INTERVIEW: Ash Naylor on Houses of the Holy Tribute

Houses of the HolyLed Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy is a landmark album. Well, okay, all of Led Zeppelin’s albums were landmarks. But in the context of Led Zeppelin albums it’s a landmark because it marks a real shift to more of a studio-based sound. They’d always had overdubs and layering on their albums, but it was often employed to simply thicken an arrangement. This time, both Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones had home studios, and this allowed them to further build upon the bed tracks for future classics like The Rain Song, Over The Hills and Far Away and No Quarter. The results were ethereal and complex: living, breathing entities manifested as pure sound. Just try to listen to No Quarter without getting the creeps, or The Song Remains The Same without feeling the California sunlight, the sweet Calcutta rain, the Honolulu starbright that the song namechecks. Read More …