Tag Archives: The Yardbirds

DVD review: ERIC CLAPTON – Life In 12 Bars

ERIC CLAPTON - Life In 12 Bars

Eagle Vision [08.06.18] When it comes to guitar legends they don’t get much bigger, or more influential, then Eric Clapton. They also don’t come much more damaged and this excellent new biographical documentary brings us his story, warts and all. … Continue reading

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Album review: GLAS – Blue

Glas - Blue

The Last Music company [Release date 30.03.18] South Wales band Glas describe themselves as a: “blues rock n’ roll roots band”, which is a handy ‘catch all’ banner with which they explore their naturally eclectic style. Glas is that rare … Continue reading

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Album review: JOE BONAMASSA – British Blues Explosion Live

JOE BONAMASSA – British Blues Explosion Live

Provogue [Release date 18.05.18] ‘British Blues Explosion Live’ is the latest conceptual vehicle for the prodigiously talented Joe Bonamassa and his constant search for a meaningful context with which to keep the blues alive. Playing to a seated outdoor crowd … Continue reading

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Book review: JIM McCARTY with DAVE THOMPSON – Nobody Told Me: My Life With The Yardbirds, Renaissance and Other Stories

JIM McCARTY with DAVE THOMPSON – Nobody Told Me: My Life With The Yardbirds, Renaissance and Other Stories

http://www.jamesmccarty.com/ 305 pages paperback ISBN 978-0-244-96650-8 [Publication date: May 2018] ‘Nobody Told Me’ is a suitably titled autobiography that documents the life and times of Jim McCarty, The Yardbirds founder member, drummer and rock and roll hall of fame inductee. … Continue reading

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DVD review: JEFF BECK – Still On The Run: The Jeff Beck Story

Eagle Vision [Release date 18.05.18] The guitarist’s guitarist, Jeff Beck has been getting new notes and sounds out of his six strings since his rise to fame in the mid 60s, and this DVD tells the story, from comparing record … Continue reading

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Album review: MARK OLBRICH BLUES ETERNITY – Blues Everywhere

MARK OLBRICH BLUES ETERNITY – Blues Everywhere

Hrpp records [Release date 26.o8.17] Mark Olbrich is a veteran Anglo/Polish blues bass player with an impressive CV both that spreads right across eastern Europe to the States. Both the material and band is built round Olbrich’s rock solid and … Continue reading

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Gig review: BIG BOY BLOATER & THE LIMITS – 100 Club, London, 15 May 2016

BIG BOY BLOATER & THE LIMITS – 100 Club, London, 15 May 2016

In a world of unrelenting hype and instant downloads there’s something reassuring about seeing Big Boy Bloater at the 100 Club. Perhaps it’s the perfect match of an unpretentious artist holding court at a venue that has outlived just about … Continue reading

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Album review: RADIO EXILE – Radio Exile

AOR Heaven [Released 6.11.15] And now for something not Swedish….proper American classic melodic rock fare, best served loud and with beer, Radio Exile’s debut, self-titled album. The tune-smithery (is that a word?) is, in parts, reminiscent of Ritchie Kotzen’s Winery … Continue reading

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Book review: BOB HENRIT – Banging On!

Bob Henrit - Banging On!

Bank House Books (2014) Bob Henrit’s ‘Banging On’ is the opposite of the usual sex, drugs, rock and roll and oblivion confessionals. It’s a lightly humorous recollection of his role in the drift of pop toward rock and beyond, but … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE YARDBIRDS – Bush Hall, London, 21 November 2014

Capable support was supplied by the promising Some Velvet Morning, a three piece pop-rock outfit taking a 21st century twist on some classic ’80′s influences. The band came on to the atmospheric Nancy Sinatra track from which they take their … Continue reading

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Album review: TOMMY CASTRO AND THE PAIN KILLERS – The Devil You Know

      Alligator records [Release date 20.01.14] While this album is a slimmed down version of Tommy Castro And The Pain Killers, there’s actually some 14 guest musicians helping him out in the absence of his previous horn section. … Continue reading

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Gig review: The Great British Rock & Blues Festival, Skegness 24-27 January 2014

Jefferson Starship

Listen in to Pete Feenstra on Sunday 9 February at 19:00 for a Skegness Special More information The 18th Great British Rock & Blues Festival was a triumph of familiarity and enthusiasm over logistics. Many of the capacity crowd were … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE ZOMBIES, THE YARDBIRDS, THE ANIMALS and Friends – The Waterside, Aylesbury, 23 January 2014

Colin Blunstone - The Zombies

Something about the billing of this tour as a ‘celebration of 50 years of Rhythm and Blues with the artists that shaped a musical revolution’ gave off a slight whiff of cabaret. It was a feeling the gig seemed to … Continue reading

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Interview with JIM McCARTY (The Yardbirds) – 3 January 2014

Jim McCarty - The Yardbirds

  January 21st 2014 sees The Yardbirds play their first date of an exhaustive 2014 tour which celebrates 50 years of their existence and the British Blues Invasion that changed the course of rock history. The band initially split in ‘68, … Continue reading

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Album review: THE YARDBIRDS – Making Tracks

  Wienerworld   [Release date 06.10.13] Much like their touring stable mates The Zombies with whom they share a 50 year history, The Yardbirds have all but been rediscovered in the American heartland where this album was recorded. Due to … Continue reading

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Album review: MORELAND & ARBUCKLE – 7 Cities

Telarc [Release date 26.08.13] Moreland & Arbuckle are a power trio with a difference. They hail from Wichita Kansas and their blend of riff driven, southern influenced roots rock is shot through with essential blues influences, but not in the … Continue reading

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DVD Review: AEROSMITH – Rock For The Rising Sun

Eagle Rock [Release date 22.06.13] Much like the Stones who are 10 years their senior, Aerosmith pop up on this DVD like cartoon characters come to life. They rock and roll and charm their way round the post-tsunami Japan on … Continue reading

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