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the philosopher
4 stars Such a holy experience!

In my opinion The Houses of The Holy is far superiour aboth Led Zepplin's previous IV record. The styl changed from straight forward bluesbased hard-rock to experimental hard- rock with funky, orchestral and jazzy influences. Because of the experimental value of this record I find this one far more interesting.

The Song Remains The Same throws directly different themes to the listener, which were never be heard before by LZ and if someone had not listened this record yet, he wouldn't have suspected such a song by LZ: funk and hard-rock combined in a way totally new for my ears.

The Rain Song is an orchestral-sounding song with restfull moods.. This song fits quiet well in the symphonic prog scene.

Over the Hills and Far Away is a jazzy hardrock ballad with some nice acoustic tuned guitar chords. The instrumental parts within this song are experimenting and has some strange emotional load.

The Crunge is the funkiest song LZ ever wrote. Real nice and relaxing and a worthy ending track of side one of this vinyl copy.

Dancing days may be my favourite track of this record because of the real nice guitar rifts and the dancefull and swinging, but still distinctive sound. The catchiest track of the record!

D'yer Mak'er is also a swinging track. Some kind of strange lovesong/ballad with lot's of Oh- oh-oh and ah-ah-ah. Well, LZ sounded never as relaxed as on this song. A song for getting close with your partner.

No quarter had a more progressive sound with some nice synthesizer sounds and good guitar riffs.

The Ocean is the only straight forward hard-rock track on this record. This song could easily have been wrote by AC/DC (it sounds a bit like AC/DC's Back in Black), but is good ending track.

So, we will come to the conclusion. This song offers a lot of variation and is really different than LZ's earlier efforts. It's much more experimental and therefor it fit's much better in a progressive collection. For now (I only one LZ's II, IV Houses of the Holy and The Songs Remain The Same) this record is my favourite LZ record and is the only record I will recommend to others: four golden stars. One of the most original albums out of the hard- rock scene!

the philosopher | 4/5 |


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