If Jeff Beck’s Only Contribution Had Been 1965-66 with The Yardbirds…

If Jeff Beck had never recorded anything beyond 1966 and his tenure with The Yardbirds, he would still be regarded as one of the greatest guitar gods ever. In the event you are not familiar, here are ten compelling reasons why: “Shapes of Things,” “Over Under Sideways Down,” “Happenings Ten Years Time Ago,” “Heart Full of Soul,” “I’m Not Talking,” “You’re a Better Man,” “The Train Kept A-Rollin’,” “Jeff’s Boogie,” “The Nazz are Blue,” and “I’m a Man” (NOT the Clapton live version).

The Yardbirds

[The Yardbirds: Keith Relf, lead vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica; Jeff Beck, lead guitar; Chris Dreja, rhythm guitar; Paul Samwell-Smith, bass guitar, backing vocals; Jim McCarty, drums, percussion, backing vocals; Jimmy Page, lead guitar]

Beck replaced Eric Clapton. There are only three tracks with Jimmy Page on guitar. Beck is the lead guitarist on For Your Love (1965) three tracks, Having a Rave Up with The Yardbirds (1965) side one (studio), and Roger the Engineer (1966) U.K. (The U.S. version is Over Under Sideways Down.) The Yardbirds’ Greatest Hits (1967) included “Shapes of Things” and “Happenings Ten Years Time Ago,” both of which were issued as singles previously.





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