The TRUTH Behind Led Zeppelin: When The Levee Breaks

  • Опубліковано 16 вер 2018
  • Demystifying John Bonham's drum sound on "When The Levee Breaks".
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  • *TheVoxOfReason*
    *TheVoxOfReason* 4 роки тому +8

    You're all wrong. Bonzo recorded the drums in Valhalla using Thor's hammer, beating on the hulls of Viking long boats.

  • slick willie
    slick willie Рік тому +686

    Can't help but point out how interesting it is that here we are 50 years later discussing how a drummer achieved a certain sound on a single song.

  • CC
    CC Рік тому +41

    It was actually recorded in the Grand Canyon. The drums were constructed of titanium from a Russian satellite that’d failed to burn up on reentry. The microphones were suspended from hot air balloons. The old pieces of the drum kit are still down there somewhere.

  • tempviduse
    tempviduse Рік тому +231

    A lot of people here are talking about hearing this track as a teenager in the 70’s. I heard it as a teenager in 2018 for the first time and was in immediate awe of the drums and the harmonica. The slide played guitar is also fantastic and jpj’s bass work is bar none. All these decades later teenagers are still shook by this track

  • Terence Rucker
    Terence Rucker Рік тому +628

    Wait, you're saying that you, an actual producer, understand production better than us laypeople?? That's crazy talk!

  • James Bond
    James Bond Рік тому +49

    I think what the stairwell gave to the sound is a space. So it adds a lot to the overall sound and opens it up. I think since then a lot of musicians have been recording drums in all sorts of places. One thing missing from some of the modern day drummers is what RObert Plant said about Bonzo's playing. He could adjust the volume when hitting any of the batter heads or cymbals according to how they wanted it recorded. He had his own built in volume meter. That requires a lot of sensitivity and touch in playing. Everyone thinks he is this massively powerful over the top drummer ...which he was capable of doing ...but he was also much more than that. Groove ..feel ...imagination ....a lot of qualities of a jazz and funk drummer in there too.

  • Pat Flanigan
    Pat Flanigan 4 роки тому +1

    Rick you just invited a new series! I'd watch hours of you demystifying music industry myths of all sorts!

  • Mickey Bitsko
    Mickey Bitsko Рік тому +331

    Another way to debunk the story: Time the "echo", take the speed of sound at that altitude, and calculate the distance required. Headley Grange isn't big enough. Not even close. It's a house, not the Superdome.

  • Andrew Trotter
    Andrew Trotter Рік тому +1

    It was obviously done with at least some electronic effects, but I believe the location still had an effect on the sound and certainly the vibe of the record. Legend and myth are part of why we love our music heroes. I’ve been to Jimmy’s Old Mill House where Bonham died (okay, stood at the end of the drive and met the housekeeper after buzzing the gate). Headley Grange is an iconic name in Zeppelin lore, just like Bron-Yr-Aur. I think these sites gave the boys inspiration.

  • Rusty Gold

    40 years later and I learn how it was done. I can't believe all those 40 years of media platforms and no one covers this same format of retelling the stories behind album classics

  • Unknown403error

    my father introduced Led Zeppelin to me in 2005 when i was a teenager...i was in to drums before because of John Bonham,..he is the reason i listened to Zeppelin, i play a guitar and still he is one of my fav. musician of all time..i dont know why but he just got those kinda aura...a magician performing his marvelous tricks or an amazing artist painting the perfect sky....Kashmir was always my fav. from their songs

  • djtoona
    djtoona Рік тому +5

    Andy Johns is still one of the most respected audio engineers in rock history. He started by working with Eddie Kramer recording Jimi Hendrix. Then he became engineer and mixer for the Blind Faith debut. Then Ten Years After, Humble Pie, Free, Jethro Tull, Mott the Hoople, Jack Bruce, Renaissance, Traffic, Stephen Stills, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Joni Mitchell, and the Rolling Stones (Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main Street, Goats Head Soup, & It's Only Rock and Roll) and Led Zeppelin ( II, III, IV/Zoso, Houses of the Holy, Physical Graffiti, & Coda) RIP

  • TheStabbyCyclist
    TheStabbyCyclist 4 роки тому +558

    Correction Rick. It's a little known fact, but Bonham's drums on When The Levee Breaks were actually recorded on the Moon with the mics set up in the fourth and fifth dimensions to create that famous sound. At least that's what my buddy's stoner cousin's uncle's cat said.

  • Anthony Strother
    Anthony Strother Рік тому +120

    Bonzo said, “ ok drums, this is what I need to hear from you” and the drums, drummed. And Bonzo was pleased.

  • Douglas Seitz
    Douglas Seitz Рік тому

    Sounds like a combination of the two. Distance miking and the echo machine. An absolute massive sound and iconic. I'm a guitarist but can appreciate a master musician. Bonham has no equal.

  • Knight on Bald Mountain
    Knight on Bald Mountain Рік тому +5

    Zeppelin’s finest track. From the iconic opening of Bonham on drums to the bluesy harmonica complete with reverse echo, and the droning of Jimmy’s guitar it resonates with all the power of the Delta Blues, only on steroids.

  • Aaron Adams

    I read the REAL story on a BBS in 1995 from a guy who worked in Chicago at a guitar store with Led Zeppelin's favorite roadie. Bonzo rolled the drums one at a time down the stairs. He put the drum sticks inside the snare and the pedal inside the kick drum so they'd bounce around. The stairs were just the right size and height, and the landings came at just the right time to create the rhythm. Also, the staircase goes both directions, so if you listen very hard, you can tell when the drums are rolling down and when they're rolling up the stairway.

  • Ray Quintal

    Bonzo is up there with a pint of beer in hand. Just smiling at how he is still being mentioned 40 years later and probably will be 40 years to come.

  • sk
    sk 4 роки тому +67

    "The most known drum sound in rock history" - And not just rock, the number of times it has been sampled is a testament to the beauty of its sound. And, of course, to Bonzo.

  • Daniel Julian
    Daniel Julian Рік тому +9

    You go, Rick. You're not the only one battling misinformation spreading on the internet. Debunk like it's 2020 or later.