This configuration of the Yardbirds is nearly as good as the original band. The original early tunes were pretty "raw" with clear indication of talent and genius to come from Clapton, Page and Beck. This mature band featuring original members Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty can still rock after 35 years. This "live" performance shows they can have a raucous good time and deliver the goods.
I regret missing the Yardbirds at B.B. King's this month. Even more so after hearing this cd. Original members McCarty And Dreja haven't lost a thing. The newer members are all top notch. If you are a fan of the Yardbirds or just great music. this is for you. Rock On.
First off I must admit to being a long time (original era) Yardbirds fan. Like thousands (hundreds of thousands) of guitar players who learned to play in the 60's, the Yardbirds "Having a Rave Up" with Jeff Beck's leads, was my tudor and musical bible. I followed Jimmy Page when he changed the bands name from The New Yardbirds to Led Zepplin (after all the original members left) and faithfully followed Beck and Clapton into their solo efforts. Jeff's work contniues to insire me. I have also been to BB KING's in New York City approximately 15-20 times over the past few years and I can tell you that it is the ultimate place to see any band. The acoustics are the best, the clubs PA system is state of the art and you are never more than 50-75 feet from the stage anywhere in the room. It is a very intimate and well thought out club. Combine a legendary band and a really nice concert venue and you have the ingredients for a great show. That is what you get on this CD. Yardbirds originals Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty have put together a well oiled and great sounding band that does a beautiful job of recreating the sound of the original Yardbirds from each era of the bands famous lead guitar changes (Clapton to Beck to Page). The guitar solos are mostly note-for-note recreations but played with enough energy to make them sound refreshing. They play all the major Yardbirds hits and most liked album tracks and even toss in some new stuff and a smokin' version of "Back Where I Started" which is a Box Of Frogs tune from Chris and Jim's 1984 band (the two Box Of Frogs albums featuring studio work from both Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck). The show with all of it's between song intro's is presented here in a nicely produced package. Get this CD. You will not be disappointed. Long live the Yardbirds!!
At first I was reluctant to purchase a cd by a band with only two original band members left but then I realized that The Yardbirds were always an ever changing band. This is one of the finest lineups yet playing all thier hits live(it's hard to find a Yardbirds compilation with all their hits). Just great non-stop blues-fusion.
There are only two original members left here in the Yardbirds now but give them credit for adding new members who really fit in and carrying on. This was recorded in a smaller venue and gives a good representation of what these guys sound like live nowdays. That sound is good old rock and blues that still sounds great today. Not only do they do the old gems you love but they mix in a few newer songs from their "Birdland" cd they put out a few years back. The guitar and harmonica interplay on here is fantastic and the vocals fit in perfectly. As the concert progresses the more these guys just flat out rock! If you used to be a Yardbirds fan give this cd a chance, I think you'll enjoy it.