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Yardbirds, The


The Yardbirds: The Yardbirds Featuring Eric Clapton, The Yardbirds Featuring Jeff Beck

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, March 1976

STRANGELY ENOUGH, the thing that hits you first about these albums is not so much the excellence of the two gentlemen named in the titles ...


The Yardbirds' Jim McCarty (2010)

Interview by Carl Wiser, Songfacts, November 2010

Yardbird Jim looks back at the halcyon days of 'Shape of Things' – the songwriting, the guitarists Clapton, Beck and Page and much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 12mb, total interview length: 26' 15" sound quality: * (phoner)


The Yardbirds: The Blueswailers With The Mod Appeal

Profile by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, May 1964

ALTHOUGH THE Sunday Telegraph insisted that the Yardbirds were called the Yardsticks, and also claimed they were public school boys it doesn't seem to have ...

'We Nearly Packed It In' said The Yardbirds to Peter Jones

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, November 1964

"WE WERE as low as we could be. Our lead singer was desperately, dangerously, ill — in fact, he nearly died. When we heard he ...

Yardbird Leaves Group

Report by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, March 1965

ERIC CLAPTON played his last date as lead guitarist with the Yardbirds last night. After a gig at Bristol Corn Exchange, he left the group. ...

The Yardbirds: 'We'll Play More Pop'

Interview by Richard Green, Record Mirror, March 1965

"RHYTHM AND blues is becoming what trad became and we are going to change some of our numbers." ...

The Yardbirds: Yardbirds Don't Like Own Hits

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1965

IN THE middle of a field in Windsor sat Yardbirds' vocalist Keith Relf dressed as an Elizabethan page with plumed hat and a huge silk ...

Yardbirds Question Time

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1965

THE YARDBIRDS were in no mood for pulling punches when I called on them in their dressing room at the Ready, Steady, Go studios in ...

Yardbirds Lash Out

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, July 1965

THE YARDBIRDS are bristling with hurt anger this week — at Thank Your Lucky Stars Summer Spin; at their manager, and at a pop promoter who ...

The Animals, Georgie Fame, the Who, the Yardbirds, Spencer Davis et al: Fifth National Jazz and Blues Festival, Richmond

Live Review by Richard Green, Record Mirror, August 1965


Yardbirds Wail!

Report and Interview by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, October 1965

Britishers Play For BEAT At A Party ...

The Yardbirds: Havin' A Wild Rave-Up

Report by Eden, KRLA Beat, January 1966

The term is "Rave-up" — the sound is great — the group is THE YARDBIRDS!! ...

Yardbirds Split!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, March 1966

THE YARDBIRDS ARE to split – but only on disc! In the group's dressing room at Ready, Steady Go last Friday I spoke with manager ...

With Who And 'Birds At Paris Allez-Oop!

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1966

READY, Steady, Allez-oops, from the Locomotive in Paris last Friday, was largely held together by the efforts of the Who and the Yardbirds, who were ...

The Yardbirds: Shapes of Things to Come

Profile and Interview by Mike Grant, Rave, May 1966

Rave's Mike Grant meets up with the Yardbirds to find out what's happening for Yardbird people in the next few months ...

All About The World's Greatest Pop Show: 1966 NME Concert Mightiest Ever!

Live Review by Keith Altham, Alan Smith, New Musical Express, May 1966

THOUSANDS upon thousands of fans converging on the massive Wembley Empire Pool for the biggest pop show in the world on Sunday... the staggering, the ...

The Rolling Stones, Percy Sledge et al: The Week's New Singles

Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, May 1966

Plenty of tips, including a new Stones. Many follow-ups which aren't marvellous, and some outsiders, including Percy Sledge and Jimmy James and the Vagabonds ...

The Yardbirds: Why I Left and Why I Joined

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1966

"I'M A BIT TOO old at twenty-three for all those screaming kids leaping about. I don't really think I'll be missed in the group – ...

The Yardbirds: The Yardbirds (Columbia)

Review by Richard Green, Record Mirror, July 1966

THE YARDBIRDS wrote all the numbers themselves, so they've got the right kind of material here. All the tracks have been produced well and there's ...

Jeff Beck: Alone In The Yardbirds

Interview by Eden, KRLA Beat, December 1966

A YOUNG man named Jeff Beck — a very important and integral part of a group called The Yardbirds — nearly always stands alone. ...

Yardbird Jimmy Page says, 'Open Your Mind'

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, March 1967

In the December issue of H.P., you read a little background on Jimmy Page, who is the new Yardbird. He started off on bass to ...

Loraine Alterman On Records: England's Exciting New Flavor: Fresh Cream

Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, April 1967

TO REACH Mecca in pop music means finding your own sound. Very few make it. Most groups fall down somewhere along the way. ...

Bill Harry's Pop Talk: The Yardbirds

Interview by Bill Harry, Record Mirror, May 1967

KEITH RELF, Chris Dreja and Jimmy Page are quite angry about the continuous, almost hysterical attacks the pop world has been receiving from all directions ...

The Yardbirds: Only Jimmy Left To Form The New Yardbirds

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1968

WHATEVER happened to the Yardbirds? One of the great mysteries of our time, ranking with the Devil's footprints, the Marie Celeste and the Five Penny ...

Jimmy Page's New Yardbirds

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, December 1968

JIMMY PAGE, the last member to join the Yardbirds, is now the group leader and at this writing was auditioning two new musicians. The old ...

The Yardbirds: Live Yardbirds Featuring Jimmy Page

Review by John Morthland, Phonograph Record, November 1971

THE YARDBIRDS must be one of the most oft-recorded live groups. There's the 1963 set at the Marquee available on a British import (parts are ...

Session Star: Jimmy Page

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, September 1973

JIMMY PAGE is as wary of discussing his formidable past as he is talking to the press in the first place. ...

Giorgio Gomelsky: The Man Who Sold The World

Interview by Max Jones, Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1973

Giorgio Gomelsky was a pioneer of British rock in the sixties. In the second part of an interview with MM he talks about managing Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll and his ...

Jeff Beck…In Retrospect

Retrospective and Interview by Steven Rosen, Los Angeles Free Press, December 1973

JEFF BECK IS one of those characters who is so brilliantly erratic that he is constantly set-ting the music (and journalistic) world on its ear. ...

Jimmy Page: After All, It's Just a Piece of Wood With Strings...

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, October 1974

JIMMY PAGE talks about guitars he has owned, the development of his style and reminisces on those early Yardbird and Led Zep days ...

Zeus Of Zeppelin: An Interview with Jimmy Page

Interview by Mick Houghton, Circus, October 1976

You're your own record company bosses now with Swan Song, which is a far cry from the days when you were doing sessions for Decca ...

Jimmy Page: The Trouser Press Interview

Interview by Dave Schulps, Trouser Press, October 1977

Dave Schulps, senior editor of Trouser Press, spent more than six hours with Page, one of the longest interviews Page ever did. The interview was ...

Having a Rave-Up With The Yardbirds

Retrospective by Lenny Kaye, Guitar World, September 1981

CLAPTON, BECK and Page: a holy trinity whose rippling lead lines and powerful slashing chords have provided a world on instruction for countless aspiring players. ...

The Music Game as Played by Simon Napier-Bell — Label Owner, Songwriter, Producer, Manager

Interview by Jim Green, Trouser Press, October 1981

"THE OTHER day I was discussing doing a new kind of record deal for the States. The record companies are going to hate it, but ...

The Who, Yardbirds books

Book Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, January 1984

Before I Get Old: The Story Of The Who by Dave Marsh Yardbirds by John Platt, Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty ...

Jeff Beck on Jimmy Page

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar World, July 1986

The following excerpts are from a book I wrote in 1978 titled The Beck Book, a documentary detailing the life and music of guitarist Jeff ...

Jimmy Page: Of Yardbirds And The Shapes of Things to Come

Interview by Gene Santoro, Guitar World, July 1986

For a short time in the late sixties, Page and Beck were in one of the most happening bands to ever come out of England. Some say ...

Happenings 20 Years Time Ago: The Night The Yardbirds Played My High School Prom

Memoir by Tim VonderBrink, One Shot, Winter 1987

IT WAS PROM NIGHT, 1968. Boutonnieres, corsages, tuxedos, the works. Guys shaving their peach-fuzzed faces, adjusting their cummerbunds and climbing into their dads’ cars to ...

Dancing in the Street

Film/DVD/TV Review by Terry Staunton, Uncut, June 1998

THE ROCK'N'ROLL documentary is in fine shape in the Nineties, thanks mainly to the BBC. Second series of both Rock Family Trees and Classic Albums ...

Jimmy Page: Educating Jimmy

Retrospective by Kieron Tyler, MOJO, May 2001

Before Jimmy Page became a rock god, he was a sonic apprentice par excellence. ...

Led Zeppelin: Pre-Flyte

Retrospective by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, July 2007

THE YARDBIRDS were no more. After five years, four guitarists, and more legends than you could stuff inside a shoe shop, the band had finally ...

The Yardbirds and the Cereal Killer

Memoir by Keith Altham, unpublished, Summer 2009

THE YARDBIRDS were a '60s band that never quite found a fit and kept losing their shape as dissatisfied members came and went and the ...

Giorgio Gomelsky: An Interview

Retrospective and Interview by Archie Patterson, Eurock, Spring 2011

IF THERE EVER was a man who lived and breathed music it's the international vagabond Giorgio Gomelsky. Born in the former Soviet-Georgia, his parents fled ...

Got Dem Ol' Home Counties Blues Again, Mama: How the Surrey Delta shaped British rock from the early Stones to Led Zeppelin

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, September 2012

RIPLEY... EPSOM... WALLINGTON. The names hardly resonate in the way that Clarksdale or Greenville or Natchez do. Yet in their way these Surrey towns are ...

see also Jeff Beck

see also Box of Frogs

see also Eric Clapton

see also Jimmy Page

see also Renaissance

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