Color me bummed with Radio today I barely listen to radio anymore, just in my car when I forget to bring a CD along. Really miss those old days oh-oh, think I'm getting old. Last edited by a moderator: Oct 23, Rip Van Woofer Audioholic General. I'm certain you could provide an interesting point of view? We have two choices, nothing and nada. I have hated FM since ; Rock stations play crap, jazz stations play pop, pop stations play rap. It sucks. Rob Babcock Moderator.
Vivaldi Audioholic. Radio commercials, to say nothing of the repetition, are the most annoying, rage inducing form of advertisement on earth. Often, we get these same annoying commercials on TV, but in a much shorter and less painful version. Did anyone ever notice that when one station airs commercials, most of the others do at the same time?
I swear it's all a consipiracy! Some foreign element is trying to drive us insane, and if you listen to the news, it's working! I made a vow that if I ever became rich someday, I'd buy or build me a decent radio station and hire someone who was cool and I'd have them play all kinds of obscure rock and cuts by popular bands that are rarely heard.
Mabye I'd have a certain period of time or a certain day where I'd play some classical or something else, and if the brainless masses didn't tune in, screw 'em! I'd eat the losses just for arts sake. There isn't enough mad symbols I can apply to describe my contempt for the state of radio in America today. But hey, that's just me, ya know I am one or those evil right wing wacko's, who want to kill all the trees, pollute the earth, kill all the whales, take away all your rights, burn all the books, give kids guns and SUV's, eat up all the animals and take away the clean air.
Guest Guest. Like Rip I'm interested in tyring the satellite out and wonder when the big radio megoliths will take it over and kill it. If you have it what do you think so far? I love the guitar that seems to overlap everything else. How beautiful is this song. Waves of mellotron as well in this one. I like the way the song builds. Robert is in fine form as well. I like the guitar melody to open. Synths, bass and drumming are all incredible.
Nice piano later as well. Plant is nothing short of amazing! Great lyrics as well. Maybe it's because it followed "IV" I don't know, but if you don't have it. Do yourself a favour and get it. This attractive song no wonder becomes the title track of Zeppelin's film. This song is about a morale story on if you give something it will come back to you again that's why the name is like that. The orchestral arrangement by John Paul Jones has made this song interesting.
One might wonder how this kind of music was created by Led Zeppelin with their heavy metal attribute. The Bonham drum session is quite unique at this song with special tunings on snare and tom. Keep on rockin'..! It's simply good. It's also somewhat cold despite the occasional reggae overtones - which usually distracts to fully appreciate the albums, but not in this case.
The album is balanced well - from the spasmodic riffs in "The Song Remains The Same" and slow, rolling electric monster in "The Ocean" to mellow, introspective, jazzy "Rain Song" soaked with gorgeous Mellotron arrangements.
And that IS progressive rock "No Quarter" is one of the best songs ever written, again decades before it's time. It will took three decades and dawning of the genre called trip-hop to enable the wider audience to appreciate the song in it's full glory. The live version from "The Songs Imagine the best, furious melting electric moments from "III" and move Page's groundbreaking bravurosity one step forward.
Interesting thing is they are both "warmer" tracks on a "colder" album, but they aren't out of place here, "Dancing Days" utilising some heavy riffing, and ""D'yer Mak'er", of course, reggae rhythms, Bonzo hitting the snares like a possessed maniac. It's a bit weaker lyrically-wise; but I think that's intentional - it's simply fits nicely into the overall picture. This is reflected in their songwriting. The album is loosely conceptual, based around he concept of a tour guess what they'd been doing before recording this album.
But, with three exceptions, the songwriting is not up to it. Where's the bombast? The jungle-heavy drums? The crisp production? The flow? None of it is here. Instead we have a retreat to the tentative days of III. There are some true stinkers here. It must have been designed to grate on the nerves. Listening to this is like finding a plastic fly in your soup: you know it was intended, but it's still not funny. Two steps forward with IV , and one step back with this album.
Unfortunately this is where LZ failed at the first time. Everybody expected a masterpiece again I guess, but ZEPs just did a good, somewhat laid-back album. And they should, why not? Houses was always an album near and dear to my heart. While containing some of the band's very finest moments it is an effort plagued by the usual inconsistencies found on most Zeppelin albums. We start very strong with SRTS showing Page's ever increasing talents not only in playing but in the producer's chair, intuitively layering guitars to create such a great overall sound.
It's a song that like most Zeppelin songs will grow into something much more special live on stage, when the grooves are electrified by Bonham and Jones in action. Next is the stunningly beautiful Rain Song, a piece that is not only among my favorite LZ tracks but with a melody as memorable and haunting in a good way as anything I've ever heard. It's a song that in the live setting transforms to a poignancy few bands will ever achieve. The same can be said for No Quarter with its earthy and powerful mystery, good here but mindblowing on stage.
Over The Hills shows off some catchy songwriting, and again just listen to the nice arrangements of the various instruments. That's the great half. The other four songs were a bit dodgy, not awful, but certainly not in the same league with the good stuff. The Crunge is a bit of funky humor. Dancing Days and The Ocean are rather average straight-up rockers. And Dyer Maker is a cute reggae flavored pop-number that was a big radio hit but made every Zep fan I know roll their eyes a bit.
Young Zep newbies must know that Houses is a recommended album for the first three songs and No Quarter. Although if you already have live versions of the good songs on other CDs you could really afford to put your dollars elsewhere. These studio versions pale in comparison. Sure, it's hard to find fault with "Rain Song" and its morose mellotronic meanderings. Likewise "Over the Hills and Far Away" is an ingenious blend of pastoral folk and hard rock, "D'yer Ma'ker" a delightfully kitsch call to arms for the burgeoning reggae movement, and "No Quarter" perhaps the most progressive song of their career, a daring piece that must have shocked their by then legion of fans.
In fact the overall genre spanning approach taken on this album is itself highly progressive. However, forays into funk "The Crunge" , old rock n roll "Dancing Days" , and falsetto imitations of Yes "Song Remains the same" are just as weak, making this album a mixed bag on the quality plane. I feel that 3 stars is the logical rating for this, one of the Led Zep albums of greater interest to the prog community, even if many do worship at its feet.
The blues influences of the early albums are almost eradicated here, being replaced by even older styles including classical music.
After their early prolific period, it took almost two years from the release of "Led Zeppelin IV" for "Houses. By this time, expectations were high, with music fans expecting the band to come up with another "Stairway to heaven" at least.
The band did their best to oblige, even using a mellotron and synthesisers to orchestrate the sound, but in general the material lacks the dynamics and originality of previous releases.
The album opens with "The song remains the same", a piece which was originally intended to be an instrumental "Overture". Robert Plant's vocals are speeded up slightly, thus sounding higher and less gritty than normal. This gives the song a sort of Rush feel or is that the other way round! It is sort of in the way of "Thank you" from Led Zeppelin 2", but Plant's vocals are rather more weedy. This is another acoustic number, but it is generally more upbeat with a lead guitar break.
For me, it introduces the weakest series of consecutive tracks on any Led Zeppelin album. It is devoid of music, lyrical content, and inspiration and for me is not worthy of any album, let a lone one by Led Zeppelin. It is though, another instantly forgettable disappointment. Fortunately, an element of respectability is restored with the final two tracks. The 7 minute "No quarter", which became a live favourite, is a "What is and what should never be" type loud and soft song. It features distorted vocals and liquid guitar sounds, the whole song appearing on the album at a slightly slower speed than it was recorded in order to manipulate the final sound.
The album closes with "The ocean", the title referring to the sea of people in the audience at a Led Zeppelin gig. The track has a distinctive riff, and as a whole probably comes closest to the blues rock of previous releases. At times, it sounds like a misguided attempt to create a "Black dog, part 2". In all, a very disappointing album for a Led Zeppelin release. While a few of the tracks are adequate, none offer the excitement generated by previous releases. Strangely, the track from which the album title is taken was dropped prior to release, only later appearing on "Physical graffiti".
The artwork for the album was and remains highly controversial, displaying naked, possibly alien, children climbing the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. Indeed it is extremely likely that had the album been released today, the image would not have been considered acceptable at all. Things get off to a positive start with The Song Remains The Same, an up tempo song with many guitar parts from Jimmy Page ranging from picking to powerchords with some excellent soloing too.
The one downside of the track is that Robert Plant's vocal's have been speeded up a little giving the impression he was on helium! A better version can be heard on the live soundtrack album of the same name. The Rain Song follows and is a lovely piece of music. Plant supplies sympathetic singing whilst John Bonham takes a back seat and doesn't come in until well into the track. Over the Hills and Far Away starts off with some nice acoustic guitar before the band pile in full force.
Bonham and Jones hold down a tight groove whilst Page riffs away over the top. Not a bad track but not one of the better Zeppelin rockers. The Crunge follows and is the first of the gimmicky tracks. It's a James Brown influenced Funk number with some good Drumming from Bonham but ultimately falls a little flat and is a bit of a filler track we could well do without.
Much better is Dancing Days, the intro having an eastern vibe to it but overall the track has a happy summery feel to it. The Reggae vibe of D'yer Mak'er follows and is another disappointment and throwaway track. This is Bonhams track, his Drums well to the fore.
Onto the second Epic of the album, No Quarter is Jones' baby and his keyboards take a front seat. It's an atmospheric piece with a laid back tempo. It proves to be one of the best tracks here and also has an excellent Page riff and some lovely interplay between his Guitar and Jones' Piano. Just what we needed after the gimmicky feel of The Crunge and D'yer Mak'er.
If those two tracks had been replaced with more rockers along the lines of this then Houses of the Holy would have been a much more rounded album. As it is, it's good but falls short after the majesty of IV. Strangely, my choice cut here is ''The Crunge'', a lightweight, almost throwaway funky song with plenty of offish rhythms that make it interesting.
The keyboard lines are hilariously splendid. Unfortunately, the fun ends with a half-lame ballad ''The Rain Song'' , a laughable reggae attempt ''D'yer Maker'' and a horrible rock song ''Dancing Days''. I never have been fond of Led Zeppelin, and this album did little to change that.
Raise the rating a half-star for the experimental efforts here. Zeppelin's fifth album, Houses Of The Holy is a completely different beast from the albums released by the band before this point. While there's a lot of the band's old sound still kicking around, this one is more refined and more slick than their previous albums. It wasn't going to be an easy task following up their highest acclaimed album, IV or Zoso , or Runes or whatever you want to call it , the band seemed to ave done well and produced what is likely their best hard rock album - maybe not the most proggy, but that's okay.
The pomp, pseudo-epics may not be kicking around, but we still have some slickly written and recorded tunes that do not easily let down - including some of the Zep's best known tunes. No mercy right off the bat, and the album is going to continue on that way.
You're on Your Own Enough Pretty Little Phase Get This Through Make Your Move Thank You Very Little Let On Am I Afraid?
Opportunities Never Learn Tell Them Not to Be Afraid War Is Coming Everyone's a Misanthrope Evil One Rip It!
The Eating Fire Black Waters The Value of Sparrows Mantra Beverly Kills The Decadence of Laura Palmer Judas Check out the Violence Thai Food Femme Fatal Magic Sharks of Disharmony Not Alive In Between The Collapse Ode to the Corrupt The Unbreakable Resolution Solace in Suffocation Vartamana Don't Take Turns, Take Chances Home Trading Past for Pathways Untertan Saat Herrscher Despot MMXL Atarax Worlds of Yesterday 2.
Moonshot Manchild 3. Kill the Pain That's Killing You 4. Nowhere Good to Go 5. You'll be the Silence 6. Lost in the Ghost Light 7. You Wanted to be Seen 8. Overthrown Rise Up Cast Aside Second Sight Bombs Away Scapegoat Warrior Spin Doctor The Seventh Day Old Drug Glass Jacket Dead n Gone Let the Rough End Drag Butterstick Nome Alaska Eternal Persecution The Art of Demolition Get Time Back Rising Through the Skies Blazing Lord's Speech The Rolling Stones.
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Every rock colleciton? Hero Sticky Boys, Hard Rock. With Show. Approaching Cauldron of Horror The Rain Song and No quarter being the most prog songs of the band are also the most elaborated and superior By kidicarus at PM 1 comment s Links. We're Gonna Ride Again Oh, also we got to ride four-wheelers around a sheep farm and eat lots of red meat.
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