I’m right in the middle of my busiest time of year (or one of them, anyway), so I haven’t had the chance to record-blog as much as I’d like to. Or, at all. But things are leveling out again so I’m easing back into it. When we last left off I was talking about Ryan Adams albums, but this is also the time when I was beginning to more obsessively fill in the gaps of my record collection. Like every Led Zeppelin album (disclaimer: I still don’t have every Led Zeppelin album, but I’m getting there, I suppose. Slowly.)
My go-to Zep album is Houses of the Holy. It’s front-to-back one of the best sets of songs they ever released. Maybe THE best. Save for one song. “D’yer Maker.” It’s terrible. It’s lame, white-dude reggae that not even John Paul Jones likes and it clutters up what’s an otherwise great set of music. I even talked about my distaste for the song in a podcast I co-host. (You should listen, it’s fun and reminds you of terrible music.)
It’s sort of a frustrating stain on what could have been a perfect album. (The funny thing is that most people hate “The Crunge,” but I like their take on funk better than their take on reggae. Also: “Where’s that confounded bridge?!”) But “The Song Remains the Same,” “The Ocean,” “No Quarter”?! These are fantastic songs and I refuse to let that one bum track get in the way.
I understand not everyone’s into Led Zeppelin. I have friends who don’t like them, and even my wife isn’t a fan. But I defend them because they’re super influential to metal, which is a genre I hold dear. Still, I can’t defend “D’yer Maker.” It’s something I guess I’ll just have to live with. But it won’t stop me from putting Houses of the Holy on the turntable.
Sound Quality: Great