Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy as a baseball lineup

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“Our first speaker was born in the year 470 B.C., a time when much of the world looked like the Led Zeppelin album Houses of the Holy.”
– Ted “Theodore” Logan

Houses of the Holy is Led Zeppelin’s best album. The word “best,” of course, is highly subjective; whatever is considered best is usually a matter of opinion and therefore highly disputable. In this case, however, it holds pretty strong. Even the most talented and ambitious bands would have a hard time topping Houses of the Holy with a greatest hits compilation. From Track 1, The Song Remains the Same, through Track 8, The Ocean, the album straight rocks. Not a bad song on it — and I’d go even further and say there’s not even a just-decent song on it. When it comes to favorite albums of all time, this one is tops in my book.

On the train ride back to New York yesterday I listened to the album twice. While listening to The Ocean on the walk back to my apartment, I wondered how that album would play out as a baseball lineup. Surely it wouldn’t go in order — Song Remains the Same is too powerful to be a leadoff hitter, and there’s no way you waste a track like The Ocean hitting eighth. No, such an analysis requires a rearrangement of the tracks.

My only problem was that there are only eight tracks on the album. Eh, so NL lineups have eight real hitters. Just assume the pitcher’s hitting ninth.

The criteria wasn’t easy to determine. Clearly, the more powerful tracks, including power ballads, are the power hitters. The songs you can listen to over and over and over again are your on-base guys. Faster songs could signify speed, but I wouldn’t want to lump slower songs into the slower hitter category, so I didn’t take this into account (and really, there aren’t any blazing songs on the album anyway). Basically, I listed the songs in order of how awesome I consider them, and then moved them around for nuance — like how The Book looks at lineups. So, without further ado:

1. The Ocean

One of the best rock riffs on the album, if not the very best. True to the statement above about OBP, I’ve listened to The Ocean more times than any other song on the album, mainly because live versions of it take rocking to a whole new level. It’s got power in that it’s one of the heavier songs on the album, but it’s not a big time power-hitter like the songs you’ll see in the Nos. 4 and 5 spots.

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2. Over the Hills and Far Away

Even if you’re not a Zep fan, you probably know Over the Hills and Far Away. It’s one of their most visible songs after Stairway to Heaven (No Stairway. Denied!). You might also know it from douchebag acoustic guitar players who play the opening lick and that’s it. Anyway, this is a No. 2 hitter like Mark Teixeira was in The Book analysis. One of the top three hitters on the team, but since it has some power it doesn’t lead off. This one obviously has tons of replay value, too.

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3. The Crunge

Where’s that confounded bridge? This is definitely the weirdest song on the album, and a personal favorite of mine. It’s all funk front to back, featuring two licks that repeat throughout (hence Plant asking where is the bridge). Also, the horn/synth on the song sounds so absurd, yet it fits in so so well. The drums are John Bonham at his finest — and that says a lot, since he had one of the best/fastest snare hands in the biz.

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4. The Song Remains the Same

This epic track opens up Houses of the Holy, and it really does set the the tone for the album. In fact, in constructing this list I knew right off the bat that Song Remains would hit cleanup. It’s a powerful track, featuring plenty of sick Jimmy Page leads, a breakdown into half time, and what is perhaps one of the coolest riffs in rock history (starts at 4:42 on the album track, not on the below-linked live version). Page recalls that it was supposed to be an instrumental at first, but Robert Plant jumped in with some lyrics (he also suggested the breakdown). I had heard somewhere that this was Jimmy Page’s response to criticism that he wasn’t as good a songwriter as Pete Townsend, but can’t find anything to back that up with multiple Google searches.

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5. Rain Song

As mentioned in the criteria, power ballad means power, and Rain Song is certainly a power ballad. In my younger days I didn’t appreciate the song nearly as much as I do today. It starts off slow, and Zeppelin is supposed to rock, went my immature reasoning. Now, though, it’s a song I can get into a groove listening to. It’s not overplayed like Stairway, which is a relief because I’d hate to have this song ruined by too much radio play and, again, douchebag guitarists. I can absolutely see Rain Song knocking in plenty of runs in the fifth slot.

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6. D’yer Mak’er

This is yet another one you probably all know. It’s Zeppelin’s foray into reggae, and I’d say it comes out quite successfully. That’s another reason I love House: it isn’t pegged into one musical genre. It doesn’t cover the spectrum like, say, London Calling, but it’s not straight blues rockers like Led Zeppelin II (though that’s easily my second favorite Zep disc). D’yer Mak’er gets play all over the place, from classic rock stations like Q104.3 to mix stations like 92.3 (sorry for you non-New Yorkers/non-New Jersians). Apparently bassist John Paul Jones didn’t dig the track, but he might be the only one. It’s one helluva groove. The only difficult part about ranking this song is that I couldn’t put it higher.

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7. Dancing Days

When I ran the idea of this post by a few people, I got multiple responses of Dancing Days as the No. 2 hitter. If this were a song written by another band on another album, it would probably be a No. 2 hitter, but on this album it’s up against stiff competition. It doesn’t have the OBP skills of The Ocean, in that I can’t listen to it ad infinitum, but it still has a killer lyrical groove. Plus, Page does some excellent work with the lead guitar accents during the verses. Also, the tone he uses for the main riff is something I’ve never been able to replicate. Bonus points for the synth/organ work.

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8. No Quarter

This was an easy designation for the No. 8 spot. It’s not that I don’t like the song, but it’s clearly the worst on an album (again, one good enough to be most bands’ greatest hits). The riff is particularly cool, but the song is a slow-paced one and doesn’t have the melodic and beautiful acoustic guitar parts to like Rain Song. Still, it’s a great listen, and the spot in the batting order is more a function of the rest of the album than it is of this song by itself. After all, someone’s got to hit eighth.

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If anyone wants to jump in on this, pick your favorite album and put it to a batting order. Don’t worry if it has 16 tracks or 8 — though 8 would probably be the minimum.

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  • Simon B.

    Careful, Joe. You’re slipping into “Pete Abe and Springsteen” territory.

    • inman

      you need to hook up with garfunkel

      • Thomas A. Anderson

        I garfunkeled your mother

        • steve (different one)

          nice.

          • Grant

            Getting Abe’d would make me refrain from doing anymore of these.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

              One of the many reasons I’m glad I’m not you.

            • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              Just because you post under a different name doesn’t mean people don’t notice when you make the same exact comment you’ve made before. It was lame the first time, too.

    • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      I think he’s got a few hundred posts describing concerts and fawning praise before he hits “Pete Abe and Springsteen” territory.

      • steve (different one)

        since i like the Boss, his Springsteen asides don’t bother me (it is his blog).

        i’m more fed up with his blind A-Rod hatred.

        not that there aren’t legitimate criticisms of A-Rod, but this:

        I would suggest that if the Yankees did not have Alex, they would be far more likely to win. His 24 + 1 mentality is not conducive to championship play. I realize it’s spring training, but the Yankees have looked terrific.

        They’re a much better team when they aren’t sitting around waiting for him to hit a home run.

        just breaks the stupidity meter.

        • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Yeah I agree, I should have made it clear that I don’t care if Pete Abe wants to write about Springsteen, it’s his blog and he brings his own flavor to it and that’s fine with me. I only meant that there’s a difference between writing one music-related (and loosely baseball-related) post and writing hundreds of them.

          (And re: the A-Rod stuff, obviously I agree with you. Terrible.)

  • John

    Wow! What an unique post! Seriously, you cannot find this type of insightful yet creative post anywhere else.

  • Drew

    Nobody in the 9 slot?

    • Jack

      My only problem was that there are only eight tracks on the album. Eh, so NL lineups have eight real hitters. Just assume the pitcher’s hitting ninth.

  • Thomas

    While I prefer Quadrophenia (at 17 song it would be pretty difficult to do and as a concept album its order is pretty perfect), I’ll do Who’s Next. BTW both albums are superior to any by Zeppelin just like the Who is superior in both its parts and its sum.

    1. Bargain – Starts slow before really coming alive
    2. My Wife – Somehow couldn’t make Entwistle’s solo album, but is considered his best work
    3. Baba O’Riley – Second best on album, beloved by all
    4. Won’t Get Fooled Again – Clearly their best work, a true masterpiece in all facets
    5. Behind Blue Eyes – Daltrey’s great vocals with some of Townsend’s best lyrics
    6. Going Mobile – Good solo, fast pace
    7. Getting in Tune – Powerful vocal, great song
    8. The Song is Over – Good, but lacks speed and power so it bats 8
    9. Love Ain’t For Keeping – Weakest song, but still good

  • Joey

    Awesome job Joe, haven’t listened to the album in a little bit, like you heard it “ad infinitum” for years and don’t want to say got sick of it, but a little tired. Agree with John above, unique stuff like this along with awesome break downs and analysis of the Yanks and baseball keep me coming back (hourly, or minute-ly most days). Also the crazy (fun) commenters like pat, all the steves, Mike Pop, Jamal, and that snarky irrelevant non-sequitor guy.

    • Thomas

      “that snarky irrelevant non-sequitor guy.”

      I believe his name is DonnieBaseballHallOfFame.

      • Joey

        that those snarky irrelevant non-sequitor guys.

        • Joey

          damn HTML formatting, it looked fine in the preview. That is supposed to have a strikethrough

  • Rich

    I actually like Zeppellin eve more as time has past. I can listen to “Going to California” or “Misty Mountain Hop” every couple of weeks.

  • John D

    this is one of the oddest, yet smartest and best posts I’ve ever read on RAB. love it. great idea. and yes, LZII is absolutely flippin’ incredible — Bring it on Home hits 4th

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    I felt almost compelled to go with a Paramore album, but I decided against it and decided to offer something unique: Marc Anthony’s Valió la Pena, the best salsa album of my generation. You can take a listen to all eight tracks here: http://tinyurl.com/d2kqsl

    #1 Valió la Pena
    Honestly, how can this track not lead-off? Even if you have never heard any sort of salsa music before, there’s no way you can not listen to this track and not feel the urge to grab the nearest chick and give your body to the rhythm. Simply put, this song puts you in the mood for the whole album.

    #2 Se Esfuma Tu Amor
    A very popular song on this awesome album, this song is the perfect in-between track between your high-energy, lead-off tune and your big boppers that will soon follow. Excellent song to sing along to while you spin your chick in eighteen different directions. Oh, and the great backup singers show that this track works well with others (i.e., knows how to “move the runner over”).

    #3 Ahora Quien
    No question the best song on this album is hitting in the most important spot. This song has the drama, flare, power and aura that every centerpiece of a lineup employs. It’s really just an awesome fucking track. You know how some of you hope to see a tit or two pop out when watching a chick dance to salsa music? Yeah, this is that tune.

    #4 Tu Amor Me Hace Bien
    This song is the ultimate dance track on the entire album. When everybody is all loose and get their asses on the floor, this is the song that blasts. The instrumental solos and “shout outs” of Anthony throughout the song is purely for crowd appreciation, or moving those runners along the basepaths.

    #5 Escapémonos
    This track is a real heavy hitter. Combining the vocal talents of Anthony and spouse Jennifer Lopez, this song may not move a dance floor like the former two songs, but it will get those old school salsa dancers still on the floor to enjoy a nice duet for a couple to enjoy.

    #6 Amigo
    Honestly, although being a personal favorite of mine, this track is not as dance-centric or lyrically enthusiastic as some of the other songs on this awesome album. However, that said, for a big fan of salsa, this track delivers in that it provides an easy song to associate with and provides enough flare so that you can have that one final chance of asking that chick to dance who has been sitting at the table all by her lonesome (or give you that final chance to drive in those runs with a middle-of-the-order stick).

    #7 Lamento Borincano
    Ah, this is a song that you expect to hear at the end of the night. This is the song that you expect to hear as you are walking her home and just enjoying the memories of a fun-filled evening. Nothing worthy of dancing to or even singing along with, but it does provide a little flare towards the final minute to put a little smile on your face, and not be a total weak-noodle with the bat.

    #8Volando Entre Tus Brazos
    This song definitely signals the end. However, I am batting it 8th because it can serve as a secondary lead-off hitter of sorts. It’s slow enough that the person who speaks Spanish as a secondary language can comfortably enjoy, but has the rhythm that any salsa enthusiast can get along with. It has some dance, it has some sing-along factor, and it all just meshes perfectly well – just not as good as the great tracks of this album. Oh, and it also has a nice sendoff towards the end if you want to be that douche who is dancing whilst everyone is looking for their coats, hats and bags.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Propagandhi – Today’s Empires, Tomorrow’s Ashes

    1. Mate Ka Moris Ukun Rasik An
    2. March of the Crabs
    3. Back to the Motor League
    4. Purina Hall of Fame
    5. Albright Monument, Baghdad
    6. Ladies Nite In Loserville
    7. With Friends Like These
    8. Ordinary People Do Fucked Up Things

    Is there a better guitar solo to end a punk album than the one at the end of PHOF? I don’t think so.

    • tretiak

      If you’re going to do an album line-up of a punk rock band, I’d go with Bad Religion.

      1. No Control
      2. Against the Grain
      3. Suffer
      4. Stranger than Fiction
      5. Recipe for Hate
      6. The Empire Strikes First
      7. New Maps of Hell
      8. Generator
      9. The Process of Belief (platooning with The Gray Race)

      The solo that ends Modern Day Catastrophists doesn’t end Recipe for Hate, but it would be an amazing end to it.

  • Jacob

    I’ll be the first to do a rap album, with what I consider to be the greatest rap album ever made: Ready to Die.

    1. Me and My Bitch
    2. Suicidal Thoughts
    3. Juicy
    4. Who Shot Ya
    5. Ready to Die
    6. Gimme the Loot
    7. Big Poppa
    8. Things Done Changed
    9. Everyday Struggle

    Sure some tracks have been overplayed (Big Poppa, Juicy, etc) but as far as rap lyrics it simply doesn’t get any better. And Who Shot Ya is perhaps one of the most intimidating songs ever written. a 3-4-5 of Juicy, Who Shot Ya, and Ready to Die I liken to going Sizemore, A-Rod (pardon the pun),and Pujols. Is some of it over played? Sure. But like Joe said about the Zepplin album, I would venture that there isn’t even a “just decent” song on the album.

    • Joey

      very nice, would definitely add “Warning” somewhere in there, but don’t know what to remove, all masterpieces in themselves

    • EDUB

      I like the list here. Only gripe would be Suicidal Thoughts. Really good and original song with good lyrics I’m just not sure where it fits. Maybe the 9 hole for me? Tough choice

  • http://statspeak.net dan

    Actually 92.3 isn’t K-Rock anymore. It’s some new station that plays shitty pop. I almost crashed my car when I came home for spring break, turned on K-Rock and heard Rihanna.

    • Rick in Boston

      I had the same issue when WNEW switched to the Opie & Anthony station in the late-90’s/early-00’s.

      • Yankeegirl49

        I find it so hard to fathom that NYC has less rock stations than say…the Jersey shore.
        Im thankful for my Ipod & XM radio. I wont listen to the pop trash and Q104 has a library of maybe 100 songs. How many times can I listen to Layla, Won’t Get Fooled Again and Stairway to Heaven in one day?

  • Jonathan

    Okay, Radiohead’s “Kid A” has 10 songs and is one of my favorites by them…
    a1. Everything In It’s Right Place – OBP machine, live and on my stereo
    2. Optimistic – The ‘single'; good all-around song
    3. The National Anthem – Great, muscle-y song; attacks you
    4. Idioteque – Best/Strongest/most consistent song of theirs
    5. Morning Bell – Strong hitter but not as strong as others
    6. In Limbo – One of my faves on the album, but weird. Decent hard hitter
    7. Motion Picture Soundtrack – Not a lotta contact but surprises you with the harps
    8. Kid A – Nothing exceptional but a grinder, like Gardner
    9. Treefingers/How To Disappear Completely – Platoon=Treefingers is the replacement-level, not very noticeable guy; HTDC has moments of brilliance but a lot of ups and downs

    • Jonathan

      “a1.” ???? means “1.”

      • Jonathan

        dude, stop replying to your own comment

  • Yankeegirl49

    Just for the record…I freakin love this post.
    Great job Joe!!!

  • Landon Alger

    Mellon Collie and Infinite Sadness

    1. Zero
    2. F*** You (An Ode to No One)
    3. Thru the Eyes of Ruby
    4. Bullet With Butterfly Wings
    5. Tonight, Tonight
    6. 1979
    7. Where Boys Fear to Tread
    8. Beautiful
    9. Thirty-Three

  • Rick in Boston

    I’m with you Joe – that is by far my favorite Zeppelin album. Well, now I know what I’m listening to on the way to work today. Great job!

  • Mike Mussina

    Just so we all don’t make Robert Plant roll his eyes, its NOT pronounced ‘Die-err maker’. It’s supposed to be a condensed version of ‘did ya make her?’.

    If you don’t get what that means, this was the late 60’s early 70’s, think Austin Powers.

    • Yankeegirl49

      Its closer to Ja-Maica than it is to Die-err maker.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Exactly. ‘Did-ya make er?’ Say that real fast and comes out ‘Jamaica’.

        • Yankeegirl49

          This song is probably in my top 5 Zep songs.

    • Mike Mussina

      Damn, I do one goof post as Mike and now I can’t get rid of him.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        DIE!! DIE MOOSE DIE!!!!

    • steve (different one)

      They used to think it was so cute
      When she said “Dyer Maker”
      All the boys knew it was a joke about Jamaica

      • Colin

        this post gets a thumbs up. they’re easily my favorite band followed closely by zep

  • Yankeegirl49

    Mine..Metallica-Kill Em All. Not my fave album ever (could NEVER pick one) and not even my fave Metallica album, but the songs kick ass and its up there as one of the best debut metal releases.

    1. Jump In The Fire
    2. Hit the Lights
    3. Seek and Destroy
    4. Whiplash
    5. No Remorse
    6. The Four Horsemen
    7. Phantom Lord
    8. Motorbreath
    9. Metal Militia

    The reissue had 2 more songs I would have switched in for a couple of these, but Im using the original release.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      Kill Em All is so underrated. I’d have hit Four Horsemen higher, but the top 6 are all freaking killer.

      Funny how Dave Mustaine wrote Four Horsemen and the rest of the band changed it to make it into a crunchy, heavy, driving song that really works. Then Dave leaves and starts Megadeth, records his own version of the song (Mechanix), and it pretty much sucks.

      • Yankeegirl49

        I saw Megadeath open for Slayer in a small club back in 85 or so. Dave was so full of himself and so bitter over the Metallica fiasco that when he introduced Mechanix he yelled to the crowd “You cheer when the other f**king band does this, you had better cheer now”. That was the moment we walked out. I have however, grown to like them over the years. Mustaine is a great talent.

        Kill Em All is very underrated. I still have the original “No Life Till leather demo, which became Kill Em All…on cassette.

        • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

          I got that demo stored away too. Kill ‘em all is by far the best Metallica album out there. they fell off a cliff after …and Justice for All. The original Garage Days from 86 (not that crappy newer one) was pretty damn good. The Wait is a ridiculously amazing song.

          Motorbreath should be 3 with 4horseman next then Phantom Lord.

        • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

          Did you know the reason it was called Kill ‘em All was because they wanted to call it Metal Up Your Ass, but the record label turned down the name, so they Chose Kill ‘em All in reference to the labels.

          • Yankeegirl49

            Yes I did…and have the Metal up your Ass T shirt ;)
            Beginning to end I like MOP the best, but my fave song is by far Whiplash.
            I can deal with the Black Album, tho not my fave and anything after that up until Death Magnetic (which I love) is trash.
            I will say this tho..no matter what they put out they put on a hell of a live show. This jan I saw them for the 40th & 41st times and have yet to see a bad one. Seeing them again in Nov at MSG.

  • Jersey

    What a great idea for a post. Nice!

    Here’s a go for me: Vitalogy, which is not necessarily my single favorite album, but it is probably my favorite album by my favorite band.

    1. Whipping – My favorite song with high personal replay-ability, and it’s fast. You want a speedster (think Ricky Henderson).
    2. Last Exit – Another fast one with high replay-ability, though not quite as fast. It’s got a little more music variation than Whipping – sound like the kind of song that can get on base or pull the hit and run (think Jeter)
    3. Corduroy – Old reliable. Has power, but has the versatility to also hit for average (i.e. Mantle)
    4. Spin the Black Circle – Bombs away (i.e. ARod)
    5. Satan’s Bed – Doesn’t have the same raw power as the previous hitter, but can still bop. Reliable, can bring the runners in, though not necessarily the home run hitter (think Tino)
    6. Not For You – This is the free-swinger. Whiffs often, but when he catches a hold of one, watch out. The fans who don’t like him refer to him as the rally-killer.
    7. Tremor Christ – This guy is quality but streaky. You never really know what he’s gonna do in a given week, but when he’s on he’s on. Not a power hitter.
    8. Immortality – It needed to go somewhere.
    9. Nothingman – Because, whether it’s the pitcher or just 9-hitter in the AL, that’s what he gives you at the plate: nothing.

    This was fun. Now I’m late for work. =)

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      I’d be fine with any batting order on Vitalogy so long as Heyfoxymophandlemamathatsme isn’t on it.

      • steve (different one)

        “Rats” is the Melky Cabrera of Vs.

    • Thomas

      I put up Ten

      1. Even Flow – Good speed, high OBP, even if you don’t like Pearl Jam chances are you enjoy this song
      2. Jeremy – In the previous lineup article it said 2nd best hitter in two hole, so I put Jeremy. Great power, high OBP, some speed as well.
      3. Black – it could be moved up to two if you want Jeremy’s power and OBP lower. Not as good as Jeremy, but still great with solid average and power.
      4. Alive – Best song on the album, the epic solo makes it the true power hitter of the team.
      5. Release – Excellent song. Sort has a sound, which would make it the veteran leader on the team. Carries power from Vedder’s fantastic vocals and well liked. (Doesn’t include the hidden track crap)
      6. Porch – Probably the most underrated song on the album. Fan’s may not always like him, but some love him. Adam Dunn type player.
      7. Deep – Dark and intense. This is your “gamer”, the guy McCarver can’t believe isn’t batting ahead of number 6 or higher. Solid average and speed just not as good as the players ahead of him.
      8. Garden – Too good for the bench, but not enough OBP to be higher.
      9. Once – The album’s last batter with speed, but is too screwed up in other ways to bat higher.

      Bench
      10. Why Go
      11. Oceans

      • Jersey

        I was thinking about Ten, and Even Flow just feels like a cleanup hitter to me. But I like your take on Once.

  • http://Thechuckknoblog.com Charlie

    If it was anyone besides Zeppelin I would have hated it. Great post!

  • steve (different one)

    are you saying that A-Rod is the Crunge? that we should put our wierdest player 3rd?

  • http://www.wiredtowns.com Short Porch

    How about by albums??

    * 1969: Led Zeppelin — Leading off
    * 1969: Led Zeppelin II — the hits just keep coming
    * 1970: Led Zeppelin III — Hammer of the Gods
    * 1971: Led Zeppelin IV — Oh yeah, oh yeah, uh, uh, uh
    * 1973: Houses of the Holy — La la na na na na la la la la la la la la laaa
    * 1975: Physical Graffiti — Da da da da da da da da da
    * 1976: Presence — Line up starts to soften — Achilles’ Last Stand?
    * 1979: The Song Remains The Same — Veteran DH

    * 1979: In Through the Out Door — your ninth hitter

    Try this with Bruce, Neil Young, Elvis Costello, Dylan….

    • steve (different one)

      i’ll do it for Bruce:

      1. Born in the USA – highest OBP, overplayed and maybe a bit overrated but definitely still brings the goods – highly polished and a little overproduced – it’s Jeter

      2. Greetings from Asbury Park – one of his best, but lacking the power of the next 2 hitters – also, his quirkiest album, never quite know what some of the lyrics are saying, aka Damon

      3. Darkness on the Edge of Town – dark and powerful record, has legitimate claim to best album status, but probably a hair short of Born to Run. Still, a fine, fine album – Teixeira

      4. Born to Run – widely accepted as the best hitter on the team, contains 3 monster hits, hits for average, power, gets on base, yet some could argue it’s a little overrated – A-Rod

      5. the River – another fine hitter, some power, sees a lot of pitches and long ABs – Posada. also, the reference to the River as Posada’s method of hand “conditioning” doesn’t hurt.

      6. Nebraska – understated excellence. underrated album. the Matsui of Bruce records

      7. the Wild, the Innocent, the E-Street Shuffle – young, raw talent. has it’s weakspots, but can still deliver the Rosalita mammoth hit – aka Cano

      8. Human Touch/Lucky Town – controversial selection, as these were done without the E Street Band. some glaring weaknesses for sure (57 channels?), but despite the arguments, these records do have some things they do very well and are probably underrated because of it. these are the Nady/Swisher of Bruce records. no one is quite sure what to do with them.

      9. the Rising – the album that came out of nowhere and gave people exactly what they needed at exactly the right time. definitely has its weaknesses, but people gravitite to it out of sentimentality. it’s Gardner.

      • Yankeegirl49

        Great job! Im one of the rare breeds of metal heads that LOVE Bruce. You did an outstanding job on each description.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

          Yankeegirl49, where have you been all my life?

          • Yankeegirl49

            At Yankee stadium of course..or at concerts!

      • Rick in Boston

        I’d flip-flop Darkness and Born to Run…put the more powerful Darkness in the clean up spot and have the more all-around Born to Run in the 3-hole.

        • steve (different one)

          funny that you say that, as i went back and forth a few times on this very thing.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      Ozzy:

      1. Diary of a Madman
      2. No More Tears – Second best album. Zakk Wylde rips.
      3. No Rest for the Wicked – Zakk’s first, underrated
      4. Blizzard of Ozz – is there any question?
      5. Randy Rhoads Tribute/Live & Loud – only going with one live album
      6. Ozzmosis – so many good songs. underrated and better than most 80s Ozzy
      7. Bark At The Moon
      8. The Ultimate Sin
      9. Down to Earth – the musical equivalent of a Cleveland Steamer

      • Yankeegirl49

        I like!

      • steve (different one)

        Randy Rhoads = Jeter
        Zakk Wyle = A-Rod
        Jack E. Lee = Nady

        • Yankeegirl49

          Is that a shot at randy? ;)

          • steve (different one)

            like Randy, Jeter is a surefire hall of famer. however, b/c of the circumstances, even if Wylde were a better player than Rhoads, there are a large percentage of people who would never admit it.

            Lee was a stopgap, who played with 3-4 teams/bands before his (relatively brief) time with Ozzie. solid, but not a superstar.

            i’m not a huge Ozzie fan, but that is my quick take on it.

            • Flipper

              Jake E. Lee is Aaron Boone. Mid-season rental who will always be remembered for one signature moment. His solo on Bark at the Moon = Boone’s Game 7 home run.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Stones

      1. Beggars Banquet – Great all around album. Has one of their most under rated song in “Jigsaw Puzzle”

      2. Sticky Fingers – Could bat 3rd or 4th in most teams line-up, but on this talent-laden team, hits second (like Tex in The Book?).

      3. Let It Bleed – Could hit 3rd or 4th. Solid all around.

      4. Exile On Main Street – Some might bat it 3rd, but due to sheer power (double album), gets the clean up nod from me.

      5. Some Girls – Very versatile “comeback” album after a few misses.

      6. Goats Head Soup – Another great under the radar song in Star Star (aka Star F*cker).

      7. Aftermath – Their “breakout” album from top 40. Under My Thumb was a hit w/ Stones fans 6 years before the MSM picked up on it with its re-release on Hot Rocks.

      8. Emotional Rescue – Weakest hitter bats 9th, but still has several excellent tracks.

  • Colin

    Another congats on the post. when i loaded up the page this morning zep was the last thing i expected to see. good to know you have just as good a taste in music as you do in baseball. houses of the holy is my fav too

  • Yankeegirl49

    Iron Maiden

    1. Piece of Mind
    2. Iron Maiden
    3. Killers
    4. Number of the Beast (was there any doubt?)
    5. Powerslave
    6. Somewhere in Time
    7. No Prayer for the Dying
    8. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
    9. Brave New World

    • Stormrider6

      That’s a damn solid line-up, especially considering if you need some late inning defense (couple of good songs, but not as solid) you can bring in Dance of Death or Matter of Life and Death. Also, I’d flip Iron Maiden and Powerslave, but I’m more of a Bruce fan.

      Great to see some love for metal and Bruce – I’m not the only one!

      • Yankeegirl49

        Im more of a Bruce fan as well, but Im gonna give Di’Anno his props cause Running Free and Sanctuary are 2 great songs which he helped write and probably what got me into Maiden in the first place.

    • Thomas

      No Run to the Hills?

      • Yankeegirl49

        It is albums not songs, Run to the Hills is on Number of the Beast.

        • Thomas

          Should have looked at that more closely. I’ll admit that I am not a huge Maiden fan, but still should have noticed that it is album. MUSIC FAIL

  • Jogo Mez

    I like the title track much better than a couple of the songs on the Houses of the Holy album.

    The song Houses of the Holy never made it onto this album, but instead it’s on the Physical Graffiti album.

    This makes for interesting trivia though.

  • Jeff O

    Let’s take a stab at the greatest and most popular band’s albums.

    1) Revolver – probably the most all around and consistent beatle album. It was a turning point in music history and is highly re-listenable; it also motivated Brian Wilson to write Pet Sounds. This album is a Rickey Henderson type dynamic lead-of hitter that does a bit everything well.

    2) Rubber Soul – the forerunner to Revolver; almost a companion piece to Revolver (George Harrison’s memory blurred the two together, maybe because of all the drugs.) It fits in the number two hole because it has all the qualities of Revolver, but not quite as good.

    3) Abbey Road – Arguably the best record they ever made; has some strikeout tunes, but lots of homeruns and doubles. The last album they recorded together highlights some of the best individual work of each beatle, and the second side is one long extended suite. This album is the best all-around hitter with power and softer popular tunes that are high obp type tunes.

    4) Sgt. Pepper – The most popular but slightly overrated beatle album. Lennon was 27 when this was made and like a baseball player peaks at that age, so did Lennon. I’m including strawberry fields with the record proper because even the beatles considered it part of the same musical statement. McCartney was the main musical mind behind the album and it signified him taking over as the engine that drove the group, much like Gehrig did after Ruth began his decline. There are some clunkers/strikeouts on the album, but nothing in music matches the power of the ending of A day in the life. (even hard rock/heavy metal and I love that stuff, maybe the end of Wont get fooled again is close.)

    5) White Album – Another popular and rocking album, albeit with several lesser songs. It’s the perfect 5 hitter because it has all the power to knock in the runs that Sgt Pepper didn’t get home, but strikes out enough times that it should be lower in the order. If this list represents an all time yankee lineup, the white album is definitely ARod; popular at times, reaches great heights of excellence, but was filled with controversy and struggle when making the record. It’s really a collection of solo work from the fab four and that would coincide with the ups and downs of ARod.

    6) A hard day’s night – The peak of the lovable mop top era and very popular with some rocking tunes. This album was the last of the simple, but catchy pop tunes, but had signs of their growing maturity. I’m not as a big a fan of the early beatle work, but no one can deny how popular and how important those songs are in the history of rock and roll. It bats sixth because it’s a great record but not quite as artful or powerful as the top of the order but has a high OBP and some fast tunes; it’s a top-notch doubles hitter.

    7) Help! – The beginning of the jump to more serious material; yesterday, help, you’ve got to hide your love away mark a distinct leap from I wanna hold your hand in terms of songcraft, while not losing the catchy melodies that made them stars. The album has some holes/strikeouts and lacks power and speed, but it’s a solid album and might even be better than Hard Day’s night at it’s high points, but not as consistent so it slips to the 7 hole.

    8) Let it be – One of the weakest beatle records but had some great and powerful tunes. I’m going with the new theory that your weakest hitter should bat in the 8th spot, so that your 9 hitter can link up better to the top of the order. I also considered putting some of the early beatle albums like Please, please, me or meet the beatles, or beatles for sale here, but most of the good tunes were released as singles. Let it be is the aging catcher/dh that can still get a hold of one from time to time, but lacks the consistent bat needed to be higher in the lineup.

    9) Past masters vol 1 and vol 2 – Kind of unfair to put two compilation records on the list, but it collects all of the great singles that the beatles released throughout their career. Plenty of power in there, but I’m taking the term “singles” literally and I’m putting the best collection of singles in the 9 hole to tie in to the top of the order.

  • Malcard89

    No way that Houses of the Holy is better than Led Zeppelin IV. The first four tracks (Black Dog, Rock and Roll, Battle of Evermore, and Stairway to Heaven) is like a baseball lineup already. Starting with Black Dog, that album simply pummels you into submission at Page’s greatness.

  • SS

    No love for the Joshua Tree?

    1. Bullet the Blue Sky
    2. Running to Stand Still (only because it always comes after Bullet the Blue Sky)
    3. With or Without You
    4. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (is there a better song to describe A-Rod?)
    5. Where the Streets Have No Name
    6. In God’s Country
    7. Red Hill Mining Town
    8. One Tree Hill
    9. Trip Through Your Wires

    Bench:
    10. Exit
    11. Mothers of the Disappeared.

  • http://alisonkpclw.livejournal.com/ MLM Distributor

    Dang, Zakk is undoubtedly a freaking wonderful guitar player. My brother in law maintained indicating to everybody I needed to look him up at Youtube.com and dang is unbelievable