Classic Album Discussion
(Its been a while. )
Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy (1973)
I just listened to this one in the car today. I forgot about this 1973 gem from Led Zeppelin. When you think about the body of work they generated in their first four albums, Houses of the Holy being their fifth, it really is quite incredible. It certainly rivals the run by The Rolling Stones from 1968 to 1972 withBeggar's Banquet to Exile on Main Street as well as The Beatles run from 1965 to 1969 with Rubber Soul to Abbey Road in terms of being a creative explosion from any single band of any era in the pantheon of rock music.
But I found Houses of the Holy to perhaps be one of Zep's most approachable, if not the most melodic, album they put out. Growing up during the times these records were being released, I found that after Houses of the Holy, I kind of lost interest in Led Zeppelin. I think, as with alot of mega-successful bands of that era, the later records became somewhat self-indulgent and somewhat uninteresting. Alot of people may argue that Physical Graffiti may be the apex but this is certainly a "YMMV" topic after all.
I believe with this album, The Zep had reached their apex of their creativity and were at the height of their musical powers. This is where it all came together. Rock and roll. Superstardom. It's Madison Square Garden, it's the The Song Remains The Same (which was released in 1976), it's Dancing Days, it's fantastic.
I'm glad I rediscovered this classic album.
For your consideration, I give you the 1973 offering by Led Zeppelin.
I said it's alright, you know it's alright...