Gibson Reveals Recording Bloopers

Some of rock recording's little known secrets   14-Oct-10

Guitar giant Gibson revealed 10 recording errors that made it onto very famous tracks, earlier this week. A notable omission to the list was John Bonham's squeaky kick-drum pedal, which featured on numerous Led-Zep recordings (inc. Since I've Been Loving You).

Here are two bloopers revealed on Gibson's website:

3. Led Zeppelin - Babe I'm Gonna Leave you (Led Zeppelin, 1969)

“Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” is an eerie, moody track to begin with, but if you listen very closely you’ll hear a ghostly voice at 1:43. What is it? A backwards-masked magic spell? Some kind of ghostly incantation? Nope. That’s actually the sound of Robert Plant singing along with drummer John Bonham during tracking, and there was no way to delete Plant’s singing from the drum tracks. Whether that’s his actual naked voice leaking through the drum mics, or perhaps being blasted through Bonzo’s headphones, perhaps we’ll never quite know, but it sure sounds cool, and adds yet another interesting layer to discover among Led Zep’s tapestry of orchestration.

2. Radiohead - Creep (Pablo Honey, 1993)

One of the most unique parts of Radiohead’s hit “Creep” was the salvo of chunky, deadened notes played by Jonny Greenwood right before the chorus at 0:58, and again at 2:00. Bandmate Ed O’Brien told Select magazine that Greenwood’s ear-catching decision was actually born of frustration. “That’s the sound of Jonny trying to [expletive] the song up,” O’Brien said. “He really didn’t like it the first time we played it, so he tried spoiling it. And it made the song.”

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Rich Beech



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