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The early Yardbirds played improvisational blues licks with creativity and speed, called 'rave-ups', a rush of rhythm that largely stuck to tried and tested blues motifs. Their lineup constantly changed and they struggled to impact upon the world as a genuine albums act because of this - that they eventually mutated into Led Zeppelin has ensured the name 'Yardbirds' has become something of a periphery name amongst music fans, unless you are a particular scholer of musical history, lead guitar players in particular. This album featured Eric Clapton, his first appearance on vinyl, no less. Recorded in 1964, this set offers a surprisingly clear sounding and punchy representation of British rock at the time, a stroke of fortune for The Yardbirds ultimately longevity as far as that old thing the 'rock canon' is concerned. Add in the debut recorded appearance of Eric Clapton and you can see why this set of blues covers has obvious appeal. True, the singer only has about two sounds his mouth emits, but his energy matches that of the band. True, the second set is far weaker than the first, but approach this with a drink in hand, and much enjoyment is to be found.
For Your Love 7 ( 1965 )
For Your Love / I'm Not Talking / Putty (In Your Hands) / I Ain't Got You / Got to Hurry / I Ain't Done Wrong / I Wish You Would / A Certain Girl / Sweet Music / Good Morning Little Schoolgirl / My Girl Sloopy
This album was put together by their American label and comprised US singles, big hit 'For Your Love' and three tracks with Eric Clapton replacement, guitarist Jeff Beck. In terms of history, this album barely exists. It's not often written about, naturally so, as it's no more an album than 'The Beatles Second Album' - American labels often put albums together quickly from singles and stray material, usually to capitalise on a hit single. 'For Your Love', the song, saw The Yardbirds truly join the 'British Invasion' hitting number six on Billboard and, as the bands biggest hit, is also stylistically utterly atypical of the band. Eric Clapton quit, not wanting a part of what he perceived as 'the pop scene'. He could have turned his hand to it, of course. The title track of this album is very British Invasion pop, with a striking guitar refrain, a tempo change, chanted vocals - all topped off by memorable 'verse' sections in this case rather than the more usual memorable choruses most songs may be suggested to be based around. 'My Girl Sloppy', 'I'm Not Talking' and 'I Ain't Done Wrong' are the three tracks where Jeff Beck takes lead guitar duties. 'I'm Not Talking' is particularly impressive and one gets the sense that Beck could be a more driving, rhythmic guitar player than Clapton, who could be laid-back and classy and occasionally fiery - but very rarely so driving as Beck is on his brief appearences here.
this page last updated 08/02/14
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