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The Story of the Yardbirds (2008)

Jeff Beck , Eric Clapton  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Zeit Media Limited
  • DVD Release Date: November 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DGFGRC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,508 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

NTSC region 0 DVD. This DVD tells the visual story of one of Rock's legendary bands and contains interviews and also footage of the band which continues to this day led by Jim McCarty and Chris Dreja.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This DVD on the HiQ label is a quirky release. It's a UK produced DVD distributed by Voiceprint - which has been releasing the Tony Palmer films in the US this year. The DVD feature is a reissue of a 1992 Documentary on the Yardbirds produced by Delilah productions for Atlantic Records and released on VHS in 1993 by Warner Strategic Marketing (It still has the copyright notice at the end). The 53-minute film features new interviews (at the time it was produced) with all the then living members. Vocalist and harmonica player Keith Reif died in the 1970s. The story of the short span of five years that the band was together is laid out with interviews combined with rare archival footage of performances in the US (Hullabaloo), French and Belgian TV and the BBC. There are many full numbers (though I wish they had indexed these as separate chapters for repeated viewing). The interviews are insightful, particularly the comments from Jeff Beck.

There is also a "Bonus Feature" which consists of a FABULOUS performance of four numbers from the German TV show "Beat Beat Beat" from 1967, with a seven-minute version of "I'm A Man" that's worth the price of the DVD alone. (There are more "Beat Beat Beat" shows coming early next year from HiQ and I, for one, am excited to see these. The crisp print and great camera close-ups are perfect.

The DVD comes with a booklet of, supposedly, liner note but most of the 20-page booklet is devoted to an essay and liner notes for a new Yardbirds album "Birdland" recorded in 2003v with new members. These notes have nothing at all to do with the story here.

I would give this DVD five stars for what's on the disc - but dropped a star because of this strange packaging, which makes no sense.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great viewing, but the running time is WRONG. December 23, 2012
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
The content of this program is great...just what I hoped far, aside from the fact that the performance clips were short and truncated. Great interview segments though, and the video footage is definitely rare and precious for fans of the Yardbirds, Clapton, Beck and Page. My only real gripe is that the running time is only HALF of what it claims (1 hr. 45 min.). After the show is over, it just repeats itself! What a dirty trick...of course, it's no big deal since the video is so cheap. I would have bought it even if they had listed the running time accurately as 52 minutes. Maybe it's just an honest error, but they should fix that so that there are no unpleasant surprises.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy addition to any fan's library. November 1, 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The Yardbirds played a crucial part in the history and development of rock. The Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart, Led Zep, Clapton's many excursions, and even Renaissance(!)were all outgrowths of the band.
This video tells the story very well. Lots of classic, though incomplete, live footage is included and almost all the original participants weigh in with facts and anecdotes. The video is well-edited and easy to watch. Not for fans only this piece is recommended to all rock/pop music lovers but probably essential for true Yardbirds fans.
Additionally, this edition includes four complete live performances from the final incarnation of the Yardbirds - Jimmy Page, Chris Dreja, Keith Relf, and Jim McCarty - which is also sold separately. So it has added value.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff December 21, 2008
Format:DVD
As one reviewer suggested this might be a bootleg as it's not listed on the official Yardbirds website.

Nonetheless this is worth every penny if only for the excellent quality of live music and TV show footage.

There are plenty of band interviews with all of the living Yardbirds including some Clapton, lots of Beck and Page and Peter Grant even gets some camera time. There is one band interview in particular from sometime in the 90's and Beck is straightforward hilarious with his behind the scenes stories and critiques of things like Blow Up.

This is very well put together, tells the story and is entertaining.
If it is a bootleg or something done without the band's consent then whoever made this should be in big trouble right now.
I have Googled for Yardbirds lawsuits against HiQ and could find nothing.

People want to see this stuff, especially things about short lived, ground breaking, inventive and elusive bands (Hello Joy Division!).

If the Yardbirds or any band that cares about it's "legacy" wants make sure the history of their existence gets the correct treatment they should beat all others to the punch and do it themselves (Hello XTC!).

Take the Beatles example and claim your history and stop your sobbing (Hello Kinks!)
Eventually someone cobbles together a video history of these bands, if not for the love of the music then for money, either way it will get done and we the adoring public will eat it up.
Surely people who have been in this business as long as the Yardbirds know that.

I'll give it 5 stars just to annoy the "guy who knows the band" and that I really do enjoy it and will watch it repeatedly. Hey lighten up, it's only Rock and Roll!

Great stuff,Love it, Buy it now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British invasion? April 27, 2014
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Way back when the Stones and Beatles were doing their thing. This group stood out. Three guitar greats passed through the band, Clapton, Page and Beck. And for a time both Page and Beck worked it with a dual lead sound. Early British rock history.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars but overall a decent look at a great band.
Some filler, but overall a decent look at a great band.
Published 18 days ago by ROBERT DRDUL
4.0 out of 5 stars The Yardbirds - beginning to Led Zep
A good look at the evolution of the Ybirds, and how they morphed into LZ.
Published 26 days ago by M. Panepinto
5.0 out of 5 stars The amazing Yardbirds
The fact that three top rock guitarists - Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page spent time in this band is truly remarkable. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Kevin E. Asmussen
3.0 out of 5 stars History on a band I still enjoy
It's nice to see historical footage on such a great band and also to see the changes they went through.
Published 4 months ago by Deborah McKenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Yardbirds
Great flick. A must see for fans of mid 1960s Brit rock. Lots of good footage of a seminal act.
Published 5 months ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight from the source
This doc had the original band members speaking about their personal experiences in the band. Some times these docs give you modern day music artist giving their opinions of how... Read more
Published 5 months ago by M. Baca
5.0 out of 5 stars A treat for fans of the Yarbirds and (in my humble opinion) worthy of...
From the viewpoint of a fan of the band and music - I enjoyed and recommend. There will be those who say it is not enough and/or incomplete, points to which I will not disagree,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by D.T.
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly lacking in content
Disappointingly lacking in content, for a much loved band from my youth I was expecting far more. IMHO not worth the money!
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good documentary
Very interesting. I am not old enough to have heard the Yardbirds when they first started making music, so it was really interesting to me to watch this and find out things I did... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeff Beck!!!!
Big Jeff beck fan, and lotsa early unseen interviews here! Great early footage of the band although surprisingly little from the pre-Beck Eric Clapton days/
Published 7 months ago by Wayne Lenig
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