The Yardbirds

Happenings Ten Years Time Ago

Composed by Chris Dreja / Jeff Beck / Jim McCarthy / Keith Relf / Paul Samwell-Smith

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One of the greatest, lost singles from the 1966/1967 era, "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" is not only a great record, but also a very historic one as well. One of the precious three sides recorded when both Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page shared lead guitar duties, it brought these two giants together with sterling results. Led by a dark, Middle Eastern/psychedelic guitar riff, the song is quickly transformed into a frenetic, almost psychopathic rhythm, giving the whole affair a weird and powerful atmosphere. The idea of going back and forwards into time is paramount here, and was certainly one with the overall psychedelic ambience of the time. The record probably should have made the Top Ten worldwide, but only scraped the Top 40 on both sides of the Atlantic, possibly due to the fact that the mastering of the record sounded a bit rushed and a little muddy. There was also unparalleled competition at the time as well on the singles charts, and this very progressive record was somewhat lost in the shuffle. It is now available on the excellent Rhino collection Ultimate Yardbirds.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Roger the Engineer 1966 Demon Records
Over Under Sideways Down 1966 Repertoire 2:54
No Image 1966 Epic
Classic Rock: Rock Renaissance 1989
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:57
Over Under Sideways Down: A Comprehensive Collection 1963-1968 1990 Raven 2:56
No Image 1994 Import
The Yardbirds [Video/DVD] 1995 WEA International
Microdelia 1995
Various Artists
Diablo (UK) 3:00
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Psychedelia [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Cumular Limit 2000 Pilot 3:18
Ultimate! 2001 Rhino 2:57
Shapes of Things: The Best of the Yardbirds 2001 Music Club / Music Club Deluxe
Acid Drops, Spacedust & Flying Saucers: Psychedelic Confectionery 2001
Various Artists
Mojo Music (Independent) 2:56
Birdland 2003 Favored Nations Records 3:23
Live at B.B. King's Blues Club 2007 The Yardbirds 3:38
Best of the Yardbirds [Pegasus] 2007 Repertoire 2:57
As, Bs and EPs 2007 Repertoire 2:57
Happenings Ten Years Time Ago 1964-1968 2008 Raven 2:56
Beat, Beat, Beat 2009 Zeit1
The Roots of Led Zeppelin 2009
Various Artists
The Great American Music Company 2:57
Legend of the Yardbirds: 1964-1968 2009 Hudson Street
For Your Love: From Yardbirds to Zeppelin 2009 Immportal
Glimpses 1963-1968 2011 Easy Action Records 4:25
100 Hits: 60s Originals 2013
Various Artists
100 Hits 2:57
The Party Mix: Swinging '60s 2014
Various Artists
Crimson 2:57
Jon Savage Presents 1966: The Year the Decade Exploded 2015
Various Artists
Ace / Kent 2:55
No Image Tendolar
Extended Versions BMG / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment
Making Tracks: On Tour 2010-2012 Wienerworld
Rock 'N Roll All Nite
Various Artists
Somerset Entertainment 2:56
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