LED ZEPPELIN Houses Of The Holy LP
Brand: Midco Inc
Ex Tax: $0.00
Framed, Acid Free Mat with Non-reflective glass
Condition: Album has some fade, signatures are in ink pin, therefore do not show any fade or wear. Thus a + > - = Mint
The cover art for Houses of the Holy was inspired by the ending of Arthur C. Clarke's novel Childhood's End. (The ending involves several naked children, only slightly and physically resembling the human race in basic forms). It is a collage of several photographs taken at the Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland, by Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis. The photoshoot was a miserable affair over the course of every morning for a week. The desired sunrise never appeared due to constant rain and clouds and many of the models were never used. The results of the shoot were less than satisfactory, but some accidental tinting effects in post-production created an unexpectedly magical album cover. The inner sleeve photograph was taken at Dunluce Castle near to the Causeway. It was initially released with a paper collar wrapped around the cover, printed with the band and album name, that had to be broken or slid off to access the record. This hid the children's bottoms from general display, but still the album was either banned or unavailable in Spain and some parts of the Southern United States for several years. The cover was rated #6 on VH1's 50 Greatest Album Covers in 2003.