On this day in music history: March 28, 1973 - “Houses Of The Holy”, the fifth album by Led Zeppelin is released. Produced by Jimmy Page, it is recorded at Stargroves and Headley Grange w/ The Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, Island Studios in London and Electric Lady Studios in New York City from January - August 1972. Released as the follow up to “Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZoSo)”, it is the bands most stylistically diverse album to date, shifting from its mainly blues musical base and exploring other music that has influenced them. It is the first Zeppelin album to feature material written entirely by the band, with the production becoming more multi-layered and complex. When it comes time to choose what songs will make the final running order, band ironically decides that the title track does not fit in well with the rest of the album, and is included on the follow up release “Physical Graffiti” in March of 1975. The albums cover artwork is designed by Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis, featuring a collage of several photos taken at Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland over a ten day period. The children featured on the cover are brother and sister Stefan and Samantha Gates. The photos are originally shot in black and white and are color tinted after they have been processed. The process to create the cover is an arduous one, but in the end receives a Grammy nomination for Best Album Package. “Holy” is another major success for the band, spinning off two singles including “D'yer Mak'er” (#20 Pop) and “Over The Hills And Far Away” (#51 Pop). In October of 2014, the album is remastered and reissued on vinyl, CD, and high definition digital downloads, with additional bonus tracks featured on the deluxe editions. The reissues also include a Super Deluxe boxed edition that features all of the audio configurations, a numbered lithograph of the album cover artwork, and a hardbound book featuring many previously unpublished photos and memorabilia associated with the original release. “Houses Of The Holy” spends two weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 11x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, earning a Diamond Certification.
On this day in music history: March 23, 1978 - “Kaya”, the tenth album by Bob Marley & The Wailers is released. Produced by Bob Marley & The Wailers, it is recorded at Island Studios in London, UK from January - April 1977. The album consists of tracks recorded during sessions for Marley’s previous release “Exodus”. The album features more laid back, relaxed songs standing in stark contrast to the bands’ more militant, politically motivated material. The release of the album will also coincide with Marley’s return to Jamaica after more than a year of living in London, leaving the country after an attempt is made on his life in December of 1976. It spins off two singles including “Is This Love” and “Satisfy My Soul”. Originally released on CD in 1986, it is remastered and reissued in 1994, with another remaster in 2001 that includes one bonus track. It is also released as a double CD Deluxe Edition in 2013, with the original ten track (plus one bonus track) album on disc one. The second disc features a full concert recorded at Ahoy Hallen, Rotterdam, Netherlands on July 7, 1978. The album is also remastered and reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP in 2013. “Kaya” peaks at number four on the UK album chart, and number fifty on the Billboard Top 200.