The first live album by one of the most important bands of all time. The kings of the beat, the trailblazers of the British R&B, The Yardbirds. A collection of groovy pieces and incendiary blues covers recorded in 1963 during the group’s legendary residency at the famous Crawdaddy Club in Richmond (London) where the Rolling Stones were formerly the house band. Produced by Giorgeo Gomelsky, historic Yardbirds’ manager and founder of the Club. Here are all of London 1963 songs ranked.
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9. Who do you love
“As a fan of the Yardbirds in the days they played regularly in the Marquee club in Wardour Street this is a bit of a nostalgic album. Much of the material is available elsewhere and the recording quality leaves much to be desired. Only recomended if you are a “compleatist”
8. Let it rock
“Without the Yardbirds the story of rock music would have been quite different and the music would have suffered greatly. There is no shortage of talent and energy in this band.”
7. Talkin ‘About You
“Hard rock, as it began in the late Sixties, basically emanates from the Brits–having thoroughly absorbed our Yank blues, R&B, and early rock and roll over the previous few years, and then combining it with psychedelia, young white English blokes (as well as a black American expatriate by the name of Hendrix) began upping the wattage and experimenting at earsplitting decibel levels.”
6. I Wish You Would
“They were trailblazers on many fronts and bands greatly benefited. This album shows you why they are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”
5. You Can’t Judge a Book by Looking at the Cover
“The music itself is great, of course. As it would turn out, this would be the only real album legendary guitarist Jeff Beck would record with the Yardbirds. “
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4. Smokestake Lightnin
“Even today these songs sound fresh and exciting, and are full of the promise of things to come, had The Yardbirds the ability to keep a lead guitarist for a longer tenure than just one album.”
3. Take it easy baby
“Jeff Beck was not a blues purist and steered the band into fresh and exciting musical areas over the next few hit singles, incorporating Gregorian chants, sitar-like psychedelic guitar, backward tapes and controlled feedback.”
2. Boom boom
“The Yardbirds were a fantastic band during all phases of their career. They are noted for having arguably the three greatest rock guitarist (Clapton, Beck, & Page) pass through their ranks and while this produced some great music, it also caused problems. “
1. Honey in your hips
“Good, but quite early sounding live and studio blues pop. This will probably appeal more to their fans than just the casual listener. The good thing with this jam-session is the mouth-harp by Sonny Boy Williamson that is all over the album!