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5.0 out of 5 stars Paint stripper, 13 May 2010
This review is from: Five Live Yardbirds (Audio CD)
The original Five Live Yardbirds from as far back as 1964 is a classic live album, up there with J Geils Live Full House and Dr Feelgood's Stupidity and Wilco Johnson's live tracks on the Solid Senders album. It's a bit short on length but high on energy, and is a cornerstone of a 60's rock collection, a time when lps were few and far between from just a handful of groups like the Yardbirds. Live they were full of punk energy and fun. I was one of those fortunates to see them at the 5th Jazz and Blues Festival at Richmond in 1965 when Jeff Beck had just joined the band, and they were every bit as good as the earlier Clapton line up. I have the original cd release without the bonus tracks from the Crawdaddy Club which I can't vouch for - anyone out there who can? If they're as good as the first set then no question, this is the cd to get. Paint stripper indeed. Beware of others which have different listings; listen first if you can.
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Initial post: 24 Apr 2016 17:40:06 BDT
You make me very envious indeed, seeing Beck at the beginning. I have seen hi=m 6 times in the last 10 years and he is still brilliant...he must have been quite something as an iconoclastic, hip young gunslinger type, I should think.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2016 12:53:08 BDT
esterhazy47 says:
Yep, very memorable. But you make me envious, as where I live at an extremity of England, we rarely get anyone of the stature of JB as we have no venues worth the quality. These days you can't just roll up at a venue like you could in the 60s and see great acts - The Tubes were the most memorable band I've seen recently, about three years ago! Their live dvd and cd is also recommendable and great off the wall fun.
I also saw the Yardbirds in Exeter in 1966 with the Beck/Page combination - that was electric! Two leads, lots of feedback, very psychedelic - sadly I haven't seen that line up on film, if it ever was filmed.
The JB Yardbirds set from Richmond 1965 is available in bits of video online, poss Youtube, as they were filmed for the US Downbeat(?) programme, along with The Who, Long John Baldry and Georgie Fame. For some innocent fun plug away at Youtube to see them all!
Unfortunately and understandably all the 60s live albums suffer from poor recording quality but I think they make up for that with bags of atmosphere and straight forward, honest live music that shouldn't be missed.
Thanks for your comments - it's nice to get (non-electric) feedback.
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