on June 23, 2013
This song has such a powerful and strong opening, thanks to John Bonham's heavy-hitting drums. Jimmy Page picks you up and carries you through the song on a roller coaster ride of hot guitar licks. And of course, Robert Plant's vocals and harmonica playing evokes the passion that makes you close your eyes and not just listen to the song, but experience it, "become" it......down to the bottom of your soul, you feel the intensity that makes this one an unforgettable cruise.... a sweet wicked tune that I've always loved for 40+ years.
on September 1, 2015
What can you say about on of the best rock groups of the 70's, When The Levee Breaks is another hit from 4. The reason why I like this song is due because of the classic beat. There is hardly any lyrics in this song, the title says it all. So basically the background music really it it for me, this is a must for any Zeppelin fan and rock fan.
on February 21, 2014
I'd never heard this song until a few years ago, in the middle of the night, when I was driving through Augusta, Georgia to visit some old friends in Aiken. Suddenly, this song came on and immediately I was hooked. This is probably my favorite Zeppelin song over even Kashmir.
on October 8, 2013
The members of Led Zeppelin were intense about the roots of their music and the Classic American Blues era was one of their main influences. When the Levee Breaks is a classic Blues song from 1929 written by Blues legends Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie. It is about the most destructive flood in American history--the overflowing Mississippi River disaster in 1927 which had a huge impact on the people in the Delta, particularly many black people whose life as sharecroppers came to an end. This cover version of the song is a hard driving, rock version of the classic which gave the song huge new life. It's impossible to forget once you've heard it.
on November 5, 2012
I know Led IV has some of the best music in the history of classic rock, but Levee has grown to my favorite Zep song. I know lots of other songs in the Zeppelin catalog get much more airplay and attention, but this track is hypnotic. The rhythmic drumming from Bonham, the eerie harmonica and masterful lyrics from Plant along with the virtuoso guitar from Page and Jones bass and Hammond organ blend well and provide a classic that doesn't get much attention when Stairway is on the same album.