Tuesday, January 03, 2006

When the levee breaks...

...by Led Zeppelin has to be the song that I've been in love with for the longest period of time. And I can't think of another cover that sounded SO MUCH better than the original.

Here's some interesting trivia about the song from a Wikipedia page that explains why this song sounds so different from anything else.

"The famous drum performance was actually recorded by placing the drumkit and drummer at the bottom of a stairwell at Headley Grange, and recording it using a microphone three stories above, giving the distinctive resonant but slightly muffled sound. "

"Jimmy Page recorded the harmonica part using the backward echo technique, putting the echo ahead of the sound when mixing, creating a unique effect."

4 comments:

Dr. Pissed said...

I can. What about the Dead's version of "Me and Bobby McGee"?
Really loved their version far better than Kris's..

jax said...

Neat piece of trivia man! I *knew* this wasn't recorded justlikethat.

Have you heard the acoustic live version by Plant? Nothing compared to the original, but worth a try.

Anonymous said...

Oooh! Cel(lar)tic mujic!

nutty

Deppe said...

@ dr.pissed : Better than the one rendered by Janis Joplin???? whoa, gotta hear this one!

@ jax : Send it to moi, buddy. another piece of trivia. Whenever I hear this song the picture in my mind is of the highway to Pondicherry and Pacchi's I-just-swallowed-a-toad look!

@ nutty : like basement jaxx ! :-) sorry bad one!