When the Levee Breaks – Symphonic Led Zeppelin

Symphonic version of Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks”

Performed by the
London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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When the Levee Breaks – Symphonic Led Zeppelin



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  1. Playing this symphonic Zeppelin for an old fogie or any other stiff is a great way to open the door to them of the greatest band in history. Otherwise, it's useless….nothing compares to the original. Led Zeppelin was, is and will always be the ultimate rock band.

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  3. You are correct, the song was originally written by Memphis Minnie but this cover by the London Philharmonic Orchestra is much closer to the Led Zeppelin version than the original, in my opinion.

  4. Indeed, I agree, tho I don't feel myself foggy, just a fogey 😉

    And, dude, if RECORDED & played with 6.1 in mind, it would melt the subwoofer

    rock is dead they say!


  5. @thegreatNEb. Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries.

    It's good, but lacks a certain crispiness…. maybe its the recording quality.

  6. Magnificent! Led Zeppelin's version of When the Levee Breaks is a powerful music statement on the elemental force of water but it took a full symphony orchestra to bring it to fruitition. Rock on London Philharmonic! Listen to this on a rainy day

  7. This the most incredible rendering of Led Zeps masterpiece. If you listen closely you will hear Katrina approaching and those driving waves beating on the levee. You will even hear the quiet when the eye passes over and then the pounding and driving wind and rain builds until the crashing sound of the levee breaking and the chaotic rush of water everywhere and the people fleeing in all directions. I am haunted by the last lyrics of the song…going down going down now…

  8. @deadendkid1968 No, the credit should not go to Memphis Minnie. The part of Led Zeppelin's song that was credited to Memphis Minnie was the lyrics, not instrumental parts; and being that this has no lyrics, Memphis Minnie has no direct influence.

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