiful ballad "The Rain Song". "Over the Hills and far away" is a folk rock track that would have graced Led Zep III and Dancing Days is an off beat rocker with some great slide guitar playing. The Ocean is probably one of the great guitar riff rock songs ever, in the very best tradition of Black Dog and Heartbreaker whilst No Quarter illustrates the growing creative influence of John Paul Jones.

The tracks that usually divide opinion are "The Crunge" and "D'yer Mak'er". If you take them on face value, The Crunge has a groove that is a brilliant advert for the rhythm section whilst D'yer Mak'er is simply a beautiful, naïve love song.

This album is great for listening to in the summertime; sitting around a beach fire with friends watching the sun set, and has a beautifully uplifting vibe. If you like head banging your way through an entire album then maybe this isn't for you. If you like something a bit more varied then this is a classic.
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This is an album on which all 8 tracks give me tingles, that fabulous feeling that you get when you love a song so much that you almost want to cry and dance and sing all at the same time.
It kicks off with a truly great rock song, 'The Song Remains the Same'. Having recently watched the video of 'TSRTS' for the first time, I'm even more in love with this song than ever. It then runs seamlessly into 'The Rain Song', which is really beautiful, classic acoustic 'gentle' Zep. I love 'Over the Hills and Far Away' for the heartfelt vocals of the chorus. 'The Crunge' I just love. It's bizarre but great (and also sounds like a James Brown song at the end...). My favourite track is probably 'Dancing Days' for its rhythm and riff. 'D'yer Mak'er' (or however you spell it) is a strange contrast of stereotypical romantic song lyrics and a reggae sort of rhythm which is weird but interesting and also gives it individualism. 'No Quarter' is an eerie, Lord of the Rings-ish track; hard to explain but if you listen to it you'll see what I mean! And then there is 'The Ocean', probably the one I neglect unfairly because it seems like a bit of an anticlimax after 'No Quarter', but it's a more typical Led Zeppelin rock track (not that that's a bad thing at all!)
Led Zeppelin are one of my all-time favourite bands. I know everyone loves them for different reasons, but for me their eclectic sound and brilliant musical talent is what makes them so excellent (and they also write damn good songs!). This album is definitely worth getting even if you're not a huge Zep fan because the songs are all so different but so great. So yeah. Buy it!
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By carlosnightman VINE VOICE on 15 Feb. 2016
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It wasn’t until this, their fifth album that some critics and even fans felt that the band was finally slipping, having peaked. This was more experimental than anything they had done up until this point, with forays into Eastern sounds and even, gasp, disco. Time has been kind to the record though, and now we can look back and appreciate it fully. There is at least one song which we could have done without, a couple that many will see as forgettable, but still some big songs and a few underrated ones. Underrated seems to be the key word here, as many people leave this albums out when they list great Zeppelin albums. Have another listen, and hopefully you’ll be surprised at the depth of writing and music on display.

‘The Song Remains The Song’ is a joyous opener, and in spite of the song title, this is a new sound and direction for the group. The drums are not as thunderous, but there is a wall of sound production which ensures there is still a heap of volume and power. Page’s guitar are jangly, but typically fast, accurate, and Plant gives some vocal acrobatics which become grating at their higher moments.

‘The Rain Song’ is an atmospheric one, for me definitely evoking memories of looking out through clouded windows at the seemingly neverending rain, the gently strummed chords in the intro like ceaseless dripping. There are some long, peaceful instrumental moments in this song, with soft vocals in the sparse verses. Plant seems to employ a number of unusual vocal distorts and tricks throughout this album, and while that is certainly true here, those are put firmly in the background. The vocals are almost drawn, drawls, there is a looseness to them meaning the melodies come more from the music than the singing.
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Oh dearie me - a lot of people dont seem to like this one as Led Zep had the temerity to do some different stuff and not rehash Led Zeppelin II over and over. I'll admit it isn't their very best album (a photo finish between Led Zeppelin III and Physical Graffitti) but there is nothing wrong with Dancing Days or The Ocean if you like your typical Zeppelin rockers and No Quarter still raises the proverbial hairs on the back of the neck. Yes The Crunge and D'Yer'Maker are a bit throwaway but does it matter, you'll only be shy a fiver if you buy a used version & you find you haven't liked a single track - I can't see that happening somehow!
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