BBC Sessions

BBC Sessions

by The Yardbirds
     
 

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Over the years, the Yardbirds' performances for the BBC have been the focus of various bootlegs. But BBC Sessions is no bootleg. Assembled by Warner Bros. in 1997, this rewarding CD is a very legal collection of BBC material that spans 1965-1968. When the Yardbirds performed for various BBC radio programs, they did not have the luxury ofSee more details below

Overview

Over the years, the Yardbirds' performances for the BBC have been the focus of various bootlegs. But BBC Sessions is no bootleg. Assembled by Warner Bros. in 1997, this rewarding CD is a very legal collection of BBC material that spans 1965-1968. When the Yardbirds performed for various BBC radio programs, they did not have the luxury of stretching out as much as they could on stage -- they had to be succinct, and that meant that they couldn't get into extended blues-rock jams. Nonetheless, their creativity flowed; if they only had two or three minutes to perform, they would squeeze a lot of energy into those two or three minutes. Most of the material on this 75-minute CD falls into two main categories: tough, gutsy blues-rock and hauntingly melodic, quasi-Gregorian hits like "Heart Full of Soul," "For Your Love," "You're a Better Man Than I," and "Evil Hearted You." The Chess Records school of Chicago blues was a major influence on the Yardbirds, who put their uniquely British spin on "The Train Kept A Rollin'," "Dust My Broom," Howlin' Wolf's "Smokestack Lightning," and other blues standards. When the Yardbirds played the blues, they were far from a carbon copy of Chicago bluesmen -- and that made for some very fresh-sounding blues-rock. Never let it be said that the Yardbirds were not versatile; they could be quasi-Gregorian one minute and unapologetically gritty the next. But one thing they weren't great at was '60s garage rock, and their performance of the McCoys' "Hang on Sloopy" falls short of the excellence that characterizes 90 percent of BBC Sessions. Most of the time, however, this collection is an exciting document of the Yardbirds' BBC appearances of the '60s.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/1999
Label:
Repertoire
UPC:
4009910477724
catalogNumber:
4777
Rank:
3538

Tracks

  1. I Ain't Got You
  2. Keith Relf Talks About the Band's Background
  3. For Your Love
  4. I'm Not Talking
  5. I Wish You Would
  6. Keith Relf Talks About USA Tour
  7. Heart Full of Soul
  8. I Ain't Done Wrong
  9. Too Much Monkey Business
  10. Love Me Like I Love You
  11. I'm a Man
  12. Evil Hearted You
  13. Interview About the 'Still I'm Sad' Single
  14. Still I'm Sad
  15. Hang on Sloopy
  16. Smokestack Lightning
  17. The Yardbirds Give Thier New Year's Resolutions
  18. You're a Better Man Than I
  19. The Train Kept A-Rollin'
  20. Shapes of Things
  21. Dust My Broom
  22. Baby Scratch My Back
  23. Keith Relf Talks About His Solo Single
  24. Over Under Sideways Down
  25. The Sun Is Shining
  26. Shapes of Things Version 2
  27. Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)
  28. Little Games
  29. Drinking Muddy Water
  30. Think About It
  31. Interview With Jimmy Page
  32. Goodnight Sweet Josephine
  33. My Baby

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yardbirds   Primary Artist
Jeff Beck   Guitar
Jimmy Page   Guitar
Chris Dreja   Bass,Rhythm Guitar
Keith Relf   Harmonica,Vocals
Paul Samwell-Smith   Bass

Technical Credits

Tiny Bradshaw   Composer
Jeff Beck   Composer
Graham Gouldman   Composer
Jim McCarty   Composer
Howlin' Wolf   Composer
Chris Dreja   Composer
Keith Relf   Composer
Pete Ritzema   Engineer
Paul Samwell-Smith   Composer
Bernie Andrews   Producer
Howard Kay   Composer
Lois Mann   Composer
Mac Stanley   Composer

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