Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Yardbirds - For Your Love (1965)

Back in 1965, this album seemed like a real mess, which was understandable, because For Your Love wasn't a "real" album, in the sense that the Yardbirds ever assembled an LP of that name or content.

For Your Love [Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered]
Digitally remastered reissue of the band's second album, originally released on Epic in 1965 & now with liner notes by Jim McCarty & Chris Dreja and 13 historic bonus tracks, 'Baby What's Wrong' ('63 Version), 'Boom Boom', 'Honey In Your Hips', 'Talkin' 'Bout You', 'I Wish You Would' (Long Version), 'A Certain Girl' (Alternate Take - Demo Version), 'Got To Hurry' (Take 4), 'Sweet Music' (Take 4), 'Heart FullOf Soul' (Sitar Version), 'Steeled Blues', 'Paff Bumm' (German Issue), 'Questa Volta' (Italian Version) and 'Paff Bumm' (Italian Version). 24 tracks total. Also features the original cover art. Digipak. 1999 release

The quasi-progressive "For Your Love," dominated by guest artist Brian Auger's harpsichord, is juxtaposed with hard-rocking blues-based numbers, almost all of which featured departed lead guitarist Eric Clapton (who is mentioned nowhere on the LP), with current lead guitarist Jeff Beck on just three tracks. The Clapton cuts, although primitive next to the material he was soon to cut with John Mayall, have an intensity that's still riveting to hear four decades later, and was some of the best blues-based rock & roll of its era. The three Beck sides show where the band was really heading, beyond the immediate success of "For Your Love" -- "I'm Not Talking" and "I Ain't Done Wrong" were hard, loud, blazing showcases for Beck's concise blues playing, while "My Girl Sloopy" was the first extended jam to emerge on record from a band on the British blues scene; the source material isn't ideal, but Beck and company make their point in an era where bands were seldom allowed to go more than four minutes on even an album track -- these boys could play and make it count. The 13 bonus tracks are mostly blues-rock and are mostly scintillating, and the Repertoire CD has the best sound that any of this music has ever displayed.
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