The Yardbirds, Five Live Yardbirds (1964)
These days I would struggle to give anything resembling a fuck for almost anything Eric Clapton does – but I found my way to him and his legacy at a young age and got properly hooked on all of it – the solo years but especially the bands. There he was with The Bluesbreakers and in Cream and before that The Yardbirds. Add to the Yardbirds’ story – well, actually it is entirely their story – the fact that Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page would pass through their ranks and that’s it: the triumvirate of Brit blues players. (Peter Green is a better blues player than all of them, but that’s another story). I loved (and still love) the best playing by Beck and Page. And – perhaps a bit more grudgingly – Clapton too. But I’ve never owned this album until just the other week. I did have a $2 cassette tape – some MUSIC WORLD-type thing – that had everything from the album along with the band’s transition to psychedelic pop and the seeds of Led Zeppelin even. That was a good tape. And I loved the Beck-assisted things like Heart Full of Soul but I always loved the energy of the early stuff – even though you take the story of the “Three Great British Blues Guitarists” away from The Yardbirds and arguably they are nothing. Still, sometimes something comes from nothing. And this record is certainly an example of that.
Sample Track: Too Much Monkey Business
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