Dan Sparkman

Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (14 of 15)


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Yardbirds - Live Yardbirds! Featuring Jimmy Page +&hellip ~ Yardbirds
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Live indeed!, 14 April 2012
I am loath give this album merely 4 stars, because it features a huge band, live. The Yardbirds were a great live band, and this album proves it. I was fortunate enough and a fan enough to purchase it when it first came out, and was not disappointed. The playing is great on this album, even better than on the corresponding studio albums, and one first hears the band doing an extended version of what became Led Zeppelin's "Dazed and Confused", here.
Live it is. The tension between Keith Relf and Jimmy Page is apparant on the introduction to at least one song, which no doubt is why Page had it pulled from release. That does not detract from the overall quality of the work here… Read more
Little Games ~ Yardbirds
Little Games ~ Yardbirds
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last of the Yardbirds, 14 April 2012
As for the songs on this album, I don't see how anyone can complain about them at all. Jeff Beck was long gone when this was made, and Jimmy Page had taken over at lead, but needless to say he took up the duty in great form, and showed he had the talent which later gathered acclaim when he was in Led Zeppelin. Chris Dreja had also taken over from Paul Samwell-Smith at bass, and also did a fine job on this album. Keith Relf sings well, and his harmonica playing is as good as ever. In my opinion, this album was where pop music was at in 1967.
The Yardbirds were always a pop band; they just had huge talents enough to deliver great versions of the blues, rock like no one else of the… Read more
Animalism [VINYL] ~ The Animals
Animalism [VINYL] ~ The Animals
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A top album, 14 April 2012
The Animals appeared in 1964 at the time of the "British Invasion" with a huge hit "House of the Rising Sun". They continuously improved, staying mostly within the limits of R&B covers until this, the final album of the majority of the original group. This one is truly a classic. Eric Burdon, who fired the group after this album and went with a newer, psychedelic sound and personnel, made a huge mistake when he did so. Hilton Valentine was an underrated guitarist, Dave Roweberry likewise on keyboards. Chas Chandler was the best bassist of the British invasion, and went on to discover and manage Jimi Hendrix.
I've listened to a great many versions of St. Louis Jimmy Odem's "Going… Read more