A must in every true rock fan’s collection, Led Zeppelin‘s fourth album contains some of the most influential songs of the 1970’s era. Besides the obvious “Stairway to Heaven,” the record also includes Zeppelin’s version of the old 1920s tune by Kansas Joe & Memphis Minnie called “When the Levee Breaks.”
The song has been praised for many things, most notably the work of John Bonham and the huge sound of his drums. The story goes that the unique echo was achieved by placing Bonham’s drums under a staircase in Headley Grange mansion and that the recognizable sound comes from the largeness of the room.
In one of his impeccable video analysis, the magnificent Rick Beato mentioned, among other things, that this particular echo effect actually comes from a piece of equipment, not the room itself. He was immediately corrected by many people in the comment section. However, were they right?
Beato then shared a video response, providing solid evidence that the room is not responsible for the sound. You can find all the info in the player below, including a short clip of engineer Andy Johns where he explains exactly what they did, ultimately busting this myth.