The TRUTH Behind Led Zeppelin: When The Levee Breaks

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|Jake|C| : A game of telephone put to rest, really interesting video.

Charlie Zxi : Okay, Rick, fair enough. Could you please tell us, though- Where’s that confounded bridge?

Doggy : The microphones dipped in unicorn tears sounds way more plausible to me. You are wrong Rick Beato!

Bigsurjay : Yeah, but the mics were definitely dipped in unicorn tears.

trev dowson : Best drum sound ever, the legend of the myth continues.

FreddysFrets : Also, just the fact that the echo is about 225 ms would mean if it was a natural time delay in a room the mics would have to be about 250 feet from the source.

SpikeFlea : LOL, well, you just unveiled and laid out the utter idiocy of social media and its partakers. Congrats! “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.” - Bertrand Russell

Sean Bowen : Regardless of how it was recorded, when my band plays it live I "play" the echoes in the intro so the crowd recognizes the song. 🤘🏼🤘🏼

Howard Beale : I'm no sound engineer, but I'm having a really hard time understanding how anyone thought that effect was done without manipulation. No way in hell is there going to be such a clean, crisp, and loud echo naturally in that space. And speaking of going back to the old days of message boards, this is was pure pwnage (video games first, message boards second).

Joe 30 pack : I heard Shelia E was backing him up with a Ludwig kit bought on Craigslist and was just a tick behind, thus the echo.

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

Anthony Sacco : As a DJ on a classic rock station in the 1990's, I once got a request phone call from a guy who wanted to hear this particular great tune, as it was the perfect song to "cook spaghetti to".......

mrytb : Another little known fact is that the original recording was played faster....It was slowed down a whole tone, From G down to F. Notice the open G slide guitar tuning is now F. The "C" harmonica played blues cross-style for G is now Bb for F. This has a powerful effect on the groove. You can speed it up to its original key and listen to it.... It will sound strange.

David Anber Criminal Lawyer : I all of a sudden want to see a band record a song in a multi-story stairwell with micing as goes the lore

David Ryder : You're encouraging people not to just repeat stuff they hear on social media, but rather go out and research first to ensure accuracy? The internet would implode, dude.

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

508,888,756 views : hmm who do i believe? jimmy page or...these guys.?

Chad Johnson : I heard “In the air tonight” was about a guy that drowned a friend of Phil Collins in front of him at a beach when Phil was a kid!

toddvandell85 : Kinda like the urban legend regarding Bonzo's drums on "D'yer Maker" which appeared in several rock magazines and various interviews with sound engineers who claimed they set up John's kit in a cave with this really lovely echo and a few mics and away he went. Just based on this video, I imagine it was the Binson Echoec (which sure looks an awful lot like the old Echoplex tape repeat echo) in reality yet again. Maybe it isn't an urban legend after all. Maybe they did crawl into a cave and set the drums up in there and record them in there. But in reality? It was probably a lot more mundane location than a cave. That Binson sure does make things sound like a cave. Even though it probably was not.

Kevin Bowers : Rick Beato(ff)

Max D : 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.

Ed Young : Well done Sir!

Scott Lawrence Whitman : Okay Dr. B., what type of explosives did Keith Moon use when The Who played My Generation on The Smothers Brothers Show 51 years ago 9/17/67? 😎

JP VanDërBilt : Rick Beato makes a small error when he implies that Page was too big at this point to stoop to sound engineering tasks like setting up mics. Yes, Page obviously had a sound engineer working for him, but Page was 3 things: 1) an amazing guitarist, 2) an amazing songwriter, and 3) an amazing sound engineer. Page was a control freak on audio quality and technique, and he was directing Andy Johns as to what & how & where. Was it Andy Johns actual fingers that were placing the mics? Yes, of course, but so what. It was Page’s ear, Page’s techniques and Page’s direction that Andy Johns was following. In the Andy Johns clip, does he sound like he’s taking most of the credit? Of course, that’s what people do. But go back and read Page biographies and interviews, he was obsessed with sound engineering and had more experience (and a better ear) than most actual engineers.

The Real Eric Brandt : This argument is almost as annoying as people opinions on gun control

BD : And on this episode of MythBusters...

Rogerio Ferrari : Mystery solved!

Abraham Esparza : Pearl Jam Immortality

jsnification : there was a blurb about this in the first box set which i still have. page always wants to keep things a mystery. he's purposely obtuse about these things to keep the magic alive. case in point, "the song remains the same" soundtrack album. the songs are heavily edited with different performances, crowd recordings and engineering effects to achieve the "perfect live performance".

David Mohr : Great job Brother love history like this :-)

Robert Houtsch : Wait... no unicorn tears? I signed up for unicorn tears, damnit :(

Tom Cass : Misinformation about all things runs rampant on the internet. Just like Rick says, if you read or hear something research it for the truth before you repeat it.

David Angell : your life is really sad. Made a video of internet comments, connected to a LZ song as if conspiracy theory. Am a drummer, so of course will hear it out. Mostly, cause I'm bored.

a weekback : I love it!!!!......I tell all my students about you,they love it! Can you please do a breakdown of "Be My Baby" The Ronettes... Thank you for all your knowledge much appreciated

Rob Robbins : Here is another bit of info. The track was originally recorded in the key of G and the tape was slowed down to make the key on the record F.

Good Comment Man : This is what you call a “mic drop” moment by Rick. :) Great stuff as usual.

macabre2007 : OK to sort it out, no one is wrong, just some people misinterpreted explanations regarding the sound to imply the natural reverb echo myth. the sound before echo is what Page is referring to, not the final processed sound, the tone part of the ingredient of the final sound, which also was exceptionally compressed. It was about getting as much wetness (sound carriage) as could be achieved by drums, they still have to sound good in the mix of course.

Finom1 : Led Zeppelin: did you cover Good Times Bad Times???

Doug : I totally believe what the recording engineer says he did, but to me it’s odd that the echo seems to only occur on the downbeat of 1 (the “E” of 1-e-&-uh), but nowhere else in the bar, at least not that I can hear. I’m guessing echo was on the bass drum mic only, but cut in/cut out as needed? How could it be so isolated? I’m a bass player, but play drums enough to play this beat, and its just as easy to play 2 16th notes on the bass drum, with the second one less forcefully, seemingly the same effect.

joey ramirez : THE question: why can't all you expert-jizbags just STF up and enjoy the gifted talent that anyone can hear? Like trekkers arguing which season the Romulans came about. Fucksake, why parse stuff down to something that doesn't matter? Nobody is impressed or could care less. The real conundrum is why that guy in the pajama top has black hair but an old face? Like Tom Selleck or Manafort, don't they have mirrors? Beardo here and Pagey just go with the clock and let time rock. Bonham used an Xbox anyway.

camerado2be : This, ladies and gentlemen, is why I watch Beato...

substrate001 : Very interesting, Rick. As a drummer, this was fascinating look into how that sound was really created! As a self-inflicted [sic] recording engineer, it was extremely illuminating to see how something so timeless can be created with such simple set-up.

WhiteFeather : Larry Silverstein "Just Pull it". A man that has to be questioned about 911. He knew....

DMSProduktions : Rick, the internet is FULL of 'experts', (along with religious nihilists, terrorists and paedophiles!) I did EXACTLY what you did back in about 1988! 2 small condenser mics in an echoey room. Then I added a spring reverb (REAL) and analogue delay and NAILED it exactly! Delay was definitely used on that track!

Tim Beaton : Actually what should have been the clue to the use of a delay device, is that the echoes are set to a 16th note time. You would have to have been in a much larger room, to get that delay time. That the REVERB is all due to the hallway is almost certainly naturally occurring unicorn tear soaked walls. Not. PS...actually at a very rough estimate, the 16th notes are at approx 1/5 sec. 0r 0.2 sec apart. Sound travels at approx 1100 fps, so 0.2 x 1100 is 220 feet, so, if my figures are anywhere near right, the nearest wall to get that time delay would have to be about 110 feet away for the round trip to get that timing for the echo. Don't think Headley Grange, lovely building that i'm sure it is, could have been that big. An aircraft hanger, maybe!

MJ Snosk8er : First video in the MixBusters series! More plz...

Patrick .London : someone said to me years ago that a biog of zep said the 'bass' drum sound was recorded 'through' a long rolled up carpet, giving it a real boom sound each time JB hit the base pedal . The snare doesn't have a matching echo timing on it, so....therefore...it seems that the bass pedal sound was reaching up the hallway to the higher level mic's , whilst the snare was, either in post, or at the time of recording, only putting out a non echo single snare hit sound.anyway, im gonna put it on full blast now, and check again, brb

The MaintenanceMan : you should work for CNN . they need help finding the real stories. great job.

gary bowman : OMG!!! It sounds like our political arenas, the left uses Illusory Truth and perpetuates falsehoods and even though they are debunked over and over they persist in fallacious dissimilating, sorry for getting political, Zeppelin is great....

Don Johnson : Great video bro. Thanks. Funny comments...we used an 8 track for echo in a 1979 band I was in Sweet Poison✌👊😎