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BBC Sessions
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BBC Sessions
Genres: Rock, Classic Rock
 
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33 tracks cut for the Beeb between 1965-68, including some recordings featuring Eric Clapton & Jimmy Page. Contains versions of classic hits like 'I Ain't Got You', 'For Your Love', 'Heart Full Of Soul', 'Shapes Of Things'...  more »

     

CD Details

All Artists: Yardbirds
Title: BBC Sessions
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Musicrama/Koch
Release Date: 8/19/1999
Album Type: Import
Genres: Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock, British Invasion
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 632427464525

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Album Description
33 tracks cut for the Beeb between 1965-68, including some recordings featuring Eric Clapton & Jimmy Page. Contains versions of classic hits like 'I Ain't Got You', 'For Your Love', 'Heart Full Of Soul', 'Shapes Of Things' and 'Over Under Sideways Down'. Digipak. 1999 release.

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CD Reviews

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Mike Reed | USA | 11/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Depending on your taste, this just may be the best BBC collection of tunes ever released. Recorded during several of the band's appearances on the BBC between 1965-68. A total of 26 tracks, with 20 featuring Jeff Beck and 6 featuring Jimmy Page. Sorry, no Clapton.'...BBC' has an excellent choice of tunes, including slightly different versions of "I Ain't Got You", "I Wish You Would", their signature song "Heart Full Of Soul", the foot-stomping "I'm A Man", "Evil Hearted You", "Train Kept A Rollin'" any my ultimate Yardbirds favorite "Over, Under, Sideways, Down". Only downside of 'BBC...' is the announcer yapping between every single tune. Someone maybe should've edited at least some of that out. I would still highly recommend this CD."
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Morten Vindberg | Denmark | 05/21/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This CD contains the majority of what the Yardbirds recorded on the BBC during 1965-68.

The first 3 tracks features Eric Clapton guitar, the last 6 Jimmy Page and the rest of them Jeff Beck.

Most of these recordings are very good and sounding really nice. They prove that the band was very competent and able to re-create their fine studio-recordings in live situations.

A few of these songs were never released on any of the regular Yardbirds albums.

"Love me Like I Love You" is a band compostion from 1965; from shortly after Clapton left. The song is quite nice, but it probably never reached a satisfactory final arrangement.

Their version of Elmore James'"Dust My Blues" is very good, but almost the same as Jeff's Boogie from "Roger the Engineer".

"Scratch My Back" is another band-composition that eventually developed into "Rack My Mind".

"The Sun is Shining" is another Elmore James song, also covered by Fleetwood Mac. A great blues; and arranged pretty much like "New York City Blues".

A big surprise for me was their cover of Bob Dylan's "Most Likely You Go Your Way". The recording is from the jimmy Page era. They were obviously at this stage in big confusion about which musical direction to follow.

The strongest of these "new" tracks is without comparison the closing track "My Baby"; unfortunately this is also one the tracks in the poorest sound-quality.

Of the more well-known Yardbirds material all Jimmy Page recordings sound very inspired. I particularly like "Little Games", "Think About It" and "Goodnight Sweet Josephine". Unfortunately they do sound like they were not taken from original BBC-tapes.

The versions of "Shapes of Things", "Heart Full of Soul", "I Ain't Done Wrong", "You're a Better Man", "Evil Hearted You" etc are great. In fact most Jeff Beck recordings are sounding surprisingly good.

I have to note that I never understood why they bothered to record a song like "Hang on Sloopy". The version here sound even more uninspired than the "For Your Love" version.

This CD is obviously a must-buy for Yardbirds fans."
They do this to make me mad
R. McDaniel | Memphis, TN USA | 07/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I like getting newer versions of favorite albums from time to time. I was excited to see this album on amazon until I realized I already bought it in 1993, minus the interviews. Still, if the sould quality is that much improved I may have to buy it again. More material lying in the vaults would surely get my heart pumping . . ."