|The distinctive drum sound was created by setting up drums in the
hallway of Headley Grange, where they were living and recording. They
set up 2 overhead microphones and let John Bonham pound away.
|Based on a 1929 recording of the same name by Blues artist Memphis
Minnie. Plant had the record in his collection.
|Heavily produced in the studio, it was difficult to perform live,
which they did only a few times on their 1975 US tour.
|The vocals were processed differently on each verse, sometimes with
|Jimmy Page's backward echo technique, where he would put the echo
ahead of the sound, was used on the harmonica.
|Was very difficult to mix, and due to extensive processing, is best
appreciated with headphones.
|Many rap songs have sampled the drums on this. For sampling
purposes, this is great because of the clean, uninterrupted drum break
at the beginning. The Beastie Boys used it on "Rymin' And Stealin'",
which opened their first album, License To Ill. Other songs to
use it include "Lyrical Gangbang" by Dr. Dre and "Beats And Pieces" by
|In an interview, either Page or Plant said the reason the song
sounds so weird is that they recorded it at a different tempo, then
slowed it down. Plant then sang in the sort of in between key the song
was now in, which explains its sort of flat and sludgy sound,
particularly on the harmonica and guitar solos. This also made it very
difficult to accurately reproduce live. (thanks, Jared - Meadville, PA)
|This song was the only one on the album that was not remixed after a
supposedly disastrous mixing job in the US (the rest of the tracks were
mixed again in England). The original mixing done on this song seemed to
suit it very well, so it was kept in its original form. (thanks, Adrian
- Wilmington, DE)
|Coldplay also sampled the drum break at the beginning of this song
in their song "In My Place." it is the same except for the addition of
the cymbals. (thanks, Rizwana - Montclair, NJ)
|This song unfortunately wrung true for the people of New Orleans
after the levee broke in 2005. Check out this clip of