Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy (1CD, RM)

Sunday Man Cave Series, Part 3

I found a cheap copy of the 1CD remaster of this stone classic record, and I snapped it up… why? Pure impulse, surely. I mean, how many times do I own this record, now?

1 – this 1CD RM
2 – original CD
3 – all the tracks are on the 1990 boxed set
4 – 2LP deluxe RM

Alright, so only four times. I know for sure that I own a lot more copies other records of theirs!


One of my favourite enduring memories of this record:

We went to Exhibition Stadium in August of 1994 to catch a show by Harry Connick, Jr. on his Funk Tour (promoting the excellent She album). We even met him that day! Anyway, the opener was the awesomeLeroy Jones Quintet. Leroy worked double-shift that day because after his own band opened, he jumped in and took up his regular spot in Harry’s band too!

Anyway, the LJQ gets done playing, and someone starts playing recorded music between sets to keep the crowd warm while they set up for Harry’s show. And what were they playing? Houses Of The Holy. In its entirety. It surely didn’t fit between two jazzy sets, but then again, why not? It sounded wonderful over the big sound system in the stadium…


So, what can I say about this record? Hahaha here’s all you need to know:

The Song Remains The Same
The Rain Song
Over The Hills And Far Away
The Crunge
Dancing Days
D’yer Mak’er
No Quarter
The Ocean



Posted on November 30, 2016, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Interesting choice between sets! You’re right, Aaron, not much needs to be said at all. Still one of the all-time best.


  2. You only own four versions of this? How quaint. Haha. Just kidding. I think I might have seven copies (my original LP purchased in ’79 or ’80, a clean LP pressing from the ’80s, remastered CD in LP-replica sleeve, Complete Albums box set and Super Deluxe box set…which has the album on CD, LP and high-res download). I’m not usually a collector that way…give me the best possible version and I’m content…but Zeppelin has been my favorite band for so long and I can’t seem to part with any of their product.

    Nice anecdote about this album. I also have one: At my wedding, my wife suggested having “The Rain Song” play when the wedding party walked down the aisle. It was performed on solo guitar by a friend who I had played in several bands with. It was awesome and I loved seeing people’s reaction when they realized what song they were hearing.


    • Haha yeah, my four pales to your 7! Well done, Rich! I know well your love of Zeppeli, it’s an amazing thing!

      I love your anecdote too. Great music for the occasion, and a nice reward for all those who caught what was up!


  3. Nice post, fella. Would it surprise you if I said I don’t know this one? I’ve owned it on CD at some point, but never listened to it. I think I had Led Zep fatigue at the time.


  4. I love those surprise uninterrupted listens to an album, especially one like this!


  5. Heh! Cool story! I love HOTH big time. My favourite Zeppelin? Can’t say for sure but it’s often the one I go for when I just wanna hear one single CD of the Zep.


  6. This one is my go-to Zep. This and PG. I’ve still got a bit of that Zep fatigue so I don’t go to it very often though!


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