Watch Robert Plant & Alison Krauss’ Spellbinding Performance of “When the Levee Breaks” at Glastonbury

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Robert Plant may be steadfast in his continued opposition to any further live performances with his remaining Led Zeppelin colleagues, but the legendary singer does still find the time to incorporate some of that back catalog into his new artistic endeavors.

Having released Raise the Roof, a new collaborative album with Alison Krauss that the pair unveiled in late February as the follow-up to their Grammy-winning 2007 team-up Raising Sand, Plant, Krauss and their band have been taking their mesmerizing live tour around the world.

This past weekend, they performed at Glastonbury, which live streamed in the U.K. for audiences who couldn’t make it to Worthy Farm in Pilton, England. Preserved from the stream is a captivating rendition of “When the Levee Breaks,” the country/blues classic written and recorded by Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe McCoy in 1929, and later became a staple of the Led Zeppelin catalog after appearing on Led Zeppelin IV.

Watch the performance from Glastonbury below:

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Elsewhere in their Glastonbury set, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss and their band performed Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll” and “The Battle of Evermore,” among other reinventions of classics from other artists. That’s also the focus of Raise the Roof:

Like its predecessor, Raise The Roof was produced by T Bone Burnett, who worked with Plant and Krauss to expand their collaboration in thrilling new directions, accompanied by drummer Jay Bellerose, guitarists Marc Ribot, David Hidalgo, Bill Frisell, and Buddy Miller, bassists Dennis Crouch and Viktor Krauss, along with pedal steel guitarist Russ Pahl among others. The album features twelve new recordings of songs by legends and unsung heroes including Merle Haggard, Allen Toussaint, The Everly Brothers, Anne Briggs, Geeshie Wiley, Bert Jansch and more. Other highlights include a Plant-Burnett original, “High and Lonesome,” and the classic “Can’t Let Go,” written by Randy Weeks and first recorded by Lucinda Williams.

Give that record a listen below if you haven’t yet gotten around to it.

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