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Roger the Engineer

The Yardbirds

1966

Roger the Engineer

Album Summary

Roger the Engineer (originally released in the UK as Yardbirds and in the US, Germany, France and Italy as Over Under Sideways Down) is the only UK studio album and third US album by English rock band the Yardbirds. Recorded and released in 1966, it is also the only Yardbirds album with guitarist Jeff Beck on all tracks and it contains all original material. It was produced by bassist Paul Samwell-Smith and manager Simon Napier-Bell. Although the British edition is still officially titled Yardbirds by authoritative chart sources, such as Official Charts Company, it has since been referred to, first colloquially, then semi-officially, as Roger the Engineer, a title stemming from the cover drawing of the record's audio engineer Roger Cameron by band member Chris Dreja.It is the only Yardbirds album to appear in the UK Albums Chart, where it reached number 20. In the US, it reached number 52 on the Billboard 200 album chart, making it the band's highest-charting studio album in the US. The album's best-known song, "Over Under Sideways Down", was released as a single in May 1966, two months before the album.The album is included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. In 2012, the album was ranked number 350 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

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Rating

3.13

Votes

5234

Genres

  • Rock
  • Blues
  • Country
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Wed Mar 10 2021
2

Good ol' Yardbirds, I know them for the song "For Your Love," and of course for incubating three legendary rock guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. This album is post-Clapton, pre-Page, all Beck, and you can hear him flexing his ability. There are some cool songs on here, but plenty others that feel very derivative and indistinct. Wikipedia says this is "psychedelic rock"--I'm not so sure. Maybe half the tracks are tinged with psychedelic elements (mostly the better ones), but the rest strikes me as imitative blues filler. I mean c'mon, "What Do You Want" is such an obvious rip-off of Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love." This album comes from an era of white British rockers essentially doing cosplay of black American blues/rock artists. Beatles, Stones, Led Zeppelin, they all did it at points. At least those bands had the STONES to do covers and openly credit the pioneers. I would imagine Yardbirds evolved into psychedelia, and I'd rather hear that stuff, but this album does very little for me. Favorite tracks: Lost Woman, Hot House of Omagarashid, Over Under Sideways Down. Album art: Very creative drawing, and I love the font. Looks like it would be right at home in a Shel Silverstein or Scary Stories book. Apparently this is a doodle that one of the band members made of their engineer, Roger. I don't know if that's endearing or just plain mean. I'll leave that up to Roger, he's famous now. 2.5/5

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

No Jimmy Page or Eric Clapton on this album, which is fine considering I always think of The Yardbirds as Jeff Beck's band. To compare the 3 guitar legends, it's best to liken them to the 3 greatest home run hitters in Major League Baseball history. Jimmy Page is Babe Ruth, forever deified with legendary riffs and solos. Clapton is Barry Bonds. He puts up great numbers, but he's such an asshole that it demeans his accomplishments. And Jeff Beck is Hank Aaron, the steady, consistent great who's never as flashy as Page or Clapton but overall stakes a legitimate claim as perhaps the best ever. I guess that would then make Jimi Hendrix Willie Mays (best all around player), and Eddie Van Halen is Mickey Mantle (mythical talent that was taken too soon by alcohol abuse). I could go on but we're talking about the Yardbirds here. This album is a joy. It dances with seemingly every genre available at the time, and has a sort of magic that makes it sound like it's right out of 1966 and like it could have been produced yesterday. I even ride for the bonus coverage you get with alternate versions here (especially "I Can't Make Your Way"). Right there in the 4.5 category, but "Over Under Sideways Down" is reason enough to curve up.

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Tue May 11 2021
1

Birdshit

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Fri Jan 15 2021
2

Fine. All rock of that era sounds basically the same. I'm sure it was more exciting at the time. Clapton's a piece of shit though

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Wed Feb 02 2022
5

A recording to ignore the green areas of music of the time and influence many future sounds. I liked that it covered so many genres in the one album

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

This is the third blues-rock album that I've had chosen in the last week, and provides an interesting contrast with the other two (Shake Your Money Maker and Cosmo's Factory). This album has a very 60s feel to it, but not in a way that is confined to any specific genre. There is a definite psychedelic influence, but there's also rockabilly and early 60s pop influences. This album at once sounds like more authentic blues than the other two but at the same time strays further away from the blues. Jeff Beck's guitar does a lot to pull this album together and make it an interesting listen. It's cool, groovy, and it goes by quickly. 4/5

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

Respect all the musicality of the Yardbirds, and this feels like a 3.5 for me, but I have to go four because I gave that to Korn yesterday and it'd feel gross.

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Sat Jan 23 2021
2

British Beach Boys but not good

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Tue May 11 2021
1

Garbage - found this really hard work

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Mon May 23 2022
5

For more than 5 years I used to work the sound board at a radio station every week inserting local ads for a 3 hour national oldies radio program. In that time I probably listened to more than 1000 hours of 60s music. What a shame that I recall NOTHING from this album ever making it into those weekly shows! How refreshing would some of this have been to add more dimension to those programs?! I’ve heard talk about how important The Yardbirds were - after all their members included Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page - but all I recall hearing from them before this is “For Your Love” and “Heart Full of Soul”. Maybe I should have been more proactive… Even the Wikipedia article is woefully light on detail about this album. No mention at all of where that great album cover comes from? Or the Deluxe and Super Deluxe editions that I find on Apple Music? It seems as though there is a level of 60s music that is wildly interesting that lies below the usual stuff we hear today in the mainstream. A total gem with an amazing band (Jeff Beck!) doing great, interesting songs. I’m thankful again for this web site and the 1001 book!

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Mon May 30 2022
5

This is The Yardbirds' only studio UK album and third US album. It is the only album with Jeff Beck on all tracks and, boy, does he bring it on most of the songs. I've never dug extremely deep into the Yardbirds, kind of always thinking of them with that lead harmonica and guitar combination and a bluesy feel which eventually led into Led Zeppelin. Well, you hear that here too but a whole lot more as well. There is a heavy psychedelic element to a lot of these songs. A few, slow sing-along type songs, a heavy percussion-based song with chanting and some straight-forward rock songs. Black Sabbath was without a doubt listening to their last song, "Ever Since the World Began," at least the intro. Definitely, a more varied album than I was expecting. "Lost Women" starts the album in a very bluesy way and sounds kind of "quenessital" Yardbirds. It then kicks in with a long harmonica solo and Beck ending it with a Bo Diddley-esque guitar riff. The second song "Over Under Sideways Down" is the only single from this album and introduces a pyschedelic guitar intro and chorus to basically a blues beat. Outstanding. "The Nazz Are Blue" showcases Beck as lead singer and especially his bluesy guitar as it just rips. "What Do You Want" is their most straight-forward rock sounding song and ends with a searing guitar solo. Jeff Beck is a highlight of this album but this is also a very, very good band. Outstanding and innovative. A great time finally digging into this.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

great album. Lost Women has such an awesome bass grove.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
2

Boring

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Sat Jan 23 2021
5

Blues, blues, blues. Jeff Beck can play the blues. This album was released shortly before Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin joined the band. You can tell that they loved Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, that whole Chicago Blues scene. A lot of English kids did. This album has some incredible tones for 1966 and still rips when I throw it on today. Psych Blues supergroup that split to spawn solo careers and other famous bands. Favorite song: The Nazz Are Blue Least favorite song: Hot House of Omagarashid

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Sat Jan 23 2021
5

Sorry don't wanna write anything rn

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Fri Apr 09 2021
5

Un album que tout guitariste devrait avoir écouté dans sa vie! Un classique du genre et précurseur du Blues Rock britannique des Années 60. 5*

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Fri Mar 05 2021
5

Qué bueno que al final sí lo escuché. Me gustó todo el disco, buenas percusiones, bien la guitarra, bien el bajo. Mención especial a las dos primeras canciones, muy energéticas, álbum variadito y divertido. No me lo esperaba

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Sun Feb 14 2021
5

Tip top bluesy rock, as to be expected from such a lineup. Listened to most of the (31 track!) "album" this site sends you to and then found the original album/tracklist and listened to that, which listens sooo much better as an album.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
5

Bit rock and roll- I liked it

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Mon Jun 28 2021
5

Fantastic

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Fri Aug 06 2021
5

Excellent album

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Tue Sep 07 2021
5

So gut wie einflussreich!

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Fri Sep 17 2021
5

Great album full of near-legendary tracks.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
5

1966 - English blues rock band

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Sun Sep 26 2021
5

Decent.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

Psycho Daisies 👌🏻

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Mon Mar 21 2022
5

No surprise here; a well-regarded 60s rock band was indeed good.

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Mon May 23 2022
5

Very nice driving blues rock. Didn't know any of the songs but lots of good ones on here. Good good fun.

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Mon May 23 2022
5

The bass line of the first track really pulled me in. I loved the jam of this album. A couple of tunes left me a little flat, but overall an awesome listen!!

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Tue Jun 21 2022
5

Without Dimery's list (which I was able to find online), I would never have discovered this wonderful record, one of those rare kinds of albums that transcends its day and age while fully sounding *from them*. Like mostly everyone interested in sixties music, I knew (and liked) famous Yardbirds stuff such as the Graham Gouldman-penned "For Your Love" and "Evil Hearted You". But "Roger The Engineer (The Yardbirds)" is so much more than that... Contrary to what a few reviewers with a short attention span have written here, Clapton was already out of the picture when the band recorded this album--and it was a good thing: Clapton was then way too "conservative" at the time with his blues orthodoxy to let "Roger"'s adventures happen (the man also proved how obnoxious he could be on many occasions during his later career--but that's a story for another time...). The end result here is that the band then used Jeff Beck to replace him, and this to great effects if you're a fan of good guitar playing--see for instance the technically impressive "Jeff's Boogie". Yet all of this wouldn't be worth a rat's ass if the birds hadn't embraced the psychedelic shenanigans of those days in such an orginal and varied way. From the bizarre yet mellifluous fuzz riffs of hit "Over, Under, Sideways, Down" to the groovy basslines of "Lost Women" and "Hot House Of Omagarashid", the mood is definitely "shaggadelic, babe!" at an Austin Powers-on-LSD level of intensity. Yet as fun as those tracks are, they never fully forget that Chicago blues inspiration either. "Roger The Engineer" just allows you to hear that sound evolving to become... something else. And that something else is the future of rock'n'roll. You can obviously smell whiffs of Led Zeppelin here and there (Jimmy Page is indeed the young guitarist who will replace Jeff Beck not long after this record). You can even behold the seed that would be soon sowed in Iommi and Osbourne's twisted minds not long before they created Black Sabbath in the mystical "Turn Into Earth" and "Ever Since The World Began" (especially in the latter's long introduction). This closer actually sums up the scope of moods embraced by the album, from a droning lament to a lively booter shaker to cap things neatly and nicely. For this album, I highly recommend the 1987 Impact Record edition, because it includes the killer single "Happening Ten Years Time Ago" *within* the tracklisting (and not in the end, as a bonus, as in the online links provided here). That single is simply a masterpiece and deserved to be part of the feast anyway. French alternative rock fans will find its riff, quickly descending half tone after half tone, familiar. That riff was actually ripped off by Noir Désir for their hit "Tostaky" (directly or indirectly), their stroke of genius being that thay also gave it an *ascending* counterpart. But apart for this riff, the single has many other assets to boast about, so don't forget to give it a spin too... So here it is: "Roger The Enginner". More than a psychedelic doodle, it is a fully realized vision--adventurous, fun yet ambitious in its scope and moods. A hidden gem that deserves each and everyone of its five stars. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 883 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 62 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 29 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 27

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

I really like it. It feels like it was inspiration for King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. Some songs are feeling a little out of place and the whole album is somewhat incoherent, but I had fun listening to it.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

A surprisingly good album! The first time I’ve been pleasantly surprised by an album I’ve not previously heard of

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Fri Oct 14 2022
5

Rock n roll af. “He’s always there” was sampled for Pussycat dolls “When I grow up”

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

cool

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

Solid entry. A bit pretentious at times but what do you you expect? It's The Yardbirds. Fun listen, though.

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Sun May 30 2021
4

4.5

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Really good, see the influence to so many things

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

Nice album full of psychodelic songs that work well as a whole album

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

good, but short

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Sun Feb 14 2021
4

The wobble board sound in Hot House or Omagararshid is hilarious if you think about the dude playing it through the entire track. Jeff's Boogie is great, the stereo version of Turn Into Earth is psychedelic and very trippy with headphones on.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

This is one of my favorite albums so far.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Real good, nice, rock sound

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Good variety from more traditional blues to more modern sounding songs. Doesn't really work as a complete album.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

What a fun album, totally a mix of The Beach Boys, Beatles, and the clash.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Another solid classic!

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

Great 60s album that covers all sorts of sounds and vibes that ended up evolving into many other genres. Farewell in particular touched me a lot.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

A great band, underappreciated. Never heard the full album but I enjoyed it all the way, especially the blues.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Guitar at its best

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Fresh rockandroll style, with lots of progressive touches

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

Rock psicodélico sesentero.

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Mon May 03 2021
4

Every song rolled into the next

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Adorable. Way more interesting than one would expect, despite no songs I was familiar with going in.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

weird punk, feels very creative lyrics are nore important than music

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

Pues no lo escuché todo, not even sorry. Y no es que estuviera malito, solo que es rock clásico y así. Una fórmula muy probada porque sí funciona(ba?) pero pues es eso

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Mon May 24 2021
4

A solid '60s rock album. 8.0/10

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Music history lessons are always cool

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Sat May 15 2021
4

Really cool guitar work, especially when you consider that this came out in 1966.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Old western vibe, reminds me of red dead redemption

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Surprisingly good for something from this era. Really enjoyable album.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Good tracks all round.

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Tue May 18 2021
4

well made album, but I found it kind of boring/repetitive

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Sun Jun 13 2021
4

Classic

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Mon May 10 2021
4

very catchy tunes, playful songs

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

Jeff Beck....Wow!

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

This was fun! Liked it a lot more than the Jeff Beck Group album that came up on here previously. More experimental, more all over the place, less just straight up ripping off the blues. Fave track - "Ever Since The World Began", I reckon, but have a soft spot for "Over Under Sideways Down", "Hot House of Omagararshid" and "Jeff's Boogie" too...

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Thu Aug 12 2021
4

Eric Clapton is a legend

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Tue Aug 24 2021
4

I liked roughly half the songs on this album. Felt like I enjoyed every other or so. They do the blues really well. I know they were pioneering Brisish psychadelic rock but their songs in thay realm don't grab me much. My favorite moment on the album is during The Nazz Are Blue when during the guitar solo (at 1:25) Jeff Beck umexpectedly holds a note and it turns into this monstrous feedback siren sound.

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Sat Sep 25 2021
4

Leuk! En het klinkt ook niet zo oud als het is. Ik ga hier meer van luisteren.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

fun blusey different 4/5

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

I love the blues/pop blend, and "Over, Under, Sideways, Down" is so good!

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

Damn good album! Really neat progression of songs into one another and super interesting guitar work. Big fan.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

Quite enjoyed this album. First accidentally had a very long version. I like how the actual album is short and sweet.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

enjoyed this, interesting glance at non Beatles 60's. 3.8

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

Bien. 4. Es el grupo de Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page en sus comienzos.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

Bit of a raveup, this. A mix of blues, pop and raw garagey rock - of it's time, and you can see it as a precursor of how music would change radically over the next 18 months. A lot of fun.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

As far as average rock goes, this is pretty good.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

Excited about this one. And it doesn't disappoint. Like 60s psychedelic pop with more edge/proficiency. Takes some of the elements of love from Pink Floyd's first two records and focuses them more concisely. So, the lineup of this band changed a lot, I think. Right? I gotta check out more of their records. Feels like the UK equivalent of Buffalo Springfield. Like, a breeding ground of talent before artists went on to start their Big projects. The build on "Lost Women" with the harmonica and feedback is really great.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Fun

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Sun Nov 14 2021
4

The singer's voice is coming from a lake, can't understand a s***.

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Sun Nov 14 2021
4

## Notes: This is a group I always heard about but never listened to. A VERY pleasant surprise, this is blues infused early rock. Flawlessly executed with lots of great ideas and a superb sound. Don't know if the original is like this, but the one I'm listening to has 31 songs, 14 of those are mono and sound great! I see myself coming back to this album, too bad the cover is really awful, like something a bored high-school pupil will draw in it's notebook in class. I like to get vinyl that is both great to listen to as a whole piece (this album is like that) and to see at the same time, as a complete object. Sadly that part is not well executed.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

Great stuff. Great writing. Great musicianship. Fun/witty songs.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

there was a time in my life i would have been all over this.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

3.7 - enjoyable psychedelic rock with solid guitar and vocals.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

Always loved the yardbirds since I started listening in college but that was more singles like "over under sideways down". It was a nice blast from the past. "Jeffs Boogie" even though short and sweet still sounds amazing and Jeff Beck on the guitar would have made any band stand out. I also loved "what do you want".

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

By coincidence this album came just after the debut album of Led Zeppelin. So it was nice to see where Jimmy Page was coming from. I think it makes even more credits for Led Zeppelins debut album as it's quite different than Yardbirds, more bluesy, less rock'n'rolly. Anyway: about this album: it sounds like a breeding ground of good ideas. It seems to have not really a concept but there are a bunch of very nice and likable ideas. It's played by immensely talented musicians, I'm not sure I like the singing much though (but that's typical 60s, e.g. Hendrix has terrible singing too). Highlights: He's Always There, Ever Since the World Began.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

This takes me back to when I was 16. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this album on repeat whilst walking through town. Good vibes

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

The Yardbirds are getting a 4/5, mainly due to how much they influenced Rock'n'Roll. Did enjoy the album generally though!

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

Really solid psychedelic rock. Not one song I would label as bad. The worst thing I can say about it is that it's a bit "generic music your dad plays" at times.

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Sun Jan 16 2022
4

4.5/5 , Classic. Essential listen.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

Really has the 60s vibe and I liked the Yardbirds growing up. I love the 2nd track but is it good enough for 4* ?

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

Good band, Jeff Beck & others ( Claption, Page et al) good sound but, times preferred another bands as iconic.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

Ironically, after Eric Clapton's departure and his subsequent replacement with Jeff Beck, the Yardbirds sound trended toward the blues inflected and more psychadelic/experimental. The vocals are great, the bass is forward and melodic, and Jeff Beck's guitar playing is phenomenal. I prefer Jeff Beck to Clapton on most cases and in 'Jeff's Boogie,' you can hear him experimenting with harmonics and a virtuosity that would characterize his later more jazz/fusion influenced work.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

What is this here rock and roll that the kids are listening to goodness gracious korean war etc etc

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

Nice cheery indie vibes

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

Mehr mut zu Walking basslines Hat mir spaß gemacht zu hören auch wenns iwie ein bisschen seinen welcome overstayt hat Gegen Ende wird die Stimmung ein bisschen random fand ich nicht so wild nur auffällig

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Sun Feb 13 2022
4

This was pretty cool, if a little indistinct

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

What a weird album. The tracks keep ALMOST being jams but then wander off in some other directions. Really good stuff!

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

Fun rock album. Love how bluesy it feels.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

Bello

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Mon Feb 28 2022
4

I actually loved this album so much. Classic rock and roll! I didn't have much to do with the yardbirds in the past to be honest. I guess this is another one of those where it might be a band your parents would introduce you to and my parents don't listen to anything other than Jesus music. Obviously there was a lot of cool cats in the band and you can tell the talent levels are peak! Love it. Particularly I Can't Make Your Way and Rack My Mind.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

Loved it! I felt the album had a nice range. Solid rock. Some occult sounding shit. Some folksier stuff. Really fucking solid album.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

quite an odd sounding mix of skiffle and prog

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

A really great album again. It's almost as if this list is full of really great albums! I really enjoyed the experimental and creative nature of it but I know the members went on to much greater things and there wasn't any particular track that really stood out to me so don't think it's quite a 5*.

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Sat Apr 30 2022
4

Many more good jams than I was expecting!

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Wed May 11 2022
4

Un disco muy bueno de blues y psicodelia que nos deja ver un poco de la importancia que tuvo esta banda, no solo por los miembros que pasaron por ahí, sino también en cómo influyó el sonido que vino después. Lamento que la versión que encontré tiene 40 canciones porque complica ponerle en loop y hay que hacer un poco de depuración de los tracks que no me interesan. De todos modos, sin pedos saca las 4 estrellas.

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Tue May 17 2022
4

The choral singing is annoying, but the guitar parts are fantastic.

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Thu May 19 2022
4

Not listened to a Yardbirds album at length before but glad I have now come across Roger the Engineer. It's an exciting listen and feels like the work of a band that is transitioning from pop and blues towards psychedelia and something heavier. Some blistering guitar courtesy of Jeff Beck (no Clapton or Jimmy Page), especially on the Nazz (one of the more traditionally bluesy tracks), Jeff's Boogie and Lost Women. The singing isn't particularly strong and the other weakness is that the eclecticism of the material hints at a group unsure of its direction. Having said that there is something raw and unpredictable here and I would imagine they would have been a great live band at this time.

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Mon May 30 2022
4

Curious

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Tue May 31 2022
4

Ihan jepa rokkenrollia, tykkäsin surffimeiningistä. Ehkä 3.5/5, mutta pyöristetään ylöspäin.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

took me a while to get into the groove but a solid album with some great tracks. my personal favs were farewell, I can't make ur way, ever since the world began, he's always there not to forget the small instrumentals in between which were great as well.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

Surprisingly good

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Sun Jul 17 2022
4

Solid early Clapton album

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

I was actually surprised by this one. I had never even heard of this group but it was a nice change. Rating: 7.3/10

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

Not super familiar with The Yardbirds, other than it being the starting place for Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck, the latter being the only one present on this album (and it shows). It's clear this album serves as the bridge from blues roots to more psychedelia rock. I'm not sure I think any one track is stand out, nor even the album as a whole, but it's a great listen to see how music was very much evolving into new sounds in 1966.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

Enjoyed this album very much, nice and bluesy with some elements of psychedelia

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Tue Aug 02 2022
4

great band, great guitarists

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Tue Aug 16 2022
4

Good album, enjoyed pretty much every track.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Bluesy and not overproduced. This was a great listen. I love Beck's guitar sound.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

excellent

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Tue Sep 06 2022
4

solid rock album

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Interesting sound, very 60s rock feel to it. Enjoyable

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Pretty cool

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

7/10. Liked it slightly more than I expected to.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

A great find on this list. The Yardbirds were known to me as the vehicle for numerous would-be legendary musicians and on this record it’s Jeff Beck on guitar duty who steals the show. The track sequencing is a bit of a mess (I ended up listening to it in both the US and U.K. order) but these songs are just so catchy and ultimately stand as a very strong representation of 60s garage rock.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

This is real nice psychodelic bluesy rock, a very early one, It's great Favorites: What do you want

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

Yes. Ill comeback to this. Maybe

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Mon Nov 21 2022
4

What a launchpad of a record. Do I think I would have followed their career closely? No. But I absolutely would enjoy this while it is on, and would not be shocked by the follow up of the solo careers.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
4

This might be the platonic ideal of psychedelic rock. Not necesarily my favorite, but about as core as it gets to that sound in my mind as possible.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
4

Really like this.

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Fri Dec 02 2022
4

Krazek z 66 od bandy ktora byla prawdziwa wylegarnia muzycznych talentow, ale akurat tego wydania od nich wczesniej nie slyszalem, Roger the Engineer byl nagrywany w skladzie Keith Relf na wokalu, glowna gitara Jeff Beck, Chris Dreja wspierajaca rytmicznie, Paul Samwell-Smith na basie i Jim McCarty drumujacy, jak przystalo na nagrania z tamtego okresu jest to 35 minut mocno jamujace w klimatach psychodelii rokowej, no i tak jak wiadomo jedyna sluchalna wersja takich nagran jest mono, bo stereo brzmi jak cos zupelnie pomylonego, 12 trakow w ktoych ciezko sie doszukiwac czegos wiecej niz przepelnionego pozytywnym wajbem jamowania, od trakow o luznym zyciu na spokojnie, przez giberiszujace yehowania po stonerskie rozmyslania o wszystkich i o niczym, o ile jakosc miksa nie powala, to jednak plyta kupuje czlowieka samym klimatem, ktory sie wrecz wylewa z nagrania, jesli chodzi o instrumenty to hajlajtem jest zdecydowanie Beckowa gitara, pewnie ze wzgledu, ze jest to najglosniejszy instrument prawie kazdego utworu, wiec najbardziej zapada w ucho, ale nie zmienia to faktu, ze slychac bande ktora mocno jamuje, a nie gra czegos xx razy dla uzyskania brzmienia ktore pan inzynier klepnie i sprzeda, bo ten projekt chyba nie mial wiekszego komercyjnego sukcesu, biorac pod uwage jak dziwnie byl wydawany w poszczegolnych regionach, na plejke leci i cant make your way i over under sideways down

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

i like this! not enough to return to it but it was a nice listening experience. i can see the influence they had on other bands.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
3

1966. Key Songs: Over Under Sideways Down, Lost Women

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Tue Apr 06 2021
3

6.5/10 FT: Turn into earth

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Fri Oct 02 2020
3

Ever since the world's began / Satan's followed every man

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

Nice

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Tue Nov 10 2020
3

Pretty solid 60s psychedelic rock.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
3

Eh, whatever, nothing caught my ears but it wasn't offensive to them either.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

Yeah, not bad.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
3

Very cutting edge for their time.

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Mon May 17 2021
3

Couldn't get more proto-British 70s rock, a melange of blues, post-rockabilly and psychedelia. Kind of unfocused though

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Tue Jan 26 2021
3

Beatles-esque, not bad

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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

Never heard of it, but struck me as inspirational for many rock albums after it.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Psychadelic and garagey right from the start with some phat riffs. Me likey for the most part, even though that 'shoebox' sound comes off a little dated at times. Does this album ever end??

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Bluesy psych that mostly reminds me of “Rubber Soul”.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

I can dig this. Jeff Beck’s guitar tones are solid, “Over Under Sideways Down” is fun, and the album cover looks like it was drawn by Tyler Baum.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

Thought it was going to be more psychedelic than it ended up being. However, it's some nice old-school, bluesy rock'n'roll and Jeff Beck was already a guitar-hero in the making. Interesting listen.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
3

Kind of dad-rocky Rock and Roll. They very well might be talented, but it just sounds old and dated to me.

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Mon Mar 15 2021
3

Rock, blues. Bastante bueno.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

Pienso que después de escuchar tantos álbumes rockeritos en este conteo, el Roger the Engineer no me dijo nada nuevo. Eso sí, es un viaje agradable, con sus buenos momentos como "Hot House of Omagarashid". La primera canción, "Lost Women" fue la que más me agradó al final. 7/10

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

I went into this album thinking I wouldn’t like it just because I think of the Yardbirds as that old timey Everly Brothers type music. I was wrong. I enjoyed this album and mostly because of the variety in the music. The birds really felt like they were experimenting with different ways to play their instruments so that each song didn’t feel exactly the same. It was also nice how short the album was. My standouts were The Nazz are Blue and He’s Always There. The album cover is another story, however. Looks like some type of scary expressionist type drawing. I wonder which yardbird drew it or if it was one of their kids.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

So much of the music of this ilk sounds dated and tired, and I'm afraid that this is no exception. Jeff Beck is a fine guitarist but we don't get to hear him to his fullest advantage here, and Keith Relf is an awful singer. Still, 'Over, Under...' is good, but in 2021 I'd much rather be listening to the psych stylings of, say, Shocking Blue.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
3

3.3 - A dim entry in a long parade of Brits parroting American blues that's somewhat redeemed by a few fun psychedelic explorations. Middling as an album - it lacks cohesion and suffers from mediocre mixing and sound production.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
3

Nice and weird

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

good tunes. early jeff beck.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

Jeff Beck, el guitarrista de los Yardbirds, es uno de los entes creativos que elevó el rasgueo a niveles nunca antes vistos hasta el momento. Por alguna razón que yo considero cercana a la brujería negra, ha vivido a la sombra de un tal Jimmy Page, un copycat profesional de altísimo talento interpretativo que se dedicó a robar ideas, trucos, y probablemente el alma, a nuestro atribulado Jeff. Y aunque la mayoría de estas canciones quedan a medio camino entre la psicodelia y el blues semipesado, algunas veces genial, otras más bien medio meh, en todas podemos destacar la guitarra de Beck: un tono muy claro, metálico, sensual y lo suficientemente libre para estallar cualquier regla anterior. La influencia está en todos lados: los freak outs de guitarra y batería y bajo desbocados transformaron la gramática del rockandroll y la llevaron a terrenos alterados sensorialmente y también, más violentos, permitiendo que llegara después el hard rock, el blues pesado, el rock progresivo, el punk, todo. Muchos robaron de este men, primer maestro del feedback y el fuzz: Led Zeppelin, los Stooges, incluso Faust (comparren It's a Rainy Day con Hot House of Omagarashid). En fin, sugiero revisar los singles de la banda y los que sacó a mediados de los 60 el Jeff Beck (Beck's Bolero por ejemplo), hay cosas increíbles ahí.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
3

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

Da konnte man bei Spotify nicht alles hören, oder? Die Melodie und die Gitarrensolos gefallen, der Gesang kann auch nerven. Geiles Albumcover!

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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

Would listen to this band again

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

Some great arrangements. Fun bluesy album.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
3

What would serve as a foundational work for the genre of rock as a whole, Roger the Engineer shows a lasting impact with several iconic tracks. That being said, the length of any current releases for it makes it difficult to truly gauge its experience as an album.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

It was fine/good, but not really what I was in the mood for today. Lots of bluesy/rock-and-roll sounds, with some neat proggy/psychodelic twists. Reminiscent of the Cream tracks I don't like quite as much, but overall it seemed like something relatively enjoyable. Good cover art.

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Sun Apr 18 2021
3

Mogu reć da dost uživam u ovome. Priznajem, Hrvat sam.

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Sun Apr 18 2021
3

Kratko i slatko. I jako mi se sviđa taj njihov naziv benda, Yardbirds. Zanimljiv album od samo 35min.

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Fri May 07 2021
3

Very 60's. Lots of creative sounds and a general feeling of hippy-ness. Not quite my cup of tea, but definitely worth listening to.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

sounds very blues inspired not as psychedelic as i expected

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Mon Jun 28 2021
3

Some good songs here. But it doesn't rise to the level of some classic albums of the era. 3.5 🌟

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Sun Jul 18 2021
3

This was overall an enjoyable listen. A step up from the usual 60s psychedelic rock that was prevalent around this time. Not sure I'd listen again but didn't mind it while it was playing.

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Mon Jul 12 2021
3

Mix of blues and 60s psychedelia. Preferred the former. Latter sounded quite dated, yet also reminiscent of more modern bands clearly influenced by it.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

Показался скучноватым. Терпел, пока слушал.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
3

Tiene un sonido muy de invasion británica y el cierre del álbum me ha gustado mucho

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Wed Aug 11 2021
3

Short, fairly generic. Maybe this is on the list for historical reasons? I mean it was okay, but nothing spectacular.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
3

Kind of boring for me, very much of the times. Not bad, but not for me.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
3

I'm amused by the oddness and looseness of this album but not much more than that. Holy Shit! Wait a minute... did they invent the template for Black Sabbath in the first 1:10 of "Ever since the world began"?!?! Other than that, somewhere between the sound of The Who, Kinks, and Stones from the same period with a touch more psychedelia. Kind of liked listening to the mono version more than the stereo.

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Tue Sep 07 2021
3

Had some interesting parts

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Sat Sep 25 2021
3

Lekker 60's sound. Helemaal niet verkeerd.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
3

Love, Moby Grape, now this. I'm sure this is heresy to some who can pick apart the subtle nuances of these bands, but I find a lot of rock from this era to be very samey and redundant. This is probably the best album generated from this style/era so far, but this all feels like dress rehearsal. These musicians would need a few years still to break through to something actually interesting.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
3

La millor obra dels Yardbirds, amb Jeff Beck iniciant la seva carrera i deixant la seva emprempta en el blues rock fanagós de la major part de temes del disc. Molt bon disc, però crec que la seva etiqueta de clàssic queda ja una mica desfassada

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Tue Oct 12 2021
3

28. Roger the Engineer - Yardbirds 22 tracks. This is decent. I didn't know Jeff Beck, Clapton & Jimmy Paige all played guitar with Yardbirds at various times. (This was Beck playing). It's simple but punchy in a rock/blues style. 3/5.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

Some good songs here. But it doesn't rise to the level of some classic albums of the era. 3.5 🌟

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Thu Oct 21 2021
3

Like many albums on this list it was fun but not amazing. I like the artwork, though. Favourites are Lost Women, He's Always There.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
3

Twas okay

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Sat Oct 23 2021
3

This was pretty average 60's psychedelic rock. I liked a few songs, like Lost Women, The Nazz are Blue, Rack My Mind and Hot House of Omagarashid but rest of the songs were pretty forgettable.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
3

Well, not without its merits but I don't know about "great". Went on forever - turns out I was listening to the Deluxe Edition (there's a Super Deluxe edition. Yikes). Not added.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
3

This seemed like the precursor to acid rock and was an enjoyable listen

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Thu Oct 28 2021
3

Ambivalent

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Mon Nov 01 2021
3

6,5/10

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Mon Nov 08 2021
3

I feel like The Yardbirds lived (unfortunately) in the shadow of the Beatles and Stones and are grossly under-appreciated. To me, they are a near perfect marriage of the aforementioned bands - not to say they are better, just a sold mix of the two. The had the musical talent (song-writing aside) of the Beatles - I mean, Clapton, Page, and Beck all had stints with this group, and I could argue that the Yardbirds' Paul is every bit the bassist as the Beatles' Paul. They also had a similar prowess for incorporating interesting instrumentation and progressions. AND, they had that "dirty" blues/rock, fuck-the-establishment vibe of the Stones. Still, this is not my favorite of their albums. I'm a bigger fan of the Clapton years - no offense to Jeff Beck.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

Not bad but expected more

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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

Ok went to North Country Brewery with Ben and Dereck, Sam liked.

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Sat Nov 13 2021
3

6/10

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Mon Nov 15 2021
3

Ok ... bit dated ...sounds like Clapton tho,

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Mon Nov 15 2021
3

Reiterating what the critics said, this is blues trying hard to be psychedelic. It has a few great psychedelic tracks, and some blues tracks slap. Never heard of The Yardbirds, and I'm not a huge Beck fan, but hearing this, I can see why they are considered as one of the pioneers of psychedelic rock. The bass line in the first track alone reminds me of some Black Sabbath, early Pink Floyd, and Beatles stuff. Overall, an interesting album. While it has a few great tracks, it's a pretty dull album.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

A pretty alright older album. One recognized song

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

About all I could remember of the Yardbirds is that they had someone in their band that I knew from somewhere else. I had forgotten that the description could apply to three different members of their band (Clapton, Beck, and Page). I don't know which (if any) of those individuals were on this album. The music was fine, but nothing stood out to me enough for a second listen.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
3

This album is a prefect example of great musicians clicking on a great record. I wasn't super familiar of this one, but i definitely recognized a few tracks. Such a great listen.

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Sat Dec 04 2021
3

Not bad at all.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
3

Cross between the Beatles and the Monkees

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

Interesting old album, nice to listen to.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

It's fine, mid-table blues inspired '60s rock n' roll with some mild psychedelia thrown in for good measure. At least it doesn't have thundercunt Clapton on it.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

Alright

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