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3 stars By the mid 70s most of us Zep fans were hoping that the band hadn't jumped the shark with their phenomenal 4th album. After all, the odd "Houses of the Holy" release hadn't been the barnburner we expected, leaving us disappointed. Yet two years later we were more than anxious to purchase and absorb their long-awaited and much-heralded double LP, relishing a return to their cool rockin' ways of earlier times. Alas, 'twas not to be. What we got was better than LZ5 but still not in the stratosphere that the 4th was. Of course we got the classic stomper that is "Kashmir," the coy "Custard Pie," the atmospheric "In the Light," the well-written and performed "Houses of the Holy" and the straight-ahead boogie bash of "The Wanton Song." But that wasn't enough to save this bloated more-than-we-needed-to-hear brontosaurus. I'm sorry, but I still cringe every time I hear the tinny "Trampled Under Foot." (I don't know what people hear in that song. Kill the clavinet, already!) Now it became sadly obvious that Zep's best days were behind them and that we should treasure the gems that they had already bestowed upon us in their formative and wildly exhilarating years. They had simply set the bar so incredibly high for themselves that they had no chance of ever clearing it again. They weren't alone, though. Their peer groups like Genesis, ELP, Jethro Tull and even Yes had done the very same thing. It was just time to move on.
Chicapah | 3/5 |


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