The Yardbirds – Getting close to the end of the first chapter.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Yardbirds – BBC Sessions
One of the favorites tonight. The Yardbirds with a group of sessions they recorded between 1967 and 1968. By the middle of 1968 the band had pretty much ceased to exist, with a steady defection of founding members off to other groups, or other careers. By the end of 1968 however, The Yardbirds morphed into Led Zeppelin, with Keith Relf replaced by Robert Plant, Jim McCarty replaced by John Bonham and Chris Dreja replaced by John Paul Jones. Jimmy Page continued on as Jimmy Page.
But that’s another chapter.
This one, excerpts from the last two sessions recorded at The BBC, are on the player as follows:
1. Most Likely You’ll Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)
2. Little Games
3. Goodnight Sweet Josephine
The first two tracks are from their 1967 session and the last track is from the last session in 1968.
Kind of sad, considering their history. But maybe not so, realizing what happened next.
Even so, The Yardbirds were a great and influential band and their place in Rock history is undeniable.
Jacqueline Taieb – Yè-Yè from Paris, via Tunis.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Jacqueline Taieb – 7 Heures du Matin – 1967
Another sampling of some classic French “Yè-Yè” of the 60’s. This time from one of the lesser luminaries, Jaqueline Taieb, a French singer born in Tunis who had a string of hit singles on the French charts, but didn’t make much dent outside of France.
Tonight it’s 7 Heures du Matin, a single she released in 1967, with the odd reference to The Who and Paul McCartney.
I don’t think anyone in the States, save for die-hard Yè-Yè fans of the period, probably heard this song.
And like I always say; If you’ve never heard it before, it’s new to you.
The 60’s continue.
The Mickey Finn – had it not been for the involvement of a very young Jimmy Page (Top right), they might have languished in obscurity for a long time.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: The mickey finn – garden of my mind
Had it not been for the inclusion of a very young Jimmy Page (who left, incidentally before tonight’s single came out), The Mickey Finn may have languished in obscurity for a very long time.
Not to be confused with Mickey Finn (of T. Rex fame), The Mickey Finn didn’t really achieve a lot of success during their tenure. Having released a string of singles to luke-warm reaction and virtually unknown outside of their native UK, The Mickey Finn were one of the staples of the Freakbeat Movement (as it was later to be known).
Tonight it’s a single released in 1967. Rumored to have Jimmy Page putting in a final appearance before exiting for The Yardbirds, Garden Of My Mind is pure Psychedelia, and it’s baffling why it wasn’t more popular at the time of its release.
But then, you could go crazy trying to figure out why some songs make it and some don’t.
So in case you missed them, or heard about them but never actually heard them – here’s a taste.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Nashville Teens – Tobacco Road – 1964
Just about every collector of Rock knows this track backwards and forwards and you’ve probably heard it at least a thousand times. But I remember hearing it for the first time when it came out and it’s stuck to me ever since. It’s just a great track by a band that was part of that enormous wave of talent known as The British Invasion of 1964. The Nashville Teens hit it huge with Tobacco Road, becoming a world-wide sensation early on. They had gotten great word of mouth as a live band, based on backing Jerry Lee Lewis during his UK tour in 1964.
But as the vagaries of Pop Music often work, they never really duplicated the intense popularity of their initial hit, and more or less faded from view as the 60’s wore on.
Like so many bands of the period, they were underrated and simply got lost in the shuffle. And where the fortunes of a hit record were dictated on how it placed on a chart limited to 40 other hopeful singles, there were very small windows of opportunity to be had.
So as a reminder of just how much of a miracle it is for any band to sustain their popularity over time, and to introduce those who aren’t familiar with this band, another entry in the vast catalog of worthy musicians who need a second hearing, here is Tobacco Road by The Nashville Teens.
Nights At The Roundtable – Jimmy Page (Happy Birthday) – 1968.
The Yardbirds (w/Jimmy Page) - a severe attack of Guitar gods.