Ronan’s Track of the Week (23 October 2017)

My Track of the Week, from last week’s show, is Led Zeppelin’s ‘When the Levee Breaks’. Originally written in 1929 by Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie, the Zeppelin version was released in 1971 and recorded in late 1970 using the Rolling Stones’ mobile studio. It was quite heavily produced, with lots of effects such as backward echo harmonica and a slowed down recording which gave the track its distinctive sound – so much so that it proved tricky for the band to reproduce something similar in live performances. You’ll find the track on Led Zeppelin 4, which to be understated about it is a rather good album… The original song lyrics were about the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, strangely apt considering the weather we’ve been having in Cork these past few weeks.


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