here it comes: straightforward, wild rhythm & blues, just like straight from some young guys garage or basement. the yardbirds had been among my first favourite 60s bands, probably right after the beatles – and the introduction to that decade being more than just either beatles or stones (cause thats the picture you get if you grow up as much later as i did). so raunchy and down-to-earth, they incited my addiction to that mid 60s british r&b stuff – so lively and blistering!
these two songs however are just about my favourite yardbirds tracks, because they capture the early jeff beck-phase of the group in such a fantastic way. slightly leaving the blues roots and kicking off into a high-energy garage sound – oh what a blast! here we have a cover of bo diddleys classic ‘im a man‘ – drenched with keith relfs edgy blues harp playing and driven forward by jim mccartys steady drum beat. still not losing the charakter that mr mcdaniel had given this song, it gets a real rejuvenating cure here by these young, energetic lads.
same goes to the b-side, a cover of ‘train kept a rolling’, originally performed by tiny bradshaw in 1951 (the most famous version being recorded by johnny burnette in 1956). first the blues harp sets in imitating the train whistle, and just then the songs distinctive riff starts. there are some pretty awesome guitar solos by master beck in this track – the dual lead vocals are a bit annoying though (i dont know why but in this rip i can hear the other vocals more clearly than in the ‘official’ version), because it doesnt sound like theyre singing together, but rather like singing against each other. another interesting fact is that this song was the one the yardbirds played in the antonioni movie ‘blowup‘, although with altered lyrics – their own version is called ‘stroll on’ – sure their most famous film-performance.
however, i hope you will enjoy this classic piece of garage gold after the loooooong break i had to take this year. as always, feedback is appreciated – positive or negative – and if you have questions why there are no downloads anymore, just email me.
peace & love,