The Yardbirds

Live Saga 63-67

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An import compilation of borderline legality, combining some oft-rehashed live releases with some much rarer live '60s performances. The most important tracks by far are the first eight, taken from a Swedish show in 1967, with Jimmy Page on guitar. These cuts, more than almost anything the Page lineup recorded in the studio, comprise the best evidence of how well Jimmy and the group could play at their best, when they were unencumbered by unsympathetic producers and material. The sound quality is very good, and the performances are good to excellent, including reprises of several of their biggest hits, the otherwise unavailable Dylan cover "Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine," and an extended psychedelic version of "I'm A Man" with violin-guitar bowing by Page. Other rarities on the disc -- four songs from Germany in 1967 (w/Page), one from France in 1965 (w/Beck) -- are okay, but more in the hardcore collector category. The CD is filled out by six songs from Five Live Yardbirds (which has been reissued zillions of times) and a live '63 version of "Honey In Your Hips."

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