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Jimmy Page Has Been Lying About How He Recorded the Drums on Led Zeppelin’s ‘When the Levee Breaks,’ and We Don’t Care

Jimmy Page became a guitar legend with Led Zeppelin, but his influence extended beyond his playing. He was against releasing singles (a decision reinforced when he heard a butchered version of a Zeppelin classic), and his prowess as a producer helped him lie to the record label when he produced Zep’s final album. It seems Page has been lying about how he recorded John Bonham’s drums on “When the Levee Breaks,” but we don’t care.

(l-r) Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and John Bonham | Richard E. Aaron/Redferns

Jimmy Page has been lying about how he recorded John Bonham’s drums on ‘When the Levee Breaks’

One of Page’s unique recording techniques was to mic Bonham’s drums from above. That allowed the sound to expand before hitting the tape, which gave Bonzo’s powerful playing even more weight.

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