The Yardbirds

Last Rave-Up in L.A.

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A three-record set of the Yardbirds with Jimmy Page, recorded live in May and June of 1968, may sound real enticing, especially given the general scarcity of material that Page recorded with the band. But you should think real hard before forking over for it (in the unlikely event you can find a copy). The sound quality is abysmal, obviously recorded by a single mike somewhere not too close to the stage; you can barely hear the vocals and the instruments. Nor are the performances that great; the band sounds ragged though not quite dispirited. If the fidelity on these performances had been acceptable, there would have been some interesting, extremely extended versions of standbys like "I'm A Man," "I Wish You Would," and "White Summer" to be heard, along with the pre-Led Zep incarnation of "Dazed And Confused," finding the band improvising and jamming to a degree not allowable in the studio.