Led Zeppelin, Houses of the Holy (1973)
The best Led Zeppelin album is usually whichever one I’m listening to. But in recent years I enjoy going deeper into the catalogue and further down the timeline, the first four – obviously magical, but played out a little for me. The last few are brilliant – and they peaked right in the middle. Consider this one then the start of their peak. The darkness not yet set in but the ability to explore and experiment – funk, acoustic, blues, rock, it’s a melting pot. And they nail almost all of it. And every time. So many highlights on this record that in some ways it plays out now like its own greatest hits. Remarkable. The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Over The Hills And Far Away, No Quarter – absolutely knocking it out of the park. Hey and I even love D’yer Mak’er – daft pun and all. Get fucked!
Sample Track: The Crunge
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