TITLE: Having a Rave Up with the Yardbirds
YEAR RELEASED: 1965
CHART ACTION: #53
SINGLES: Heart Full of Soul (#9 US, #2 UK), Evil Hearted You (#3 UK), I’m a Man (#17 US)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Train Kept A-Rollin’
LINEUP: Keith Relf, Chris Dreja, Paul Samwell-Smith, Jim McCarty. Jeff Beck on the studio tracks. Eric Clapton on the live tracks.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: US record company release combines UK singles with half of the great UK live album Five Live Yardbirds.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: One half of the album contains the first recordings of the Yardbirds with Jeff Beck. They’re notable not only because Beck is on board, but they’re moving the band past the straight blues into other styles, some rooted in the blues, some not. All of the tracks on the studio side are excellent, and worth keeping.
The live side is redundant, though, for those of us who have the Five Live Yardbirds collection. Now, when this was released, in the US you got what you got, and you didn’t have that album yet. But the live cuts kind of mess with the flow of the record. But like their past US release, product was the name of the game.
The best thing to do, for you streamers and others, is to get the live album, and then pick the studio cuts here separately.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This is the definitive version of “Train Kept A-Rollin’” that seemingly every other version is based on.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, with extra cuts that are also on their next album or on other compilations.
GRADE: B: The studio side is great. But the redundancy of the live material makes it less essential.