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  • Audio CD (1 Dec. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Special Edition, Import
  • Label: Abraxas Records
  • ASIN: B00007FKXK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 619,545 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is one of the more overpriced CDs on the Internet. Plusses are that the first side of the original album is awesome. It features the classic lineup of Relf, Beck, Dreja, Samwell-Smith and McCarty stepping way out in front of the times (1965) to do what is STILL innovative rock and roll some 50 years later. Jeff Beck made history with this side, and the rest of the band rose to the challenge as well. The album should be bought for this side alone, featuring I'm A Man, Heart Full of Soul, and one killer guitar solo on "Evil Hearted You" which every guitarist who aspires to greatness ought to hear. Of course, the classic "Train Kept A-Rolling" is here, and it is a must to be heard.
The problem then comes with the second side. It featured live versions of songs with some really bad sound, which never should have been put on the market. The one brilliant exception is "Smokestack Lightening" which features Keith Relf doing a classic extended harmonica solo which all harp players ought to hear. But immediately thereafter comes a very disappointing live version of "I'm A Man", which begins with Relf playing the wrong key harmonica for a couple of bars, until he hears the mistake and corrects it. Thus was this American album put on the market, yet it sold well, and should have, despite its flawed second side.
Redemption is found in the added bonus tracks. I have not heard some of them, and they are difficult to find. Other tracks are excellent, and very well-known to Yardbirds fans.
I give this a 4 star rating on the basis of the several excellent tracks found on this album, and in spite of a very disappointing (for the most part) second side. The galling part are the ridiculous prices being asked for the album all over amazon.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome mid-sixties rock album. 26 May 2007
By Laszlo Matyas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Yardbirds' third album (and their second with guitarist Jeff Beck, who replaced Eric Clapton) is one of the very best rock records of the entire mid-60s, a scintillating collection of tunes that plays like a best-of collection. In its original (vinyl) incarnation, Having a Rave Up was split neatly down the middle: Side 1 consisted of six studio tunes recorded with Beck on guitar, while Side 2 featured four songs recorded live during the group's Clapton days (these recordings, as well as several others, can be found on the group's 1964 U.K. debut, Five Live Yardbirds). This may seem like a messy and unfocused way to organize an album, but it works fantasticaly well- the record effectively showcases the unique talents of each guitarist, as well as the distinctive features of both eras of the band's career. The first half is marked by Beck's effects-laden guitar virtuosity- the band's amazing rendition of "Train Kept A-Rollin'" is a hyperactive rush of fuzz-toned soloing and brutal thunderclouds of feedback. Keith Relf's exuberant, double-tracked vocals are equally inpressive. The cover of Bo Diddley's "I'm A Man" is another freewheeling classic, propelled by a storming, air-tight rhythm section and some swaggering harmonicas from Relf. The instrumental break, in which the tempo switches to a double-time gallop and Beck turns his guitar into a pure rhythm machine, is nothing short of dazzling. "Mister, You're A Better Man Than I" burns with quiet intensity, riding along on Jim McCarty's crackling drums and some bitterly sarcastic vocals. Jeff's searing, distorted guitar solo is, of course, superb. "Heart Full Of Soul" is a slice of minor-key mid 60s cool with a few superb fuzz-toned guitar interjections. The folky, melancholy "Still I'm Sad" and the puzzing paranoia of "Evil Hearted You" are also excellent. Side 2 shows off the Yardbirds when they were still a young and hungry blues-rock band, bashing out out songs with more gritty passion than technical skill. It's every bit as good as the first half, a wonderful showcase of rock 'n' roll in its rawest and purest form. The cover of Howlin' Wolf's classic "Smokestack Lightening" captures all of the original's menace and vicous bite, throwing in a rip-roaring instrumental explosion for good measure. "Respectable" keeps things going with a rip-roaring burst of R&B drenched fury, while another rendition of "I'm a Man" (compare to the one found on the first side) features a searing harmonica solo and a raucous Relf performance. Finally, the take on "Here' Tis" is a rhthmic blood-pumper with some of Clapton's coolest guitar-strangling. All in all, a superb little record. This CD edition features eleven bonus tracks, including the Beck-era non-LP single "Shapes of Things," which foreshadows psychedelia with its bold, trippy lyrics, cavernous instrumental effects, and trembling, off-kilter guitar work. This CD will fit snugly in the collection of any fan of 60s rock n roll. Totally recomended.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1965, not 1966 11 April 2009
By W. Cohen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Having a Rave Up" actually came out in late 1965 ... "Heart Full of Soul" was a hit in London during the summer of that year (I know from personal experience). I bought this album without hearing it on the basis of comments made by Clay Cole in the December 1965 issue of 16 magazine ... he said that, "if you were a guitar fan, Jeff Beck was the best one out there (even George Harrison and Keith Richards said so!)." He was right.

This album changed my life. It redefined rock & roll, and was the first (and one of the all-time best) examples of what can happen when musicians push the envelope. Beck has gone on to create some of the most interesting and innovative music imaginable; his recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was long overdue.

Buy it. You won't be disappointed!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rating is irrelevant... 11 April 2007
By Steve - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There is another Japanese issue of this album/cd that I picked up recently that has a variation on the track listing as well as those numbers actually on the album. Interestingly enough, not all of the original tracks listed on the cover of the cd are included. Missing are: Smokestack Lighting, Respectable, and Here 'Tis, yet Steeled Blues, Shapes of Things, New York City Blues, Questa Volta, Paff...Bum, What Do You Want, Jeff's Blues, Someone to Love (Parts 1 & 2), For RSG, Like Jimmy Reed Again, Chris' Number, Pounds and Stomps, Stroll On, and a more Indian-style version of Heart of Soul can be found among the 22 songs on the version I own. So, for those of you looking for particular numbers, I'd check with Amazon to see if their Japanese import is like the one I just bought in Japan.

All of that aside, it's a rocking album full of Jeff Beck's riffs and stings and the majority of tracks are classic Beck-era Yardbirds. Saddest song not here is the later Over Under Sideways Down, but then again, it wasn't recorded yet. Were it included, this would be more like a Jeff Beck's Yardbirds Greatest Hits. Regardless, things of note, the descending rapid-fire pull off lick in Evil Hearted You - a Beck trademark if there ever was one, the many instrumentals especially Jeff's Blues which borrows heavily from Howlin' Wolf's Highway 49, and the highly learnable yet still vital for nascent guitarists take on Train Kept A-Rollin,' infinitely more subtle and fun than the Aerosmith version.

This may not be a musical masterpiece but it is a crucial link in the chain from blues to hard rock and beyond and is an invaluable primer for any would-be rock and roll guitarist.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ... the LP when it came out in 1965 and loved it! 18 Aug. 2015
By drbluzer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought the LP when it came out in 1965 and loved it !! Side one ( 1 ) featured the studio tracks of (1) You're A Better Man Than I ; ( 2) Evil Hearted You ; ( 3 ) I'm A Man : ( 4 ) Still I'm Sad ; ( 5 ) Heart Full Of Soul ; and ( 6 ) Train Kept A-Rollin' . Side two ( 2 ) featured the live tracks of ( 1 ) Smokestack Lightning ; ( 2 ) Respectable ; ( 3 ) I'm A Man ; and ( 4) Here 'Tis . Although the first 10 tracks are MONO as was the LP , the sound quality is great !! The rest of the disc is Bonus Tracks , some of which are in STEREO ! I consider this disc to be the best one that the Yardbirds produced as all of the songs are very listenable. My favorite non-single song is "Train Kept A-Rollin' " . This song should have been at least on the "B" side of a "45" but it was not . I think it was overlooked somehow. I recommend this disc to anyone looking for a great Yardbirds disc. Enjoy !!!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational! 7 Feb. 2008
By freedom78 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Considered by many to be The Yardbirds' best, whether it is or is not true, hardly matters. It's good. That's all that really matters.

The opening track, "Mr. You're a Better Man Than I" serves as evidence of this, as it manages to be, simultaneously, catchy, bluesy, slightly psychedelic, and pretty heavy (especially for its time). The album is full of such songs, with a bluesy feel over very heavy bass and drum lines, making it both rock and proto-metal, while maintaining a psychedelic, progressive feel. Thus, in one album, The Yardbirds balance a good number of future trends in rock/metal music, and it's easy to see in this one album the precursors to Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Cream, as well as Jeff Beck's solo material.

The number of artists influenced by this, either directly or through one of the above bands/artists, must be staggering!
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