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  • Audio CD (11 Nov. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Repertoire Europe/Zoom
  • ASIN: B000252DMG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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This CD contains the majority of what the Yardbirds recorded on the BBC during 1965-68.

The first 3 tracks features Eric Clapton guitar, the last 6 Jimmy Page and the rest of them Jeff Beck.

Most of these recordings are very good and sounding really nice. They prove that the band was very competent and able to re-create their fine studio-recordings in live situations.

A few of these songs were never released on any of the regular Yardbirds albums.

"Love me Like I Love You" is a band compostion from 1965; from shortly after Clapton left. The song is quite nice, but it probably never reached a satisfactory final arrangement.

Their version of Elmore James'"Dust My Blues" is very good, but almost the same as Jeff's Boogie from "Roger the Engineer".

"Scratch My Back" is another band-composition that eventually developed into "Rack My Mind".

"The Sun is Shining" is another Elmore James song, also covered by Fleetwood Mac. A great blues; and arranged pretty much like "New York City Blues".

A big surprise for me was their cover of Bob Dylan's "Most Likely You Go Your Way". The recording is from the jimmy Page era. They were obviously at this stage in big confusion about which musical direction to follow.

The strongest of these "new" tracks is without comparison the closing track "My Baby"; unfortunately this is also one the tracks in the poorest sound-quality.

Of the more well-known Yardbirds material all Jimmy Page recordings sound very inspired. I particularly like "Little Games", "Think About It" and "Goodnight Sweet Josephine". Unfortunately they do sound like they were not taken from original BBC-tapes.
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This album is the best collection of Yardbirds tracks I have found, containing all the classics along with a generous helping of "blues wailing" lesser known tracks. Whether a hard core fan or someone interested in The Yardbirds contribution to music history this is perfect. 33 tracks of Yardbirds magic.
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If you want to understand the roots of Led Zeppelin --then listen further and soak in the valves warming and humming in the BBCstudio --the rawness,accomplishment and the interviews shine through.Equally valuable as a tribute to the late Keith Relf.
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Rare versions of the Yardbirds material, good for fanatic listeners, maybe the studio songs are better in sound and volume but these themes got the freshness of the live recordings. If you like to investigate the sound of the future Led Zeppelin this is your record.
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I bought this after "the very best of" - even if I still prefer the other one, this is a good complement. It also shows, unfortunately, how the band changed over the years.
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