Today, March 28, Led Zeppelin‘s Houses of the Holy turns 50! I decided to celebrate by playing an entire Workforce Block of songs from the iconic album. It was the band’s fifth album release, and boy, did they deliver.
The band pushed their style even further with this album, drawing from different inspirations from previous LPs. The album benefited from two of the band members installing at-home studios. It allowed them to be able to experiment more than they already had. They began to change the trajectory and scope of their work.
The album received a mixed response back when it was released in 1973, but it later became a commercial success. The quality of the work holds up, and there really isn’t a bad song on the whole LP. Led Zeppelin was constantly churning out great work, and this album was no different. The key to their success always has been their ability and willingness to change.
Their sound was diversified. You could hear classic driving rock and a reggae inspired groove within two tracks. The funny thing is, the song “Houses of the Holy” isn’t even on this album. It’s on a later LP.