|Price:||£14.22 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details|
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
I will ship by EMS or SAL items in stock in Japan. It is approximately 7-14days on delivery date. You wholeheartedly support customers as satisfactory. Thank you for you seeing it.
Birdland quite possibly qualifies for entry into the Guinness Book of Records under the "longest ever gap between studio albums" category. After all, when blues/pop legends the Yardbirds last released a proper record (Little Games, a variable quality affair featuring some up-and-coming guitar chancer called Jimmy Page), man had yet to visit the moon, Tony Blair was a 14-year-old schoolboy and the White Stripes (huge Yardbirds devotees if their recent live bash with Jeff Beck was anything to go by) were what you saw on the road at zebra crossings. Of course, nothing the Yardbirds could possibly do now will ever attain the dizzy, head-swimming heights of their psychedelic 1960s heyday, but Birdland--with some dignity--is certainly not the sound of washed-up, pensionable ex-rock stars sucking their stomachs in and combing their hair forwards.
Reconvening around a nucleus of original members Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty, the latterday line-up also boasts the pedigree of former Dr Feelgood guitarist and co-writer John "Gypie" Mayo as well as guest appearances aplenty from such ostentatious fretboard manipulators as Brian May, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Slash and even Jeff Beck himself. And while dismissing the production work on their classic 1960s hits as "crap" may well be a poor excuse for offering these newly buffed-up re-recordings of their greatest moments ("Shapes of Things", "For Your Love", etc), at least accusations of laurel-resting are convincingly countered by the inclusion of some stimulating new material. For example, "The Mystery of Being"--worryingly described by the band as "Afghan psychedelia"--is just the sort of Arabian rock illusion previously conjured up by Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, the tribute to Keith Relf on "An Original Man" is worthy of the Byrds at their notoriously brotherly prime and "Crying Out for Love" is mature blues with heart, soul and sensitivity. Frankly, one could only wish the Rolling Stones' songwriting skills were still as sharp. --Kevin Maidment
Top Customer Reviews
But alas no, they re-recorded some of their past hits with special fill-in guitarist of the highest calibre. These songs take on a new meaning when revitalised with a new raw energy supplied by some virtuoso guitar players (slash, brain may to name a couple), my fave is "a train kept a-rollin," but "for your love," stole it for me...McCarty & Dreja in the rythym section are still tight today as they were when they recorded the original version in '65.
Oh, before I forget the original new songs (done on this album) sung by the reformed 'birds are as if they continued on from where they left off in july '68. All in all a must have album. This album is better then most music today without a question.
I was fortunate to see this terrific new line-up here in Denmark in April 2006. What a concert! It surpassed my wildest expectations. Young guitarist King is capeable of playing all the original Yardbirds guitar-parts with inspiration and conviction. The same thing can be said about the harmonica-playing of Billy Boy. Lead singer John Idan has a very sympathetic stage appearance and sounds very much like Keith Relf. Original drummer Jim McCarty is a terrific musician, he more or less appears to be the leader of the band. McCarty joins in on most choruses and takes an occasional lead vocal now and then. Guitarist Chris Dreja is reliable as solid rock.
I had to buy their new album, which I honestly was not aware had been released. And I was not disappointed; on the contrary. Often re-unions are pale extracts of what once was. This is not the case with the Yardbirds. Half of the songs on the album are re-recordings of old Yarbirds favourites; the other half new songs - most of them written by McCarty.
The re-recordings are very true to the originals - better sounding without losing their sixties feel. Some of them actually surpasses the originals; especially the opening track "I?m not Talking".
The new songs reveal McCarty as a fine songwriter ( actually he wrote a lot with the original Yardbirds, too ).Read more ›
"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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My Love for the Yardbirds goes way back and if it wasn't for them there would not have been any Led Zeplin,just brilliant and a reminder just how good the 60's music could be.Published 21 months ago by Ms. Frances M. Thompson
Brought back memories of the good old days back in the 60s and the Yardbirds group still sound great !!!Published on 3 Dec. 2013 by Mr. D. J. Bradshaw
I bought this CD just on the strengh of the musicians involved,no suprise then on just how very good it is. Read morePublished on 15 Jun. 2010 by John T.
It is a credit to the two originals, Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty, that they have managed to retain that distinct Yardbirds sound after all this time with an otherwise totally new... Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2009 by J. Trevor Heath
I am delighted to report that this is a genuine Yardbirds album. For the sake of beefing up the band that has only Jim McCarty and Chris Dreja from the original line-up they have... Read morePublished on 4 July 2008 by Numinous Ugo
Was a bit unsure about this when I saw it, but as I was going to see them in concert I thought it was worth "studying" beforehand. The album is excellent. Read morePublished on 8 Feb. 2004