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This review is from: Roger The Engineer (Audio CD)
The Yardbirds released a lot of singles but only three albums, the first a hothouse live item, the last, 'Little Games', which producer Mickie Most was apparently more enthusiastic about making than the band. That leaves this album as the only worthwhile studio album that The Yardbirds made. It comes from that year of pop progression, 1966, and it's clear that the band were up to all sorts of tricks in their workshop.
The twelve tracks that comprise the original album are mostly r&b-oriented but with a sprinkling of exotic ingredients. Jeff Beck was playing heavy guitar solos even then while there's a tinge of folk influence here and there. 'The Nazz Are Blue', 'Jeff's Boogie' and 'Rack My Mind' are all standard blues-rock showcases for Beck, while 'Lost Women' and 'What Do You Want' are substantial songs. The other tracks tend to veer off elsewhere to varying success. 'Turn Into Earth' has a strong mystical flavour due to the Gregorian-style backing chant previously used to such eerie effect on 'Still I'm Sad'.
This CD begins unusually with two welcome bonus tracks, the bewitching 'Happenings Ten Years Time Ago' and the Chuck Berry-style American travelogue, 'Psycho Daisies', these being both sides of a single. The Keith Relf tracks at the end are, in contrast, pretty forgettable. Nevertheless, this is a memorable and imaginative album well worth hearing.