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Birdland

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I'm Not Talking
2:44
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Crying Out for Love
4:36
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The Nazz Are Blue
3:15
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For Your Love
3:20
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Please Don't Tell Me 'Bout the News
4:00
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Train Kept a Rollin'
3:38
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Mr. Saboteur
4:55
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Shapes of Things
2:38
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My Blind Life
3:33
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Over, Under, Sideways, Down
3:16
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Mr. You're a Better Man Than I
3:22
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Mystery of Being
4:08
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Dream Within a Dream
4:44
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Happenings Ten Years Time Ago
3:22
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An Original Man (A Song for Keith)
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 15   Total Length: 56:52

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Gathering

Progressive-Hobo

Just cherry picking the best of the greatest… The Yardbirds were a great rock & roll band back in the day and there are several sweet ripe ones here! Just look at what sprang up from these roots.... Amazing!

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Pretty Good

BigD-Bluez

I bought this when it came out and didn't regret it. Yeah the band's mostly different but they sound good and have some hot guests, and you know they play it like they mean it, and the songs are still great.

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One of the best albums

CreditonJules

I don't really mind how many of the band were the originals (to be quite honest I'm not old enough to remember them)! All I can say is I like the music and I think it is one of the best albums on eMusic for sound quality.

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all star tribute of sorts

Dvoodoo

here are the songs with special guests: The Nazz Are Blue (featuring Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter) For Your Love (featuring Johnny Rzeznik) Train Kept a Rolling (featuring Joe Satriani) Shapes of Things (featuring Steve Vai) My Blind Life (featuring Jeff Beck) Over, Under, Sideways, Down (featuring Slash) Mr. You're a Better Man Than I (featuring Brian May) Happenings Ten Years Time Ago (featuring Steve Luthaker)

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Train Kept a Rollin'

emaildropbox

It seems to differ some from the original recording but it is not bad.

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For Your Love

jamesjszabo

As noted in the reviews, only two of the original band members are present but it sounds good to me. I only downloaded this one track but I am satisfied with it. It sounds like what I am used to it sounding like.

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Very representative of what The Yardbirds are!

ldzeppelin

This is a GREAT album. My interest in The Yardbirds started with Mr. Jimmy Page and grew from there. This album being mixed with covers and new could have easily been all written at the same time! The guest do wonderful work (even if J.P. wasn't invited to be on it!) and the covers of the original work are very very good. The special treat though comes in the new numbers, my favorite being "An Original Man (A Song For Keith), bandmate who met his end in the late 70's in an unfortunate accident. A superb piece of work that several years after it's release still hits my rotation often. PICK THIS UP! You won't regret it!

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Top Quality Bluesy Rock

Zoso

If you're alreay a fan of the Yardbirds, then this is reccommended. If you don't know the Yardbirds but are interested in checking them out, this is the one I'd suggest. Bluesy rock at it's best. Saw the band in Glasgow recently. Go see them if they play near you.

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Great music!

Kay

I bought the cd the week it was released and it spent a year in heavy rotation both at home and at work. Since there are only two original members left the band perhaps is more a Yardbirds tribute than the "true" Yardbirds, but the music is great and worth the listen. They are closer to what the Yardbirds once were than Box Of Frogs (with three original members) and all the music on this cd is worthy of the Yardbirds name.

They Say All Music Guide

When this came out in 2003, it marked the first studio release by the Yardbirds in 35 years. In that time, of course, the personnel had changed quite a bit. Even those inclined to get excited by reunions of great bands should know right off that it includes just two original members, drummer Jim McCarty and rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja (though Jeff Beck plays guest guitar on one number, “My Blind Life”). Rounded out by three “new” members (including bassist John Idan, whose lead singing sounds fairly close to original Yardbirds vocalist Keith Relf in style and tone), the record also features guest lead guitar cameos by Jeff Baxter, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Brian May, with Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls singing lead on “For Your Love.” The instinct is to make cruel, sardonic jokes about how the absence of Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and (for the most part) Jeff Beck doesn’t matter, as guitarists were always the weak links in the Yardbirds anyway. Yes, the non-presence of these fabled guitar heroes, as well as Relf (who died in 1976), does mean that this can’t be compared in any way to the group’s classic 1960s output, even if it’s billed to the Yardbirds’ name. For all that, however, this is a lot better than you’d expect, and certainly far more respectable than most reunion/comeback efforts by decimated lineups of classic outfits. The production is straight-ahead without the usual sellouts to modern technology, putting the sleek guitar work to the fore. Half the record has remakes of old Yardbirds staples like “For Your Love,” “Shapes of Things,” and “Happenings Ten Years Time Ago,” but they’re not done badly, though you feel as though you’re listening to a really good Yardbirds tribute band rather than the real deal. The original material, though not as good as those old Yardbirds tunes, actually sounds — whether as a result of conscious or unconscious effort — in the Yardbirds style, with plenty of irregular tempos, minor-keyed melodies, metaphysically questing lyrics, and Gregorian vocals (as on the Relf tribute “An Original Man (A Song for Keith)”). – Richie Unterberger

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