Houses of the Holy - best Led Zep?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by cronker, Feb 14, 2014.

  1. cronker


    Feb 13, 2007
    It's my favourite, by a long margin.
    Somehow, Jimmy Page just gets how to nail funky and rock n roll on this one. Not the best performance by Plant.
    John Paul Jones' bass performance is sublime, as is his use of mellotron and keys.
    Is this the first time they split guitar tracks in stereo? I hear the 6 string in my right ear and the 12 in my left.
    Definitely a ground breaking album. Better than IV in my opinion.
  2. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    One of my faves of theirs. I put LZII and Physical Graffiti just ahead on my list. Agreed better than IV.
    Classic album fer sure!
  3. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    I think the first four are their best albums. But their worst album is better than most.
  4. cronker


    Feb 13, 2007
    Is it just me, or can you hear that JPJ is a musician across a lot of areas? His bass is simply excellent, yet I can hear musicality from piano in there.

    I know that Page was heavily involved in the sessions scene before Zep.

    I think it's very interesting, considering today's music scene, that music back then came from people who actually loved their craft, against the manufacture of current music.
  5. cableguy


    Jun 4, 2009
    North Bend, WA

    I would have a hard time picking their best album. Their music could be so different and depending on my mood, my favorite would be a moving target. And JPJ is the man, all the things he contributed to the texture of Zep is often overlooked.
  6. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    There is no 'worst' Zeppelin record! I'm partial to Presence.
  7. Abaddon9112


    Feb 10, 2014
    Vineland, NJ
    HOTH (haha Star Wars) has always been my favorite Zep album. When I was little my mom used to play that album a lot. Reminds me of taking trips down to the shore in the summer.

    I think that album pretty much established the overall sound that Zep would continue to employ for the rest of their tenure. I love the use of the twelve-string electric throughout, it just sounds huge. Everyone seemed like they were at the top of their game on that album, and the songs are all classics that you can really rock out to. So I'd agree that its probably their best overall release.
  8. Gasman

    Gasman Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    South Carolina
    My favorite album is Physical Graffiti, but Houses is in the top 3-6 ;).

    Seriously, "The Song Remains the Same" and "The Rain Song" are two of the best songs that ever opened up the first side of any album.
  9. Caustic Crunch

    Caustic Crunch

    Oct 26, 2013
    I hope you guys have heard the isolated tracks that are available on the web.
    JPJ's "Ramble On" iso track, for example, is astounding to listen to on it's own.
    That man is an icon for a reason...
  10. Southbound


    Dec 9, 2007
    "Houses of the Holy" is my favorite SONG on Physical Graffiti...neither is my favorite LZ record (though, I confess I like HoTH better than PG, and can't really name one after PG...and have a hard time ranking I-V--except III is last)
  11. PG isn't bad (there's no such thing as a bad Zep record), but II is my personal favorite.

    I love the contrast between JPJ's organic, soulful, lyrical stylings on What Is & What Should Never Be and Ramble On, and the hard-driving doubling of the guitar track on Livin Lovin Maid and Moby Dick.

    Then of course there's the Lemon Song, which is in a category all of its own. That was the track that made me realize you can't spell "badass" without "bass" :D.
  12. GigJones


    Jun 10, 2009
    I’ve always felt that “IV” and “Houses Of The Holy” were their best. There is something mystical about both of these albums.
  13. Physical Graffiti is my favorite, but you can't go wrong with any of them. Coda is even pretty great.
  14. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    I don't have a favorite LZ album. As much as I love Physical Graffiti and II, I can see why Houses of the Holy might be your fave. The only album I have any problems with is In Through the Out Door, and even then, my problems are minimal.
  15. almost human

    almost human

    Sep 30, 2010
    The diversity of music on it, along with the fact that it has my favorite LZ song ("No Quarter"), makes it my pick for their best.
    But i agree that there's not really a bad one in the bunch, including Coda.
  16. Chains


    Jan 22, 2014
    No one has mention Zep I.
    For its raw power and energy, a real kick in the face!
    IMO one the top 5 debut albums from any band.
  17. JLY

    JLY Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Their music was so diverse>every album was so different than another that it is hard for me to pick favorite would likely be the last one I listened to.. IMO
  18. Nah. For me it's LZ II all the way.
  19. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    Physical Graffiti is my favorire- III was their most innovative, utilizing English folk instruments and melodies. IV is my second favorite- the songwriting is phenomenal.
  20. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I think I'm with you.
    "Kashmir" is so great that it pushs PG up near my top.
    Funny thing, though, III was my 1st LZ album. Got it for a birthday present back in the day...coulda had I or II; truthfully, never had heard of LZ...the name sounded cool & III had the cooler cover vs. I & II. :)
    I think I woulda been happier, though, with I or II.

    Got IV the following year & wore it out.
    HoTH had a tough act to follow but it delivered.