Roger the Engineer [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Once Jeff Beck joined the Yardbirds, the group began to explore uncharted territory, expanding their blues-rock into wild sonic permutations of psychedelia, Indian music, and avant-garde white noise. Each subsequent single displayed a new direction, one that expanded on the ideas of the previous single, so it would seem that Roger the Engineer -- Beck's first full album with the group and the band's first album of all-original material -- would have offered them the opportunity to fully explore their adventurous inclinations. Despite a handful of brilliant moments, Roger the Engineer falls short of expectations, partially because the band is reluctant to leave ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Once Jeff Beck joined the Yardbirds, the group began to explore uncharted territory, expanding their blues-rock into wild sonic permutations of psychedelia, Indian music, and avant-garde white noise. Each subsequent single displayed a new direction, one that expanded on the ideas of the previous single, so it would seem that Roger the Engineer -- Beck's first full album with the group and the band's first album of all-original material -- would have offered them the opportunity to fully explore their adventurous inclinations. Despite a handful of brilliant moments, Roger the Engineer falls short of expectations, partially because the band is reluctant to leave their blues roots behind and partially because they simply can't write a consistent set of songs. At their best on Roger, the Yardbirds strike a kinetic balance of blues-rock form and explosive psychedelia "Lost Woman," "Over, Under Sideways, Down," "The Nazz Are Blue," "He's Always There," "Psycho Daisies", but they can also bog down in silly Eastern drones although "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" is a classic piece of menacing psychedelia or blues tradition "Jeff's Boogie" is a pointless guitar workout that doesn't even showcase Beck at his most imaginative. The result is an unfocused record that careens between the great and the merely adequate, but the Yardbirds always had a problem with consistency -- none of their early albums had the impact of the singles, and Roger the Engineer suffers from the same problem. Nevertheless, it is the Yardbirds' best individual studio album, offering some of their very best psychedelia, even if it doesn't rank among the great albums of its era. [Roger the Engineer is also available in a release with added bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/1999
  • Label: Diablo Records Uk
  • UPC: 740155485221
  • Catalog Number: 852
  • Sales rank: 24,497

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Yardbirds Primary Artist
Jeff Beck Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Jimmy Page Bass, Guitar
John Paul Jones Bass
Jim McCarty Drums
Chris Dreja Rhythm Guitar
Keith Relf Harmonica, Vocals
Paul Samwell-Smith Bass
Technical Credits
Jeff Beck Composer
Jim McCarthy Liner Notes
Jim McCarty Composer, Liner Notes
Simon Napier-Bell Producer
Chris Dreja Composer, Contributor, Artwork, Cover Design
Keith Relf Composer
Paul Samwell-Smith Composer, Producer
John Platt Liner Notes
Val Jennings Liner Notes
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    With Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones

    This is a great album. "Over, under, sideways, down", "Lost woman", "Ever since the world began", and many more hits on this album. Perhaps the Yardbirds best.

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