Japanese Victor Corporation, better known as JVC, has issued their own remastered versions of the Yardbirds' classic mid-'60s recordings – including Having a Rave Up – independently of Repertoire Records' digipack-style reissues. The most obvious difference is their mini-LP sleeve packaging; but the JVC producers have also radically altered the song content of their Having a Rave Up CD, in recognition of the fact that the original U.S.-released LP's second side consisted of four live tracks taken from Five Live Yardbirds, which hadn't been issued in the U.S., but which does exist as a CD from JVC. Rather than repeat those four tracks from the other CD, the producers have eliminated them, keeping only the original LP's six studio tracks (all single A- and B-sides) from side one. They've loaded up 16 bonus tracks, including the sitar version of "Heart Full of Soul," the proto-metal "Shapes of Things," and the string-bending "New York City Blues" (which features Chris Dreja's most aggressive rhythm guitar work, as well as some of Jeff Beck's best lead playing), the Italian-language singles "Paff…Boom" and "Questa Volta," plus the German version of the former (all of which are essentially Keith Relf solo tracks), the Blow Up featured number "Stroll On" (featuring Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, in another premature heavy metal track), and the studio outtakes "For R.S.G." (the group's studio version of Bo Diddley's "Here 'Tis"), and the multiple Roger the Engineer demos ("What Do You Want," "Someone to Love" etc.).This Japanese import reissue contains 16 bonus cuts.
The Yardbirds are an English rock band that had a string of hits in the mid-1960s, including "For Your Love", "Over Under Sideways Down" and "Heart Full of Soul". The group is notable for having started the careers of three of rock's most famous guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, all of whom were in the top five of Rolling Stone's 100 Top Guitarists list (Clapton at No. 2, Page at No. 3 and Beck at No. 5).
The Yardbirds are an English rock band that had a string of hits in the mid 1960s, including "For Your Love", "Over Under Sideways Down" and "Heart Full of Soul". The group is notable for having started the careers of three of rock's most famous guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, all of whom were in the top fifteen of Rolling Stone's 100 Top Guitarists list (Clapton as #4, Page as #9, and Beck as #14).
This DVD documentary has been released in the United States covering The Yardbirds' career from 1963 - 1968. Released by MVD Visual, "The Story of The Yardbirds" features interviews with band members and associates, archival footage and bonus material. Eric Clapton's tenure with the band is highlighted in live performance footage ("Louise" and "I Wish You Would") from 1964. There is lots of footage of Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page as well. The bonus material is Jimmy Page performing live in Germany in 1964.
It was the only Yardbirds album with all originally-written material. Although the record was officially titled The Yardbirds, it has since been referred to, first colloquially, then semi-officially, as Roger the Engineer, a title stemming from the drawing on its front cover, a cartoon of the record's audio engineer Roger Cameron by band member Chris Dreja. Due to the influence of Jeff Beck's experimentation with guitar distortion, the album is considered a precursor to heavy metal.