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Having A Rave Up [Import, Original recording remastered]

YardbirdsAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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The Yardbirds are mostly known to the casual rock fan as the starting point for three of the greatest British rock guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. Undoubtedly, these three figures did much to shape the group's sound, but throughout their career, the Yardbirds were very much a unit, albeit a rather unstable one. And they were truly one of the great rock bands; one whose ... Read more in Amazon's Yardbirds Store

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  • Audio CD (June 1, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B00000I15F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,608 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mr. Your A Better Man Than I
2. Evil Hearted You
3. I'm A Man
4. Still I'm Sad
5. Heart Full Of Soul
6. Train Kept A Rollin'
7. Smokesatck Lightning
8. Respectable
9. I'm A Man
10. Here 'Tis
11. Shapes Of Things
12. New York City Blues
13. Jeff's Blues(Part 1)
14. Someone To Love(Part 1)
15. Someone To Love(Part 2)
16. Like Jimmy Reed Again
17. Chris Number
18. What Do You Want
19. Here 'Tis
20. Here 'Tis(Version For Rsg)
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Remastered. Digipack. 21 Tracks, Live Tracks, Outtakes and Rarites.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome mid-sixties rock album. May 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The Yardbirds' third album (and their second with guitarist Jeff Beck, who replaced Eric Clapton) is one of the very best rock records of the entire mid-60s, a scintillating collection of tunes that plays like a best-of collection. In its original (vinyl) incarnation, Having a Rave Up was split neatly down the middle: Side 1 consisted of six studio tunes recorded with Beck on guitar, while Side 2 featured four songs recorded live during the group's Clapton days (these recordings, as well as several others, can be found on the group's 1964 U.K. debut, Five Live Yardbirds). This may seem like a messy and unfocused way to organize an album, but it works fantasticaly well- the record effectively showcases the unique talents of each guitarist, as well as the distinctive features of both eras of the band's career. The first half is marked by Beck's effects-laden guitar virtuosity- the band's amazing rendition of "Train Kept A-Rollin'" is a hyperactive rush of fuzz-toned soloing and brutal thunderclouds of feedback. Keith Relf's exuberant, double-tracked vocals are equally inpressive. The cover of Bo Diddley's "I'm A Man" is another freewheeling classic, propelled by a storming, air-tight rhythm section and some swaggering harmonicas from Relf. The instrumental break, in which the tempo switches to a double-time gallop and Beck turns his guitar into a pure rhythm machine, is nothing short of dazzling. "Mister, You're A Better Man Than I" burns with quiet intensity, riding along on Jim McCarty's crackling drums and some bitterly sarcastic vocals. Jeff's searing, distorted guitar solo is, of course, superb. "Heart Full Of Soul" is a slice of minor-key mid 60s cool with a few superb fuzz-toned guitar interjections. Read more ›
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1965, not 1966 April 11, 2009
Format:Audio CD
"Having a Rave Up" actually came out in late 1965 ... "Heart Full of Soul" was a hit in London during the summer of that year (I know from personal experience). I bought this album without hearing it on the basis of comments made by Clay Cole in the December 1965 issue of 16 magazine ... he said that, "if you were a guitar fan, Jeff Beck was the best one out there (even George Harrison and Keith Richards said so!)." He was right.

This album changed my life. It redefined rock & roll, and was the first (and one of the all-time best) examples of what can happen when musicians push the envelope. Beck has gone on to create some of the most interesting and innovative music imaginable; his recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was long overdue.

Buy it. You won't be disappointed!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great milestone in 1960s rock'n'roll. December 28, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Having a Rave Up is one of the best albums from the 1960s. In particular, one might find interesting, I'M A MAN, STILL I'M SAD, HEART FULL OF SOUL, EVIL HEARTED YOU, and MISTER YOU'RE A BETTER MAN THAN I.

These tunes feature easy-to-learn guitar leads and riffs, some more developed than others. In subsequent recorded work, Jeff Beck produced exciting and creative lead guitar solos and riffs in LOST WOMAN, SHAPES OF THINGS, JEFF'S BOOGIE, HAPPENINGS TEN YEARS TIME AGO and BECK'S BOLERO. In particular, LOST WOMAN features the most interesting pairing of guitar and harmonica to be found in the entire genre of rock'n'roll, or perhaps even in the entire history of recorded music.

Moreover,what distinguishes this album is the deadpan, British-style singing of Keith Relf. Other examples of British deadpan singing can be found, for example, in anything by the 80s New Wave group, Squeeze, and anything by the 80s New Wave group, Gang of Four.

In guitar other work from that era, comparable lead guitar solo work can be found in Pink Floyd's COMFORTABLY NUMB, Vanilla Fudge's YOU KEEP ME HANGING ON, anything from The Greatful Dead's first album, and Quicksilver Messenger Service's THE FOOL. I might also recommend Return To Forever's first album, HYMN OF THE SEVENTH GALAXY. Unlike most "jazz fusion" albums, HYMN OF THE SEVENTH GALAXY cannot whatsoever be mistaken for easy listening music. This album features excellent, easy-to-learn guitar leads in a style not too far removed from that of Jeff Beck.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rating is irrelevant... April 11, 2007
Format:Audio CD
There is another Japanese issue of this album/cd that I picked up recently that has a variation on the track listing as well as those numbers actually on the album. Interestingly enough, not all of the original tracks listed on the cover of the cd are included. Missing are: Smokestack Lighting, Respectable, and Here 'Tis, yet Steeled Blues, Shapes of Things, New York City Blues, Questa Volta, Paff...Bum, What Do You Want, Jeff's Blues, Someone to Love (Parts 1 & 2), For RSG, Like Jimmy Reed Again, Chris' Number, Pounds and Stomps, Stroll On, and a more Indian-style version of Heart of Soul can be found among the 22 songs on the version I own. So, for those of you looking for particular numbers, I'd check with Amazon to see if their Japanese import is like the one I just bought in Japan.

All of that aside, it's a rocking album full of Jeff Beck's riffs and stings and the majority of tracks are classic Beck-era Yardbirds. Saddest song not here is the later Over Under Sideways Down, but then again, it wasn't recorded yet. Were it included, this would be more like a Jeff Beck's Yardbirds Greatest Hits. Regardless, things of note, the descending rapid-fire pull off lick in Evil Hearted You - a Beck trademark if there ever was one, the many instrumentals especially Jeff's Blues which borrows heavily from Howlin' Wolf's Highway 49, and the highly learnable yet still vital for nascent guitarists take on Train Kept A-Rollin,' infinitely more subtle and fun than the Aerosmith version.

This may not be a musical masterpiece but it is a crucial link in the chain from blues to hard rock and beyond and is an invaluable primer for any would-be rock and roll guitarist.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars early yard birdies
Wow, this album's cool! Actually I used to hate the Yardbirds for some reason. No wait, that's not true. I used to just think they were irrelevant and pointless. Read more
Published 1 month ago by B. E Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars In the beginning
When this record came out I was more into Blues and soul music. Which meant I loved the stones also. Read more
Published 9 months ago by MAJOR MALFUNCTION
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah Yardbirds!!!
Shape of things, I'm a man,and train kept a rollin.Jeff Beck !!!Good old british blues rock with an attitude!!!! Recommended!!!!
Published 18 months ago by scott d truckey
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic album features Beck and Clapton
One of my favorite albums as a kid. It established Jeff Beck as the number one guitar hero until Hendrix came along and Clapton got famous. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Peter McGruff
4.0 out of 5 stars Schizophrenic
I give this album 4 stars only because one side deserves more than 5 stars, and the other side is rather mediocre. Read more
Published on April 14, 2012 by D Sparkman
5.0 out of 5 stars This album literally changed my life! No kidding.
In 1966 I spent my summer as camp counsellor at a Boy Scount camp and shared a cabin with 3 other guys. I brought along a record player and my albums, mostly Kinks and Beatles. Read more
Published on November 8, 2010 by Rick Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Yardbirds
This LP, I bought the vinyl way back when , was such a wonderful experience. The band played with the fringe element of Psychedelic rock and perfectly infused the blues element... Read more
Published on October 27, 2008 by Mark L. Mckenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational!
Considered by many to be The Yardbirds' best, whether it is or is not true, hardly matters. It's good. That's all that really matters.

The opening track, "Mr. Read more
Published on February 6, 2008 by freedom78
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange Track Listings But Still Good Blues Rock!
Coming after a great debut album "For Your Love", "Rave Up" signals a band seeking to improve itself and to not rest on its laurels. Read more
Published on October 7, 2007 by Frederick Baptist
5.0 out of 5 stars I got this album when it first came out ...
It was December 1965, and after reading a music column by Clay Cole saying that Jeff Beck was the best guitarist out there, I knew I had to have this album. Read more
Published on June 25, 2007 by W. D. Cohen
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