...This was the Yardbird's last significant studio album and it's pretty much the DEFINITIVE Yadbirds album as far as original material is concerned! Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Keith Relf are all present here, and the sound is pure Carnaby Street! The title tune puts the whole "Swinging London" working class-to-fame and fortune ethos in a nutshell, with a unique arrangement not found anywhere else in rock from that era, (1968). "Ha Ha, Said The Clown" revels in the circus aesthetic that was present in so much psychedelic era rock, ("Sgt. Pepper", "Strange Days", "Piper At The Gates Of Dawn", etc.) and the bluesy numbers, ("Smile On Me", "No Excess Baggage",) are also quite good. Psychedelia is represented again in "Glimpses", "Only The Black Rose" and "White Summer", the last one being pure guitar showdown, with Jimmy Page fast-picking his tukus off. All in all, I can't recommend this album enough...sure there's extraneous stuff on here, but it's a rare album that DOESN'T have any! The good FAR overshadows the mediocre, and just remember: this is the same group that spun off Renaissance, Cream, Led Zeppelin, The Jeff Beck Group, Blind Faith, Derek and The Dominoes and lord knows WHO else!
Trust me, it's a worthy representation of the Yardbirds' legacy!