Live! Blueswailing July '64

Live! Blueswailing July '64

by The Yardbirds

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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Live! Blueswailing July '64

This recently discovered seven-song set is an awe-inspiring live recording of the Yardbirds before their official debut, Five Live Yardbirds. As a document, it adds considerable weight to the band's early rep that has been passed into legend. It also rewrites history: this short set blows Five Live away both in terms of performance and sound quality. This is the second incarnation of the band, with Chris Dreja, Jim McCarty, Keith Relf, Paul Samwell-Smith, and new guitarist Eric Clapton (who had replaced Andrew "Top" Topham). The music here roars, screams, howls, growls, and bleeds white-boy British blues; it is blistering in its raw intensity, with covers of Chuck Berry's "Too Much Monkey Business" and the standard "Smokestack Lightning." The band's trademark "rave-up" antics are abundant here (check out "She's So Respectable"), and in the closer -- one of the most startling rock versions of "The Sky Is Crying" on record -- the listener gets the clearest picture yet of Clapton as an early and worthy guitar hero. His playing is so inspired and full of razor-sharp turnarounds and knotty arpeggios, one has to wonder what was left for him to accomplish even then. The energy here is crackling, dangerous, and woolly. Anyone interested in vintage garage or modern garage rock should check this out, as it rivals most of what comes out of today's "raw and raucous" scene as well. Indeed, history has been rewritten.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2004
Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
UPC: 0090771518118
catalogNumber: 5181
Rank: 93410

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yardbirds   Primary Artist
Jim McCarty   Drums,Interviewee,Group Member
Eric Clapton   Guitar,Interviewee,Group Member
Chris Dreja   Rhythm Guitar,Interviewee,Group Member
Keith Relf   Harmonica,Vocals,Group Member
Paul Samwell-Smith   Bass,Group Member

Technical Credits

Chuck Berry   Composer
Robert Palmer   Interviewer
Snooky Pryor   Composer
Howlin' Wolf   Composer
O'Kelly Isley   Composer
Ronald Isley   Composer
Rudolph Isley   Composer
Elmore James   Composer
Clarence Lewis   Composer
James Moore   Composer
Neil Slaven   Liner Notes,Annotation
Sonny Boy Williamson   Composer
M. Levy   Composer
David Fricke   Interviewer
Roger Pearce   Interviewer
Paul Bevoir   Artwork
Norman Jopling   Quotes Researched & Compiled
Peter Moody   Interviewer

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