Houses of the Holy (song)

'Houses of the Holy' is a 1975 song by English rock band Led Zeppelin. The song was composed by Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant, and recorded at Olympic Studios, Barnes, London in May 1972, and mixed at Electric Lady Studios, New York in June 1972. It appeared as the fourth track on Led Zeppelin's sixth album Physical Graffiti, released on 24 February 1975. 'Houses of the Holy' was originally recorded for the album of the same title in 1972, however it was decided to leave the song for a later album. The name of the song refers to the nickname given to the venues played by Led Zeppelin.

Overview

'Houses of the Holy' is a tight melodic rock song which features layers of guitar. The structure of the song is very similar to 'Dancing Days'. As part of his 'guitar army', guitarist Jimmy Page used a Delta T digital delay unit. The phrase houses of the holy came about from the spiritual aura the band had felt when playing to their fans in the venues they appeared. The venues being akin to churches or temples.

Live performances

'Houses of the Holy' despite being named after venues was never performed live by Led Zeppelin. Singer Robert Plant occasionally used lyrical snippets from the song when performing 'As Long As I have You' on his 2000 tours.

Chart positions

Single

  • Italian Singles Chart (1975) 27

Credits

Musicians:

  • Jimmy Page – electric guitar, producer, remastering, digital remastering
  • Robert Plant – vocals
  • John Paul Jones – bass guitar
  • John Bonham - drums, percussion

Production:

  • Peter Grant – executive producer
  • George Chkiantz - engineer
  • Eddie Kramer – mixing
  • Joe Sidore - original CD mastering engineer (mid-1980s)
  • George Marino - remastered CD engineer (1990)

Bibliography

  • Lewis, Dave (2012) Led Zeppelin: From a Whisper to a Scream. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1 (OCLC 782996334).
  • Welch, Chris (2009) Led Zeppelin: The Stories Behind Every Led Zeppelin Song. London: Carlton Books. ISBN 978-1-84732-286-9 (OCLC 317254118).

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