13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 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 era, and had enough versatility to bring off folk music and the experimental pieces for which they became famous. I find Mickey Most did a very good job of recording this; Jimmy Page's acoustic guitar on "Only the Black Rose" sounds like you are actually there with it. Rockers like "Little Games" (featuring an unusual rhythm pulled off nicely by Jim McCarty) "Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor", "Smile on Me" and "Drinking Muddy Water" show Page doing some outstanding guitar work in the Jeff Beck mode, and featuring one of the first uses of the wah-wah pedal and the e-bow. The wah-wah pedal was also featured on "Glimpses", about which I fully concur with other reviewers of this record, as being very special, as well as being very well recorded, a true musical venture into surrealism that was unique for its time and prescient and influential over many others yet to come from other artists.
Perhaps it is the very versatility of this album of which others complain, but to me, that makes it all the more special and valuable, a great addition to the Yardbirds' ouevre, and very worthy of owning, coming from a very special group out of a very special time in pop music history. This album is a transition from the old Yardbirds towards Led Zeppelin. You will not be disappointed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2014
Don't be put off by the down reviews on this one. It's a complicated story. Ignore the few commercial tracks of dross that were foisted on them by hit fixated producer Mickey Most and what's left is actually pretty good stuff and well worth the price of entry. It's a tantalizing glimpse into what might have been. If they had been allowed to have a few months off after the burn out of continual touring and space to work up more of their own own songs and produce themselves with decent studio time, this would have been a great album. What they got was Mickey Most looking for chart stuff and a week in the studio,so,program out the three or four pieces of crap and what you get is a 'what could have been' and highly enjoyable it is too!