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5.0 out of 5 stars
Still Blueswailing!, 10 Oct 2003
In the mid-nineteen-sixties, I was asked to help run a coffee bar at our school. In the charts were John Leyton and Helen Shapiro. Several boys brought records to play and one that caught my eye was ‘Five Live Yardbirds’. As soon as I put it on the turntable I was hooked. The blueswailing harmonica of Keith Relf and guitar playing like I had never heard before by one Eric ‘slowhand’ Clapton. Here was music of a quite different kind, raw and illicit. The first track, a rendition of Chuck Berry’s ‘Too much monkey business’ was played at breathtaking speed with a guitar solo to match. It changed my musical appreciation for life.
The issue of The Yardbirds ‘Live Blueswailing July 64’recorded in Liverpool within months of the recording of ‘Five Live Yardbirds’ is a gem. The quality of the recording is better than the original and although several tracks are the same, the extemporising of the band complements the original. The CD is worth the money for the version of Elmore James’ ‘The Sky is Crying’ alone. Here again is the raw excitement of the Yardbirds and the reason why they were such a seminal band.