Wednesday, November 5, 2014

five live yardbirds

The Yardbirds took flight with the smokestack lightning of this high speed twelve bar blues rave up.  The group started in London in 1963 as Metropolitan Blues Quartet with Paul Samwell-Smith and Keith Relf.  Jim McCarty, Chris Dreja, and Top Topham joined them and they became the Blue-Sounds before taking on the name The Yardbirds.  They became a big part of the rising rhythm and blues scene and took over for the Rolling Stones as the house band at the Crawdaddy Club.   Eric Clapton took over on lead guitar when Topham left and the club's owner Giorgio Gomelsky became their manager.  They were signed to Columbia Records and recorded their debut album live at the Marquee Club in London in March of 1964.  

'Five Live Yardbirds' features Eric "Slowhand" Clapton on lead guitar, and co-lead vocals on "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl";  Chris Dreja on rhythm guitar;  Jim McCarty on drums;   Keith Relf on lead vocals, harmonica, and maracas;  Paul "Sam" Samwell-Smith on bass guitar, and co-lead vocals on "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl".    'Five Live Yardbirds' was produced by Giorgio Gomelsky and engineered by Phillip Wood.  

The band became famous for the building jams within the instrumental break of a song, called "rave ups".  McCarty muses:   "I don’t know if anyone’s done a rave-up quite the same – I haven’t really heard it played by anybody else. We were just trying to make the music a bit more exciting, and I think it was Paul Samwell-Smith’s idea to pump up the bass and the drums, and build the band up to this crescendo: it was all in order to get the audience going."

Dreja considers:   "A little rave-up doesn't do your soul any harm at all, you know. It's all good stuff. You can have sex, or you can have a rave-up, but it's all good for you...Music takes you to the places that nothing else does. It's as simple as that. Especially when times are a little bit tough for people...In '62 and '63, England was still pretty black and white. It was very post-war for us, and especially for young people. Basically, there was absolutely fuck-all to do! [There was] nothing to go out and see; everything was very establishment. When I was lucky enough to go to art school, along with Eric Clapton and Top Topham, we had a certain amount of academic freedom. We all kind of discovered your great American blues music at the same time, and it had so much passion and energy, we kind of thought maybe we could play this music, which was sort of crazy, you know. It was very, very exciting. Suddenly we had bought cheapo guitars, and we had this passion between three young people that evolved into joining up with Keith and Paul Samwell-Smith, and forming a true band that was lucky enough to catch that gestalt of the moment. There were lots of clubs opening up, like The Marquee in London, and suddenly the kids turned around and had something totally for themselves, and not just in music, but also film, theater... it all happened very quickly. Your feet really didn't touch the ground, it was just from A to B awfully fast. It was a wonderful time, really a wonderful time."

'Five Live Yardbirds' didn't chart; but it became an underground classic as the band became more famous later on.  It was only available as an import in the US for many years, although several tracks from the album appeared on the US compilation 'Having a Rave Up'.

"Too Much Monkey Business" /  "Got Love If You Want It"  /  "Smokestack Lightning"

"I'm a Man" / "Here 'Tis"

'Five Live Yardbirds'
full album:

recorded at the Marquee Club, in London, England on 13 March 1964.

Side one
"Too Much Monkey Business" (Chuck Berry) – 3:51
"Got Love If You Want It" (Slim Harpo) – 2:40
"Smokestack Lightning" (Howlin' Wolf) – 5:35
"Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" (H. G. Demarais) – 2:42
"(She's So) Respectable" (O'Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley) – 5:35
Side two
"Five Long Years" (Eddie Boyd) – 5:18
"Pretty Girl" (Ellas McDaniel) – 3:04
"Louise" (John Lee Hooker) – 3:43
"I'm a Man" (McDaniel) – 4:33
"Here 'Tis" (McDaniel) – 5:10

bonus tracks

recorded at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, Surrey, England on 8 December 1963.
"You Can't Judge a Book by Looking at the Cover" (Willie Dixon) – 2:56
"Let It Rock" (Berry) – 2:16
"I Wish You Would" (Billy Boy Arnold) – 5:53
"Who Do You Love?" (McDaniel) – 4:07
"Honey in Your Hips" (Keith Relf) – 2:27

"A Certain Girl" (Naomi Neville) – 2:17
"Got to Hurry" (O. Rasputin) – 2:47
"Boom Boom" (Hooker) – 2:24
"I Ain't Got You" (Calvin Carter) – 1:59
"Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" (Studio Version) – 2:44

'Having a Rave Up'
full album:

You're a Better Man Than I-00:00 (Mike Hugg, Brian Hugg)
Evil Hearted You-03:19 (Graham Gouldman) 
I'm a Man -05:45 (Ellas McDaniel aka Bo Diddley) 
Still I'm Sad-08:24 (Paul Samwell-Smith, Jim McCarty)
Heart Full of Soul-11.24 (Gouldman) 
The Train Kept A-Rollin-13:53 (Tiny Bradshaw, Howard Kay, Lois Mann) 
Smokestack Lightning-17:20 (Chester Burnett aka Howlin' Wolf) 
Respectable -23:01 (O'Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley) 
I'm a Man-28:37 (McDaniel) 
Here 'Tis-33:09 (McDaniel) 

Shapes of Things-38:20 (Paul Samwell-Smith, Keith Relf, Jim McCarty) 
New York City Blues-40:47 (Relf, Chris Dreja) 
Jeff's Blues -45:07 (The Nazz Are Blue" demo) (Jeff Beck) 
Someone to Love-48:12 (Lost Woman demo, Part 1, Take 15) (Beck, Relf, Samwell-Smith, Dreja, McCarty) 
Someone to Love-50:37 (Lost Woman demo, Part 2) (Beck, Relf, Samwell-Smith, Dreja, McCarty) 
Like Jimmy Reed Again-54:56 (demo) (Beck, Relf, Samwell-Smith, Dreja, McCarty) 
Chris' Number-58:01 (demo) (Beck, Relf, Samwell-Smith, Dreja, McCarty) 
What Do You Want-1:05:27 (demo, Take 4) (Beck, Relf, Samwell-Smith, Dreja, McCarty) 
Here 'Tis (demo)-1:08:39 (McDaniel)  
Here 'Tis-1:12:30 (aka "For RSG", track for Ready Steady Go! TV broadcast) (McDaniel) 
Stroll On-1:16:36 (Relf, Beck, Jimmy Page, Dreja, McCarty) 


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