June 15, 2007
-- by Dave Johnson
I have always been a fan of the 60's British rock group The Yardbirds. This band pioneered a lot of the British "psychedelic" rock scene and included at various times Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. (How many of you know that Led Zeppelin was originally named The New Yardbirds?)
My wife grew up in London and used to go see the Yardbirds perform. I only got to go to Woodstock.
ANYway, last year (oops, 2003) some of them got together and put out an album called Birdland. I've been listening to it, and it is turning into listening to it over and over. It is a great album and if you remember the Yardbirds I suggest giving it a listen. It has some great new material and excellent versions of some of the classics. John "Gypie" Mayo is great on guitar and there are "guest appearances" from Brian May, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Slash, and Jeff Beck. And there is awesome harmonica playing by Alan Glen.
Follow this Amazon link to hear samples:
The title line is a lyric from the song Still I'm Sad.
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