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Decent and promising,
This review is from: Birdland (Audio CD)
"Decent" is the word that comes to mind. The two remaining Yardbirds chose to stick to the beefed-up-blues-with-slight-touch-of-psychedelia formula which made their success in the sixties, and deliver here solidly written songs and no album fillers.
"Decent" also because they invited excellent guitarists, let them be creative, but avoided the pitfall of long solos. There isn't here the slightest hint of a "jam" that lasts forever. Again, the Yardbirds are avoiding the fillers. Slash, who has a habit of wasting his technique on tasteless solos, delivers a breathtaking and dense one here.
"Promising" is the other word because, after listening to the fifteen songs of "Birdland", you are left with the desire to listen to more. The band, although hardly qualifying for the Yardbirds' name, picks up the pieces where they were left in 1968 and pursues the path without shunning new techniques and sound. Unlike BBM, the Yardbirds are going FORWARD.
To sum things up, this is a pleasant and solid album, delivered by a band who had a lot of fun recording it. It makes the Rolling Stones sound old and pretentious. I'm looking forward to Jeff Beck becoming a full Yardbird again. Oh, and one last thing: "Birdland" confirms that the Yardbirds don't really need Jimmy Page despite his undeniable talent. Their distinctive sound, obvious on "Birdland", was perfected prior to his joining the band, and things should stay this way.