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December 27, 2006 6:31 PM   Subscribe

Yardbirds documentary part 1, part 2, and part 3. Bonus: Jimmy Page, age 14.
posted by madamjujujive (27 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
beck and batten
posted by quonsar at 6:34 PM on December 27, 2006


beck's unique thumb technique and uncanny whammy accuracy can be astounding
posted by quonsar at 6:40 PM on December 27, 2006


Jimmy Page, age 14.

or the same age as his girlfriend twenty years later.

Good stuff.
posted by drjimmy11 at 6:43 PM on December 27, 2006


beck's unique thumb technique and uncanny whammy accuracy can be astounding

Jeff Beck is the fish in quonsar's pants?
posted by liam at 7:20 PM on December 27, 2006


beck's unique thumb technique and uncanny whammy accuracy can be astounding

Be sure and request the "Dirty Sanchez"
But seriously: Thanks for these links!
posted by hal9k at 7:26 PM on December 27, 2006


I know that a Wikipedia link can be a rather obvious addition to a post, but in this case, the entry on the Yardbirds is quite excellent and worth a look.

The guy that posted this documentary - Alquit - has an impressive array of 60s rock posted on YouTube. Alquit is an L.A. based guitarist and studio engineer who also has a blog under the name of SteveAudio. In between the politics, he makes some really great musical posts.
posted by madamjujujive at 7:42 PM on December 27, 2006


Woo hoo! Now *that's* my kind of rock n' roll! Nice.

I love Jeff Beck, was lucky enough to see him live a number of times in 1968/69 at the Filmore East. Right up close, oh man! What a rush. Whose that blond person in the Jeff Beck vid?

Can't listen to all the links yet because loading any links from YouTube these last few days has been spotty. Some load 1-2-3 and others just sit there with a blank screen. Can't wait to see Jimmy Page as a kid.

mjjj, I really enjoy the SteveAudio blog. Plenty of gems there! Loved the Roches singing the Halleluja Chorus.
posted by nickyskye at 8:13 PM on December 27, 2006


Hey, The Yardbirds!

They're not as well remembered as they were popular and talked about back then.

I was just a little kid, but I remember them usually being mentioned in the same breath at The Stones or The Who or The Beatles.

The Yardbirds, The Kinks and The Animals were all much bigger and influential then, then they are remembered now.
posted by Relay at 8:28 PM on December 27, 2006


Ah, what fun to think about being 14 again, back in those days, whether I could play skiffle guitar or not. (In my case, definitely not.) And what a hoot to hear the fresh-faced, teenage Mr. Page tell that creepy, overearnest announcer looming over him that he hopes to grow up to do “biological research into germs.” (O.K., I suppose a mud shark — or four live octopuses — counts as biological.)

That's a great period piece, almost as good as the video posted last June of the young Frank Zappa playing the bicycle on The Steve Allen Show — I see that one came from you as well, madam jjj. Nice work, as usual.
posted by LeLiLo at 8:47 PM on December 27, 2006


I forgot just how much I loved their music. They wrote some of my favorite songs. They were the future of guitar. I'll wax your sentimental, as you can see, mine is done.
posted by Oyéah at 8:51 PM on December 27, 2006


Skiffle To Heaven
posted by vronsky at 8:51 PM on December 27, 2006


Whose that blond person in the Jeff Beck vid?

the awesome jennifer batten.
posted by quonsar at 9:12 PM on December 27, 2006


Has British TV always been a billion times more articulate than American TV?

It's a shame the production was so poor then, their music was inspired.
posted by Pastabagel at 10:22 PM on December 27, 2006


Has British TV always been a billion times more articulate than American TV?

Yes, until just a few years ago. Today, your HBO beats pretty much everything on our networks hands down.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 12:31 AM on December 28, 2006


A touch of insomnia tonight, rewarded by being able to upload those Yardbird documentary segments. Bliss. What a great group. Excellent music. And what hotties. Suhweet. So interesting to learn about their progression through life and the transitions of their music from blues/R&B to psychedelia.

Giorgio Gomelsky, the band's first manager, seemed to play a part in the Yardbirds foundering. It sounded like he had been the one to promote them well in the beginning and then ripped them off of money.

Whose that blond person. yikes, my english has gone down the tubes, who's. Thanks for the reply quonsar. Jennifer Batten is awesome. She's one of those guitarists who does the tapping thing really well, I love that. (learned about tapping here in MF this week) Her doing the Flight of the Bumble Bee getting covered in live bees.

That Huw Wheldon creep on the baby Page vid was exactly why rock and roll was needed, to smash that smug, provincial, condescending, over-controlling, suffocating, smarmy bs into smithereens! I'd forgotten that people got away with Wheldon's style of invasive patronising back then. Thank God for rock and roll's all I can say, a breath of fresh air.
posted by nickyskye at 2:53 AM on December 28, 2006


O.K., I suppose a mud shark — or four live octopuses — counts as biological.

Apparently a red snapper, and no harm done to the groupie.

The Mud Shark Dancing Lesson!
posted by Meatbomb at 3:08 AM on December 28, 2006


Thanks for this. Arrghh! Gotta go work. Must watch tonight.
posted by marxchivist at 4:54 AM on December 28, 2006


Never pegged quonsar for a Michael Jackson fan.

Nor have I ever pegged quonsar.
posted by bardic at 5:22 AM on December 28, 2006


Correction to a goof I made - apparently, alquit who posted the YouTube links and SteveAudio are not one and the same person, as I thought through my Googling. SteveAudio e-mailed me to correct the record. However, both people are still well worth your time. Check out SteveAudio's very cool tribute to James Brown at HuffPost.

quonsar, thanks for your fabulous links which really deepen the thread. And lelilo, your mudshark/octopus link added just the right note, segued perfectly by meatbomb's mudshark link. And nickyskye's smart comments and research always deepen a thread - any poster is truly graced with her in-thread participation. Nicky, re your Roches clip - I had noted that as well, and followed them back to their site - to learn, delightedly so, that they will be playing in my neighborhood next month. Haven't seen them in years but they were always fun to see live. One of my faves from them.

Nice to see other yardbirds-vintage mefites representing here. Like Relay, I was a bit young in their heydey, but they were part of the rich musical ambiance of my youth.
posted by madamjujujive at 7:16 AM on December 28, 2006 [1 favorite]


I'll resist more biological research jokes - but I notice that at the end of the second song Page ends with a hand flourish. 14 years old and his stage instincts are already showing.
posted by Ber at 1:36 PM on December 28, 2006


Great post MJJJ! Thanks!

I'll resist more biological research jokes : Me too.
posted by snsranch at 3:34 PM on December 28, 2006


Cool Roches site link mjjj. Am now thinking of going to the one in NJ. Boy, they make wonderful music.

Enjoyed SteveAudio's James Brown page, some nice vintage vids.

Thanks :)
posted by nickyskye at 5:21 PM on December 28, 2006


Have you heard the Roches "We Three Kings" - awesome.
posted by vronsky at 8:29 PM on December 28, 2006


ah, vronsky - another roches fan, we are a cabal. If you look on the very bottom of this page, there is a film clip of them singing We Three Kings on the Letterman show. Not the best quality clip tho. There are several other videos on the page too.
posted by madamjujujive at 10:03 PM on December 28, 2006 [1 favorite]


Cool thanks madamjuju. That disc has been in constant rotation last fortnight. Along with Odetta's Christmas Spirituals and Leon Redbone, Christmas Island. We Three Kings is so good I play it in the middle of July sometimes.
posted by vronsky at 10:53 PM on December 28, 2006


The performances from the Today Show are phenomenal - worthy of an fpp imo. That harmony can give you chills.
posted by vronsky at 11:34 PM on December 28, 2006


o m g mjjj! An entire page of Roches videos. This is great! What a treat! Thank you so much!
posted by nickyskye at 12:28 PM on December 29, 2006


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