Magic Slim & James Cotton — When the Levee Breaks
Album: Whole Lotta Blues - Songs of Led Zeppelin
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Released: 1999
Length: 4:26
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If it keeps on rainin, levees goin to break,
If it keeps on rainin, levees goin to break,
When the levee breaks Ill have no place to stay.
Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan,
Lord, mean old levee taught me to weep and moan,
Got what it takes to make a mountain man leave his home,
Oh, well, oh, well, oh, well.
Dont it make you feel bad
When youre tryin to find your way home,
You dont know which way to go?
If youre goin down south
They go no work to do,
If you dont know about chicago.
Cryin wont help you, prayin wont do you no good,
Now, cryin wont help you, prayin wont do you no good,
When the levee breaks, mama, you got to move.
All last night sat on the levee and moaned,
All last night sat on the levee and moaned,
Thinkin bout me baby and my happy home.
Going, gon to chicago,
Gon to chicago,
Sorry but I cant take you.
Going down, going down now, going down.
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 Jota wrote:
Am I missing something here?  When the levee breaks was written in the 1920's.

 
That's Irony, man {#Smile}
Now this is a quote....dare you to use it in a sentence tonight:

According to Wiki, Music critic Robert Christgau argued that Led Zeppelin's version of "When the Levee Breaks" both transcends and dignifies "the quasi-parodic overstatement and oddly cerebral mood of" their past blues songs.
 LowPhreak wrote:

Baroque and classical music was written hundreds of years ago, but people are still playing and listening to it today - because they like it.

In your country of Scotland, people still play bagpipes and its music which isn't exactly a new thing.

Yes, I'd say you're missing something here...the idea that we don't toss our music, art, literature or other forms of expression in the trash forever just because something new comes along.
 
You may have missed Jota's point, which was likely whether this actually one of the "Songs of Led Zeppelin", a more interesting question than whether it's value depends on age.  Was Zep's take on the song unique enough to make it "theirs" somehow?  Somebody thought so.
 Jota wrote:
Am I missing something here?  When the levee breaks was written in the 1920's.

 
Baroque and classical music was written hundreds of years ago, but people are still playing and listening to it today - because they like it.

In your country of Scotland, people still play bagpipes and its music which isn't exactly a new thing.

Yes, I'd say you're missing something here...the idea that we don't toss our music, art, literature or other forms of expression in the trash forever just because something new comes along.

Mojo made up his mind, he needed a jailbreak.
 Jota wrote:
Am I missing something here?  When the levee breaks was written in the 1920's.

 
It's still breaking.
Sorry, but nothing comes close to the Zeppelin version of this song.
Am I missing something here?  When the levee breaks was written in the 1920's.
 dubberdan wrote:

The album title gives that away {#Wink}

 
LOVE the sub-title!!
 BBoyes wrote:
Wow, I guess this is the same "When The Levee Breaks" Led Zeppelin did on the 4th "stickman" album - what a different version! This must be more like "the original". Fun to hear it.

 
The album title gives that away {#Wink}
Love that serious blues shuffle going on... drummer and bass player locked in and bringin' it!!!

 
 Gregorama wrote:
As one blues artist once put it, "How you ever know if you feel good, if you never had the blues?" :)

Colorwise wrote: Can someone tell me why anyone likes blues?? I really don't understand what's so great about this style of music.

Wait a spell, get your heart shredded a couple of times real bad, then listen again.  Should start gettin it.  Good blues players are all about changin yer mood.
 

 
Or as Buddy Guy so elequently stated at his induction into the Rock N Roll hall of fame: "If you ain't had the blues, just keep living".
Wow, I guess this is the same "When The Levee Breaks" Led Zeppelin did on the 4th "stickman" album - what a different version! This must be more like "the original". Fun to hear it.
Dudes better learn how to play those damn guitars...
 boober wrote:

Lincoln,Ne used to be part of my sales territory. I would often drive 100 miles out of my way to see nationally touring blues players work their way from Chicago to KC (Thru Lincoln and sometimes Omaha). I still am a big fan of the Zoo bar. I bought an old raggity Zoo bar t-shirt one time and wore it on the beach in Mexico (Cazumel). A man came running up to me from an Oceanside bar and said....".where did you get that t-shirt".... I said" Zoo Bar- Lincoln Ne"

He said," I'm the owner of that bar and I think it is so cool that I see that t-shirt all the way down here in Mexico".



 
{#Clap}{#Notworthy}

Great story. The owner should have hired you as traveling advertisement. Looks like they pull a lot of great acts...

Misterfixit wrote:

Have they removed the chicken wire screen yet in front of the band?  Man oh Man did I have some times there.  Did a Nuke inventory compliance inspection at one of the sites, 2 Army guys and 10 Air Force guys.  Oh My God.  We felt like we were nuked the next day.  And indeed "Cryin' won't hep you!"

  
Oh, Great! I feel so much safer now! 

Slim Pickens riding the Big One from Dr. Strangelove

"Wait...this ain't fer real now, right...? I'm gonna have such a headache..."

Got to see James Cotton three times while living in Florida in the 80s. Great performer.
Only when drunk...!
Great tune. Thanks!
 Gregorama wrote:
Magic Slim plays all the time back home in Lincoln, Nebraska at the Zoo Bar.  I believe they say it's either the longest running, or close to the longest running Blues Bar in the country.  Since the late '70s.  Great bar!

 
Lincoln,Ne used to be part of my sales territory. I would often drive 100 miles out of my way to see nationally touring blues players work their way from Chicago to KC (Thru Lincoln and sometimes Omaha). I still am a big fan of the Zoo bar. I bought an old raggity Zoo bar t-shirt one time and wore it on the beach in Mexico (Cazumel). A man came running up to me from an Oceanside bar and said....".where did you get that t-shirt".... I said" Zoo Bar- Lincoln Ne"

He said," I'm the owner of that bar and I think it is so cool that I see that t-shirt all the way down here in Mexico".


I woulda thought this was the original.
 ick wrote:
I find it ironic that the album is called "Whole Lotta Blues - Songs of Led Zeppelin" when most of them probably weren't even Led Zeppelin's songs to begin with.

 

But Zeppelin turned a whole lotta kids onto them, many more than the old blues cats ever did with the original versions.
Luv me some Magic Slim and Mr. James Cotton!!  Thanks RP!!  {#Daisy}
The irony here is that this a cover of a cover. "When the Levee Breaks" was originally recorded by Memphis Minnie and Kansas City Joe in 1928 or 1929--sources disagree.
Blow your face out. James Cotton is riffing hard in the background.


Magic Slim & The Teardrops - February 21, 2013: R.I.P. Magic Slim. We will allways remember you like this. Jon McDonald - guitar, background vocals Magic Slim - vocals, guitar, Chris Biedron - bass instrument, Vernal Taylor - drums, background vocals.



 iSoul wrote:
{#Guitarist}{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Dancingbanana}

 
8 -> 9. Or maybe 10. Resistance is futile.
{#Guitarist}{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Dancingbanana}
As Solomon said, "Nothing new is under the sun."
Excellant!!!  Magic Slim's playing is Awesome
As long as it's only one song like this....otherwise: bleh.....
 
Nice!!
love this song...
Oh. Hell. Ya!

 John Nemeth with Magic Slim by BoomerangThang
http://www.flickr.com/photos/duckfoot/

Shots taken at the legendary Zoo Bar in Lincoln, Nebraska featuring the great John Nemeth with Magic Slim sitting in.

Copyright All rights reserved

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R.I.P. Great Bluesman.


Nice!
 Gregorama wrote:
As one blues artist once put it, "How you ever know if you feel good, if you never had the blues?" :)

Colorwise wrote: Can someone tell me why anyone likes blues?? I really don't understand what's so great about this style of music.

Wait a spell, get your heart shredded a couple of times real bad, then listen again.  Should start gettin it.  Good blues players are all about changin yer mood.
 
 

IF YOU AIN'T HAD THE BLUES, YOU AIN'T BREATHIN'
 cc_rider wrote:
Wiki says:

"When the Levee Breaks" is a blues song written and first recorded by husband and wife Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie in 1929. The song is in reaction to the upheaval caused by the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927.

So I'm cornfused why this album is 'Led Zeppelin' songs. But hey, any version of it is okay with me.

BTW, that is the same flood Randy Newman wrote a song about. To this day that flood, and the official reactions to it, have repercussions in the places it affected.
 

the brits were not stupid, public acccess public prorerty, they(many)claimed wrighting bill, some even got away with it because the orignators were dead with no family. the world KNOWS where the BLUES come from................
Wiki says:

"When the Levee Breaks" is a blues song written and first recorded by husband and wife Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie in 1929. The song is in reaction to the upheaval caused by the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927.

So I'm cornfused why this album is 'Led Zeppelin' songs. But hey, any version of it is okay with me.

BTW, that is the same flood Randy Newman wrote a song about. To this day that flood, and the official reactions to it, have repercussions in the places it affected.
 Gregorama wrote:
Magic Slim plays all the time back home in Lincoln, Nebraska at the Zoo Bar.  I believe they say it's either the longest running, or close to the longest running Blues Bar in the country.  Since the late '70s.  Great bar!
 
Have they removed the chicken wire screen yet in front of the band?  Man oh Man did I have some times there.  Did a Nuke inventory compliance inspection at one of the sites, 2 Army guys and 10 Air Force guys.  Oh My God.  We felt like we were nuked the next day.  And indeed "Cryin' won't hep you!"
As one blues artist once put it, "How you ever know if you feel good, if you never had the blues?" :)

Colorwise wrote: Can someone tell me why anyone likes blues?? I really don't understand what's so great about this style of music.

Wait a spell, get your heart shredded a couple of times real bad, then listen again.  Should start gettin it.  Good blues players are all about changin yer mood.
 


 kcar wrote:
 
Uh, yeah...Tom, what's the original version of thisong by your lights? Granted, this isn't it...but neither is Led Zep's. 

You might want to check out 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6C_5wxkuAQ

and see if you actually like the original...
 
Thanks for the link! I always appreciate knowing the real history.
 TomFromPoland wrote:
I really like blues, but it's unbearable. Couldn't stand this version...{#Puke}

There are songs being uncoverable. ' When the Levee...' is among them.

2/10
 

Oh I don't know that little band out of England....Zep I think it was did a pretty good job with it.
Magic Slim plays all the time back home in Lincoln, Nebraska at the Zoo Bar.  I believe they say it's either the longest running, or close to the longest running Blues Bar in the country.  Since the late '70s.  Great bar!
... great morning boogie 'round the breakfast table. O yaaa...
I know the feeling.
 slowhand wrote:
Super, all genres of modern music came from this type of Blues/Rock.
 
Probably the majority of Rock and some Jazz, but probably not all "genres of modern music".
 TomFromPoland wrote:
I really like blues, but it's unbearable. Couldn't stand this version...{#Puke}

There are songs being uncoverable. ' When the Levee...' is among them.

2/10
  
Uh, yeah...Tom, what's the original version of thisong by your lights? Granted, this isn't it...but neither is Led Zep's. 

You might want to check out 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6C_5wxkuAQ

and see if you actually like the original...


 musickat wrote:
Nice to hear a little "real blues" here.  I think blues is always best when sprinkled in like salt.  
 
very true
Nice to hear a little "real blues" here.  I think blues is always best when sprinkled in like salt.  
I really like blues, but it's unbearable. Couldn't stand this version...{#Puke}

There are songs being uncoverable. ' When the Levee...' is among them.

2/10