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Houses Of The Holy

Houses Of The Holy
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By the time Houses Of The Holy was released in stores in the Spring of 1973, Led Zeppelin was one of the top established bands in the world. On the first two days on their Summer 1973 US Tour, over 100,000 fans came to see them in concert.

By this time, they had been playing material from Houses Of The Holy for about six months in Japan, Australia and the UK. With Houses Of The Holy, the band branched out from the same styles from the four previous albums. D'yer Mak'er showed their interest in reggae, while The Crunge showed the funk style of the Jones-Bonham rhythm section. Epics like The Song Remains The Same and The Rain Song cemented Zeppelin's position as the number one act in the world.

Houses Of The Holy was the first album covered commissioned by the band from the firm Hipgnosis. According to Page, (The cover) "denoted the feeling of expectancy for the music contained within."
Statistics

Released:
Mar. 18, 1973 (US)
Mar. 26, 1973 (UK)
October 27, 2014 (Reissue)

Chart Position:
#1 (US) #1 (UK)

Certified:
Gold: Apr. 10, 1973
Multi Platinum: 11x Nov. 15, 1999
Diamond Award: Nov. 15, 1999

Tracks

1. The Song Remains The Same
2. The Rain Song
3. Over The Hills And Far Away
4. The Crunge
5. Dancing Days
6. D'yer Mak'er
7. No Quarter
8. The Ocean


DELUXE EDITION BONUS DISC
1. The Song Remains The Same (Guitar Overdube Reference Mix)
2. The Rain Song (Mix Minus Piano)
3. Over The Hills And Far Away (Guitar Mix Backing Track)
4. The Crunge (Rough Mix - Keys Up)
5. Dancing Days (Rough Mix with Vocal)
6. No Quarter (Rough Mix with JPJ Keyboard Overdubs - No Vocal)
7. The Ocean (Working Mix)
Quick Fact

The scenic background for Houses Of The Holy is Northern Ireland's Giant's Causeway. It is thought that the causeway was created more than 60 million years ago as a result of intense volcanic activity.

The two children who modelled for the cover were siblings Stefan and Samanatha Gates.
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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

April 24, 1969 - 2nd US Tour begins (1st as headliners) at the Fillmore West
April xx, 1970 - Robert comments about the violence in the audience near the end of the fifth tour
April 04, 1970 - Jimmy Page performs White Summer/Black Mountain Side on the Julie Felix BBC show
April 16, 1970 - Whole Lotta Love was certified Gold in the US after selling over a million copies. The single had peaked at No. 4 on the US singles chart. In the UK, Atlantic Records had expected to issue the edited version themselves, and pressed initial copies for release on December 5, 1969. However, band manager Peter Grant was adamant that the band maintain a "no-singles" approach to marketing their recorded music in the UK and he halted the release.
April xx, 1971 - Untitled is rumored to be released this month
April xx, 1972 - Recording sessions for Houses Of The Holy at Stargroves and Olympic studios
April xx, 1973 - Led Zeppelin rehearse their new stage show in preparation for their huge 1973 US Tour
April xx, 1974 - Swan Song concentrates its efforts on signing new acts
April xx, 1975 - Jimmy does some mixing at Electric Lady studios for TSRTS soundtrack
April 19, 1975 - 51,000 tickets sell in two hours for three nights at Earls Court, two added dates see another 34,000 tickets sold
April xx, 1976 - The band decide they will release their film to theaters
April 30, 1977 - Led Zeppelin breaks the record for the largest attendance for a single-act show in the Pontiac Silverdome with 76,229 in attendance
April xx, 1978 - The band hold a meeting, this time with Robert, to discuss Zeppelin’s future
April 03, 1979 - Page, Bonham and Plant jam with Bad Company again in Birmingham
April 27, 1980 - The band rehearses at Rainbow Theater for an upcoming European tour
April 26, 1988 - James Patrick Page III’s birthday. He is named after his father is the only son of Jimmy and Patricia Ecker. Jimmy spoke of his son saying: "He is wonderful. He has made a big difference to my life."
April 21, 1998 - Page and Plant released Walking Into Clarksdale.
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