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Live Yardbirds: Featuring Jimmy Page

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Recorded  30 March 1968
Artist  The Yardbirds
Label  Epic/Sony Records
Length  44:48
Release date  25 August 1971
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Released  25 August 1971 (1971-08-25)
Venue  Anderson Theatre, New York City
Featuring Performances By Jeff Beck Eric Clapton Jimmy Page (1970)  Live Yardbirds Featuring Jimmy Page (1971)
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Genres  Rock music, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock
Similar  The Yardbirds albums, Rock music albums

The train kept a rollin live yardbirds

Live Yardbirds: Featuring Jimmy Page is a live album by English rock group the Yardbirds. It captures their performance at the Anderson Theatre in New York City on 30 March 1968. At the time, the Yardbirds had been performing as a quartet with Jimmy Page on lead guitar since October 1966. Although the group objected to a release of the recordings, after Page became famous with Led Zeppelin, Epic Records issued the album in 1971.


Live Yardbirds includes several familiar Yardbird songs, but often extended with longer instrumental solos. "I'm Confused," based on Jake Holmes' "Dazed and Confused", is a highlight of the album. Using some different lyrics, Page re-recorded it with Led Zeppelin for their debut album later in 1968.

You re a better man than i live yardbirds

Recording and releases

Although a live album, Epic Records overdubbed crowd noises from bullfights and other sound effects onto the original tracks against the band's wishes, in part because the live recordings were considered lacking in sound quality. This was a result of the general inexperience of the engineers in recording live rock music. For example, only single microphone was deployed for the drums, hung above the kit. This resulted in the loss of much of the lower-range percussion in the recording.

The Yardbirds rejected the album as a candidate for release upon its original completion in mid-1968, but Epic released it in 1971 in response to Led Zeppelin's success in the marketplace. Jimmy Page threatened legal action against the label for releasing Live Yardbirds without authorization and Epic quickly withdrew it. Epic parent CBS' Columbia Special Products (CSP) label subsequently reissued the album in 1976, but this was again legally challenged by Page, and the album again quickly withdrawn. Yardbirds' chronicler Gregg Russo notes that

Jimmy Page had Epic Records destroy the masters, parts and lacquers on February 15, 1977. All of the tapes from this concert were "returned to client" (Jimmy Page) in the early '80s.

Authentic Epic and CSP copies of Live Yardbirds are thus quite rare, and the album has often been counterfeited (sometimes in black-and-white covers claimed to be promotional copies) as a result. The album's cover art was designed by James Grashow, a woodcut artist who had earlier created the artwork for Jethro Tull's 1969 album Stand Up.

Critical reception

In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Bruce Eder gave the album four and a half out of five stars and notes the dominant role of Page's guitar playing. Although Eder feels "The performance also reveals just how far out in front of the psychedelic pack the Yardbirds were by the spring of 1968", he adds:

Ironically, this album isn't quite as strong as the contemporary Truth album by Jeff Beck, mostly because the Yardbirds were still juggling three sounds: the group's progressive pop/rock past, the psychedelia of 1968, and a harder, more advanced blues-based sound.

Original album

Songwriters and track running times are taken from the original Epic LP. Other releases may have different listings.


The Yardbirds

  • Keith Relf – harmonica, lead vocals
  • Jimmy Page – guitar
  • Chris Dreja – bass guitar
  • Jim McCarty – drums, backing vocals
  • Production

  • Don Meehan – engineer
  • Buddy Graham – engineer
  • Lenny Kaye – liner notes
  • James Grashow – cover artist
  • Songs

    1Train Kept a Rollin’3:11
    2You're a Better Man Than I6:49
    3I’m Confused


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