Label: Atlantic - 7208-C • Format: Cassette Album, Club Edition • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Blues Rock, Hard Rock, Classic Rock
The lyrics reflect experiences during the upheaval caused by the Great Mississippi Flood of Singer Robert Plant used When The Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin - Untitled of the original lyrics and the songwriting is credited to Memphis Minnie and the individual members of Led Zeppelin.
Ethel Douglas, Minnie's sister-in-law, recalled that Minnie was living with her family near Walls, Mississippiwhen the levee broke in Despite the tragedy, biographers also see in it a statement of rebirth. Columbia issued the song on the then-standard 78 rpm phonograph recordwith "That Will Be Alright", another vocal performance by McCoy, on the flip-side in August or June Led Zeppelin recorded "When the Levee Breaks" for their untitled fourth album.
Before the released version, Led Zeppelin attempted the song twice. Prior to relocating to Headley Grange, they tried unsuccessfully to record it at Island Studios at the beginning of the recording sessions for their fourth album. Page and John Paul Jones based their guitar and bass lines on the original song. A Binson Echoreca delay effects unitwas also used. Portions of the song were recorded at a different tempo, then slowed down, explaining the "sludgy" sound, particularly on the harmonica and guitar solos.
He argued that, because it plays like an authentic blues song and "has the grandeur of a symphonic crescendo", their version both transcends and dignifies "the quasi-parodic overstatement and oddly cerebral mood of" their past blues songs. Bonham's drum D. C. LaRue* - Ca-The-Drals is one of the most widely sampled in popular music. A different version of the song can be found on the second disc of the remastered two-disc deluxe edition of Led Zeppelin IVreleased in This mix runswhile the original runs This version features a faster tempo and a different arrangement than the final version.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the blues song. For the T. For dike failures, see Levee breach. This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Louder Sound. Retrieved August 13, Future Publishing. Retrieved 28 October Vintage King. Retrieved 29 November Retrieved August 17, Financial Times. Led Zeppelin songs. Led Zeppelin. Scandinavia U. Discography Songs Awards and nominations Bootlegs Cover versions by others Led Zeppelin songs written or inspired by others. Book Category. Hidden categories: Articles with short description Articles with hAudio microformats Articles needing additional references from August All articles needing additional references.
Owner Of A Lonely Heart - AndersonPonty Band - Better Late Than Never, So Sad The Song - Gladys Knight And The Pips - Spotlight On Gladys Knight And The Pips, Green, Green Grass Of Home - Various - The Great Country Love Songs Volume 1 (8-Track Cartridge), Somehow, I Manage - Caskitt - This Machine Kills Sadness, Imago 1 - Willem Pijper - Merlijn