[74] The Yardbirds - The Yardbirds (also known as Roger The Engineer) (1966)

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Jan 1 2009, 16h23

The Yardbirds - Roger the Engineer

So, Eric Clapton left the Yardbirds after the commercial succes of For Your Love because they had lost that bluesy feeling... but was soon replaced by Jeff Beck. Everyone is replacable, but you need a more than excellent guitarist to replace Eric Clapton... and Jeff Beck is all that. Thanks to his entry in The Yardbirds, their sound became more original. He played with sound distortion and other guitar experiments.

The result? A very, very exciting and original album!

First of all, there is of course some excellent and superb guitar playing going on, and some guitar solos are just great (Lost Woman, Rack My Mind, The Nazz Are Blue). This is guitar music how I love it!

The variation of this album is fantastic and all songs have something special. The music doesn't bore you for one second. I'm sorry Eric Clapton, but this album beats John Mayall's Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton easily (for my part).

So next to excellent guitar songs, there are also: Over, Under, Sideways, Down that includes eastern sounds: yes, we have been there already, but the song is superb (if not the best song on this album) thanks to the catchy "Hey!", Farewell: a child song on piano (and it works!), Jeff's Boogie: start dancing on some guitar music! now! and He's Always There that is such an original song with a very nice hypnotising rhythm. It is such a shame the song stops so soon (We want more guitars!)

Especially at the end, the songs become more original and different than the sound of the sixties: Turn Into Earth is less rocky but uses a very monotone song progress (think of Interpol's The Lighthouse), and Ever Since The World Began has a really dark beginning which flips in a happy pop song.

I had a certain image of The Yardbirds because of All Your Love: a great song, but very poppy indeed. I can't express how much this album surprised me: it features fantastic guitars, original sounds and never stops being exciting. Elementary!

(Verplicht op de ipod: Lost Woman, Over, Under, Sideways, Down, The Nazz Are Blue, He's Always There, Turn Into Earth)

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  • rockrobster23

    100% agreement! Don't know why this record isn't more famous.

    Jan 5 2009, 18h52
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