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Roger the Engineer

The Yardbirds

1966

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Roger the Engineer

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3.13

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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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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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Birdshit

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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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British Beach Boys but not good

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

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Boring

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Garbage - found this really hard work

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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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Sorry don't wanna write anything rn

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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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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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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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Bit rock and roll- I liked it

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Fantastic

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Excellent album

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So gut wie einflussreich!

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Great album full of near-legendary tracks.

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1966 - English blues rock band

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Decent.

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Psycho Daisies 👌🏻

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

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

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4.5

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Really good, see the influence to so many things

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

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good, but short

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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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This is one of my favorite albums so far.

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Real good, nice, rock sound

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

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

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Another solid classic!

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

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Guitar at its best

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Fresh rockandroll style, with lots of progressive touches

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Rock psicodélico sesentero.

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Every song rolled into the next

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

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

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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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A solid '60s rock album. 8.0/10

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Music history lessons are always cool

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

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Old western vibe, reminds me of red dead redemption

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

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Good tracks all round.

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

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Classic

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very catchy tunes, playful songs

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Jeff Beck....Wow!

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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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Eric Clapton is a legend

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

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fun blusey different 4/5

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Fun

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

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

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

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3.7 - enjoyable psychedelic rock with solid guitar and vocals.

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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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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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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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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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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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4.5/5 , Classic. Essential listen.

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

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

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Nice cheery indie vibes

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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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This was pretty cool, if a little indistinct

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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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Fun rock album. Love how bluesy it feels.

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Bello

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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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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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quite an odd sounding mix of skiffle and prog

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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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Many more good jams than I was expecting!

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

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

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6.5/10 FT: Turn into earth

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

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Nice

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Pretty solid 60s psychedelic rock.

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

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Yeah, not bad.

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Very cutting edge for their time.

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

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Beatles-esque, not bad

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

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

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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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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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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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Rock, blues. Bastante bueno.

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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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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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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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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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Nice and weird

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good tunes. early jeff beck.

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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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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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Would listen to this band again

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Some great arrangements. Fun bluesy album.

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

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

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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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sounds very blues inspired not as psychedelic as i expected

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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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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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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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Показался скучноватым. Терпел, пока слушал.

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

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

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

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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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Had some interesting parts

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Lekker 60's sound. Helemaal niet verkeerd.

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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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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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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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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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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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Twas okay

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

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Ambivalent

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6,5/10

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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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Not bad but expected more

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

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6/10

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

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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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A pretty alright older album. One recognized song

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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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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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Not bad at all.

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Cross between the Beatles and the Monkees

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Interesting old album, nice to listen to.

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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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Alright

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I used to collect all the birds from the yard after my milkshake brought them there. They would squawk in my ear all night as I plucked their feathers. Rough, rough stuff.

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I had low expectations for this but I ended up quite liking some of the songs on this album.

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it’s aight

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standard bluesy-rock shit tbh

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Thought I'd enjoy it more than I did as I like that period of music and have one of their live albums. Didn't know this album and found some great tracks but there were some I couldn't bear listening to by the end of the day

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Pretty standard blues/rock. It might have been groundbreaking in its release year, but it hasn't aged too badly and remains a fun listen. "The Nazz are Blue" is a highlight.

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Great 60s rock with lots of variety. Very enjoyable!

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This album has some really good guitar, but overall it doesn't stand out as some of it's contemporaries. I enjoyed 'Over Under Sideways Down' - a good boogie track!

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5/10

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I mean, it was fine. I don't really remember it here on the next day.

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It played, I listened, I moved on

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Indifferent. Not bad not great. Jeff beck rocks

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Pretty enjoyable

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Meh. Each song sounds pretty much the same. Nothing special apart from one or two guitar solos.

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It was fine

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Loved the first song and a few others but as an album, no thank you

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Blues rock with a giant slice of psychedelia. I don't think Jeff Beck gets enough room to flex his muscles here. Never knew the Pussycat Dolls of all people sampled from this record. Middle gets a little lost, but finishes strong. Call it 3.5. Favorite tracks: "He's Always There", "Turn Into Earth"

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An sich kein schlechtes Album, macht gut Laune und ich konnte es gestern problemlos zweimal am Stück anhören (warum auch immer das in Mono und Stereo im Spotify-Album is). Allerdings ist es das auch schon, es hat irgendwie nichts an sich, was einen das wieder revisiten lässt, die Hits sind nichts so gut, das Album hat kaum etwas, was es hervorstechen lässt, und die psychedelic Elemente (etwa auf Hot House of Omagararshid, Turn Into Earth, Ever Since The World Began (was sollte es mit dem zweiten Teil?)) sind leider underdeveloped und wirken verloren auf dem Album. Einziger Song, der einen bleibenden Eindruck hinterlassen hat, ist He’s Always There. Außerdem gibt es irgendwie keine vernünftige Version von dem Album auf Spotify.

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Das Problem mit Alben zu dieser Zeit ist dass sie nicht dem Konzept eines Albums wie wir es heute kennen entsprechen. Es wirkt oft wie eine Zusammenstellung verschiedenster Stile die eine Band gerade so gut fand oder als gewinnbringend erachtet hat. Hier spannt sich das ganz von klassischem Blues über Mod bis hin zu psychedlisch angehauchtem Blues Rock. Unterm Strich ein schönes Gesamtpaket, catchy, verspielt und denke auch fortschrittlich für die Zeit, selbst wenn hier nicht die Meilensteine drauf sind, einfach sehr solide. Für mich hitten die Untescheide leider manchmal zu krass. Dann merkt man, wie Marc ja schon geschrieben hat, dass es eben nicht Revolver ist, wo das nahezu perfekt funktioniert. Diese Bubblesound auf Hot House of Omagararshid nehme ich in Verbidnung mit diesem Chorgesang als "odd" und besonders wahr - danach Jeff's Boogie dagegen die generischste (nicht schlecht aber halt belanglose) Nummer auf dem ganzen Ding. Over Under Sideways Down ist für mich zb ein sehr solider Track der dieses flotte Beat mäßige mit psychdelischen Nuancen verbindet und das Album so in Bestform repräsentiert. So bleibt irgendwie aber doch ein spaßiger abewechslungsreicher aber nicht allzu prägender Eindruck aus einer Zeit die mir noch ein wenig unbekannt ist. Es ist ne 3,49 ca.!

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Der Sänger erinnert mich ein bisschen an Alex Turner von den Arctic Monkeys. Ansonsten hab ich keine große Meinung dazu, ich fand’s unendlich langweilig und messy aber nicht *schlecht*. Scheinbar hatte das aber nen starken Einfluss auf die Rockmusik danach und das hört man schon auch, aber von nem heutigen Standpunkt, bleibt da echt nur das „Historische Interesse“

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Hatte leider keine Zeit hier was zu zu schreiben, aber ist gut! Einige Songs kannt ich schon aber finde der Sound ist immer noch sehr gut heute noch

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die erste hälfte hatte ein paar gute tracks, die zweite eher weniger

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Ganz ok! Nicht ganz so meins ^^

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typisch '60 album met wat psychedelische invloeden. Oké, maar niet zo erg speciaal

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One of those bands by whom you really only need a good compilation rounding up all the singles, but if you want a "proper" album this is the one to get, I suppose. Recorded in under a week and sounds like it, but covers some interestingly diverse ground in just 32 minutes.

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A couple songs I really enjoyed but I was mostly pretty bored. Lots of 60s tropey sounds and song structures (?) that just didn't feel exciting to listen to.

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Like the album cover. Music is average.

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A pretty legendary band for all the people involved and the careers it started. It's amazing to hear so many sounds that can be applied to other later bands all coming through at once.

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Well this was very pleasant and not quite what I expected. An enjoyable listen

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Mix aus richtig guten und richtig langweiligen Tracks. 3

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This album was definitely interesting but not too bad.

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Interesting album that I'll never listen to again.

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Enjoyed learning about a new song (Lost Women) and "Inside Outside Upside Down" is a classic. Overall a great overall psychedelic record that I'm glad I learned about. Also just love these origin story types of bands that jump-started the careers of some true icons. I'm just not enough of a fan of the genre to give it more than 3 stars.

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I honestly hadn't heard for The Yardbirds before. Given the timeframe and the rawness of the sound, it is clear that this is a root album. Plenty after could be said to have refined the pieces here. I found it enjoyable across the twists and turns of the album. It certainly wasn't polished but also wasn't flat. It was vibrant and groovy. Bluesy and psychedelic. And without the weight of all that came later. What it lacked in production, I think it made up in heart. Kind of like your favorite local band that just so happens to be 60 years old.

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Goed ochtend vibeje, beetje beatles maar wat expirimenteler

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I thought it was great.

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I've listened to the Yardbirds before, but never straight through an album. They were a big deal and this album is pretty good. Some tracks don't stand the test of time, but it's always interesting to listen to such important predecessors of rock.

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Ah, I love a bit of Yardbirds but this just isn't a great album - feels - monotone

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Cool! Glad to give these lads a spin but disappointed there's no Jimmy Page on this album. Solid opening track with Lost Women, savage bassline and harmonica. Great drums too. Over Under Sideways Down is a good one too, surprised I even knew these two tracks. after that the album was just ok, wasn't too stand outish, but may need another listen. With that said, I liked the closing track, Ever since the world began.

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Another album of historical interest. The Yardbirds were once the home of Clapton, Page and more significantly Beck. I think this is the only UK album.. This is full of meh psychedelic blues. Great sparse production. Solid 3.

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Pleasant psych-rock, not much else to say

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Better than the other Yardbirds album only because it had more psych songs

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A couple of good blues songs. Can't help but really feel the art of the English 60s band selling US blues back to the Americans - more so than even The Stones, Animals or Cream. Bit cynical, but for some reason this album made me very conscious of the copy and paste and re-sell that went on in the UK in 1960s. Not bad, but I prefer other bands doing this, however it is great to think of the three exceptional guitarists from The Yardbirds.

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Holy panning, Batman. It's so strong on a lot of these 60s albums that it hurts my head. That aside, I dig the music a lot. I swapped to a mono version and it let me appreciate it much more.

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The yardbirds are dope because they launched the careers of Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page (I think), and Eric Clapton (fuck clapton). I always thought the band was good but not nearly as great as those guitarists follow-up bands. Regardless, they deserve a spot on this list.

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Another 60’s rock album, this one with a lot of blues and hard rock. There’s some fun oddball psychedelic stuff too like “Hot House of Omagararshid” (maybe my favorite song). There’s a cheerful, playful spirit to the album, especially in the vocals. Not exactly a high water mark of the era and it’s a little all over the place but there’s a lot of enjoyable music here. Other highlights: "Lost Women," "Over, Under, Sideways, Down”

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It’s fine. It sounds like ‘60s rock but isn’t really all that interesting enough to catch my attention for longer then a few moments.

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This album was pretty good. It was just way way way too long. I dont need 31 tracks. I was over it by track 20.

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I enjoyed this just fine. Some good sixties British rock. Nice guitar work.

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60’er rock, Jeff Beck på guitar (tidligere Clapton, Jimmy Page)

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Kinda Beatles like, didn’t make it past the 4th song. I just have a hard time enjoying that era.

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Not really my kind of thing

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It's nuts that this band existed. But this list is like 90% 60#-70s classic rock and my enjoyment of this kind of music is slowly eroding. I need something different and new. Not a bad project but it's just kind of a drop in the pond, 4/8.

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Like most pop bands of the 60s it makes sense to compare them to the Beatles; these guys aren’t more inventive or exciting.

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not doing anything for me. Bluesy white guys are not my thing. The psych stuff sounds interesting but is not prevalent enough in the songs. I can see how they are historically important. standouts: Lost woman

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Mezcla de pop-rock tranquilo. No destacan especialmente

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Bit boring

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60's blues/psych rock. Best Tracks: Over Under Sideways Down, The Nazz Are Blue, What Do You Want

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Unfortunately this album and band are a victim of their own success. Nearly every style of successful rock band since has copied something from their music and as a result this album sounds tired and all way too familiar. It makes it hard to rate on its merits but here goes...obviously the guitar leads of Jimmy Page are the most distinctive sound on first listen but there is a great rhythm section as well helping with the melodies. At time of release this would have been a very modern sounding album as the blend of blues and hard rock merged together seamlessly for pretty much the first time, in a commercial sense anyway, and I guess that really is what it should be scored on. So for that it gains cred, but for pure enjoyment today it is kind of old and a chore to get through. So for that it loses marks. 2 Stars

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Not great. Band can play but the songs are weak.

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2.4 star. Some nice guitar accounts for the majority of the rating. All the songs sound the same.

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Interesting

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Sicher wegbereitend aber leider nicht ganz so zeitlos

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This one starts out pretty strong. I like Lost Woman a lot, Over Under Sideways Down is pretty great, The Nazz Are Blue, I Can't Make Your Way, and Rack My Mind are all pretty good. But man, the last three tracks on this just take a severe nosedive. Turn into Earth is like some bad high school poetry. Then a sort of environmental protest song? Maybe? And then a Satan=$$$ song? Hoo man. Yeah, no, those three just about tank the whole thing for me.

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Lost Women. What a Bassline groove. Solid stuff. Then it goes straight into over under sideways down. It's a very very fun album. I found myself tapping my foot and grooving. Happy to have found. A few songs off this will for sure get added to a playlist for when I'm in the mood to jam.

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Just ok

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This is as 60s as it gets. The twang-tuning, the 'deep' lyrics...not quite for me.

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This album is a decent 60's psychedelic rock album by The Yardbirds. In my opinion, the songs weren't that attention grabbing, but I could tell that the band has talent.

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i am sick of blues rock

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Poppig psychedelisch nicht mein fall

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One of the worst mixed records I have ever heard. I can't stomach it, my left earcup is dying. From what I can hear, it's decent blues rock on the best tracks. 2/5.

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September 20, 2021 Feels like generic 60s rock. Not super into it. Vaguely like the Beatles but worse and with more blues. The stereo album was included too but I just couldn't take listening to more of this.

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Mja, ging een beetje aan mij voorbij. Iets te bluesy ook naar mijn smaak.

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Best lekker, soms iets te vaag/gezocht

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Pretty disappointing. I'd heard of the Yardbirds and expected it to be a bit more gritty. Not memorable at all

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Pleasant but entirely forgettable

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People actually used to listen to crap like this. This was edging toward a one-star rating, but the last ten minutes salvaged this otherwise terrible album.

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Meh. Doesn’t stand the test of time.

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Eh. It was nice and genuine, but I can't say I want to listen to it again.

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I’m not sure if I don’t understand rock or what. Some interesting elements and diverse sounds, but otherwise just another album. Don’t really feel the flow

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nah. not for me.

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Ágætt, engir bangerar samt.

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Nothing interesting in this for me.

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Ok but a bit forgettable

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Started strong, loved the first track, but most songs were boring.

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Parts of this album are nice, and Jeff Beck is a great guitarist. But some of the songs I found myself distracted by confusion, trying to determine if the sounds I was hearing actually worked or not. Also a day later I’m finding this album was mostly forgettable.

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"Oh, look, it's another blues rock album from the 60's". Expertly played, but oh so utterly boring. Yawn. 2/5.

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There's nothing bad on this record, but it reads as totally standard English bluesy rock. Some of the guitar work is nice. Perhaps the Yardbirds were a prerequisite for bands who move me more, but that fact is not obvious in the listening.

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It was OK. Nothing special, quite disappointed really. Also what is it with these like 30 track albums with 3-4 versions of the same song?

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Not my thing. I don't know why it's on the list. Maybe I have poor taste. Sorry!

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Yardbirds without Clapton? I’ll take it! It’s pretty bland though.

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Bounced right off this

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Вообще хз, не прониклась

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Some really great tracks and then a ton of filler. I think if you were to trun the fat and cut this release in half it would be a pretty impressive album but in its current state I question why it even deserves to be on this list. The mixing was also really inconsistent but at least they had the decency to release the mono recordings. Favorite tracks: Lost Women, Over Under Sideways Down, The Nazz Are Blue, Hot House of Omagararashid

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It’s ok - a bit generic and forgettable - kind of wish washy between the who, the kinks, the Beatles and Brit blues.

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Early psychedelic rock that honestly is rather boring and definitely not on the level of some of the other 60s bands. It just lacks something, whether it be the more guitar-driven and screeching guitars from Cream's Disraeli Gears or the weird intensity from 13th Floor Elevator's or unique keyboard sound from the Doors, I don't know but it is just rather unimpressive in comparison. The Yardbirds may be having a party, but I feel like I am just looking at some people tripping, looking into the wall, and they haven't offered me anything to make the trip with them.

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Me ha parecido un rollo. Nunca me han gustado los "guitar hero" y creo que este es el grupo por excelencia como cuna de varios. Viendo las reproducciones de los temas no es que coincida mucho con la opinión de otros. Me gustan más cuando me recuerdan a la Velvet Underground que otras cosas.

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Don't love it, don't hate it. Many of the songs are too short and simple to feel like they explore any topic well, or they just repeat a simple line over and over for 80% of the runtime. 4/10

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A bit too sixties spirit infused for my taste, outlives its welcome, but some lovely guitar work (no wonder, given it's Jeff Beck). Also, probably the winner of the ugliest album cover ever competition.

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There's no doubt that Jeff Beck is a monster on guitar, and this album is squarely in the mix when we think about how the blues were kickstarted and rebooted by British rockers in the 60s. Solid blues-infused rock with some classic mid-60s stylings all around. Overall, I'm not wild about the album just because some of those 60s pop and rock music elements, including the psychedelia, aren't my favorite aesthetically. But I can appreciate its place.

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Wanted to like it, but tbh it just faded into the background despite repeated listens. Nice enough, but no overall standout tracks.

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Some catchy tunes but a bit disjointed. Some lovely guitar work but it doesn't save the album for me, not really my thing.

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Enjoyed the long instrumental bits, but the vocals really put me off.

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Did not really care for this album. It was pretty meddling and the songs felt unfinished. Sometimes the 60s rock has that issue. The singer was a bit nasally and the instrumentals were ok. For a rock album I can’t see myself revisiting this one. 4.3/10

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Not bad but couldn't get into it all that much

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Dated and boring.

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not very good - maybe one song on here that holds up

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Dear Yardbirds, what you've just played is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent bullshit lame folk rock 60s turd album were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul. 1/5.

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Not my style, not a big fan of the vocalist

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Felt like I was listening to England’s version of The Beach Boys slash 50s band. Catchy tunes but not a fan. I did appreciate the band letting their toddlers design the album cover. Better there than drawings on the wall. Liked Lost Women and Over, Under, Sideways, Down. But then it went anther direction.

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Must have been cool at the time, but just awful today. Ragged, meandering, amateurish.

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It was 60's definitely. And it was catchy in places. I didn't want to rush out and buy it but it was a pleasant listen. Wouldn't mind never hearing it again though.

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Помойка

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Did not like

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keep this one in the damn attic too

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I didn't fall asleep so that's something.

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george clooney schlendert nespresso trinkend durch die casinohallen, rückt sein sakko zurecht, zwinkerd einer blondine im kurzen schwarzen zu und lässt im vorbeigehen unbemerkt einen kleinen gps sender in der hosentasche eines securityguards verschwinden.... cut, brad pitt sitzt im überwachungswan und sagt in sein sony headset "alles klar, wir haben das signal"

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Klimper Dudel ass bozo Musik

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Not for me. It was so unremarkable I hardly even remember anything meaningful about it.

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Crazy guitar solos. Crazy good

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