Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Paging Brooklyn Girl

Got this clip (along with lots else) for my birthday over the weekend.



Words fail me. It really is a crime against nature that these guys were in the proces of breaking up at the time.

7 comments:

Brooklyn Girl said...

Well. What can I say? Nobody kicked as much ass in as short an amount of time as the Yardbirds did. Nobody.

And the little thumbnails along the bottom of the screen at the end reveal some other gems ... like a version from 1966 with Paul Samwell-Smith on bass and Jeff Beck on lead ...

I think I died and went to heaven.

steve simels said...

The quality on the DVD is actually a little bit better than this.

I'll give it to you Saturday...

Gummo said...

steve, can you copy it for her? If not, I can.

steve simels said...

I don't think I can do DVDs....

Brooklyn Girl said...

You guys rock. Thx.

Mister Pleasant said...

Brooklyn Girl said...
Well. What can I say? Nobody kicked as much ass in as short an amount of time as the Yardbirds did. Nobody.


Damn straight. I've never warmed up much to the Clapton-era Yardbirds, but the Jeff Beck months (sadly so short) produced some of the most amazing noise every made. And no matter what you may say about Jimmy Page, when he was in the Yardbirds he was wild and brilliant.

Glad to see/hear that they were tearing it up right up 'til the end. Thanks for sharing.

Brooklyn Girl said...

Mister Pleasant and I must have been separated at birth.

My life was permanently changed the first time I heard "Having a Rave-Up", particularly when the first notes of "The Train Kept A-Rollin" came wailing though my speakers. I was so shocked I had to play it again before I turned the record over. The second side of that record is four live cuts, and about half-way through I thought, "That's not the same guy." Of course, I found out later it was Clapton, not Beck, on lead.

I then went out and bought the "For Your Love" album, which actually came out earlier. Beck is on the cover, but he only did three cuts on the album itself (which I only found out recently ... I thought it was Clapton all the way through ... it's just that, whenever "I'm Not Talking" came on, it always struck me as much edgier and more driven than all the other cuts. Guess why?).

Of the three, Beck is still the one I find most interesting. He's just about the only guitarist I'll go see live ... no need for vocals with that one.

And I think he's the only one of the three who's not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ...

I once had someone, who was trying to test my music knowledge, ask me to name the lead guitarists for the Yardbirds (I said, "Do you want them in alphabetical or chronological order?"). But in retrospect, that is the perfect question to ask, not just of me but of anyone.