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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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December 16, 1968 - Zep plays Bath Pavilion for a mere £75.
December 26, 1968 - First American concert at the Coliseum in Denver, CO
December xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are reported to have sold 5 million dollars worth of albums in the US
December 11, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are presented gold and platinum discs for their first two albums
December xx, 1970 - The band enters Island Studios to begin work on the fourth album
December xx, 1971 - The band plays a few low-key shows back in England
December 23, 1972 - The band break for Christmas holiday after a London gig
December xx, 1973 - John Paul Jones works on studio productions for Madeline Bell
December xx, 1973 - Joe Massot films Jimmy Page’s fantasy sequence at Loch Ness
December 19, 1974 - John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page jam with Bad Company at the Rainbow Theater
December 10, 1975 - Led Zeppelin play a 45-minute show with Norman Hale at Behan’s in Jersey
December xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin rehearses for the 1977 tour
December 25, 1976 - It’s announced that Plant and Bonham will reunite with the Band of Joy for three shows in the new year
December xx, 1977 - The band minus Robert gather to discuss Led Zeppelin’s future plans
December xx, 1978 - The new album is completed quickly at Polar Studios and mixed at Jimmy’s Plumpton Studio
December xx, 1979 - John Bonham considers joining Paul McCartney’s Wings
December 29, 1979 - The band minus Jimmy Page attend the Paul McCartney And Wings Kampuchea befefit show
December 04, 1980 - Led Zeppelin issue the following statement not to carry on as a band: "We wish it to be known, that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the deep sense of harmony felt by ourselves and our manager have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were."
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