A new double album of forgotten Yardbirds material from 1968, produced by Jimmy Page, is coming out on 5th November. The first piece of the ‘Yardbirds ’68’ package is ‘Live at Anderson Theater’, a live recording made in New York City, and the second is ‘Studio Sketches’, containing various alternate takes and demos from the same year. Page plays guitar on all of the tracks.
The live record features covers of Tiny Bradshaw’s ‘Train Kept A Rollin” and Bo Diddley’s ‘I’m a Man’, as well as original tunes like ‘Heart Full of Soul’, ‘Drinking Muddy Water’, ‘Shapes of Things’, ‘Over Under Sideways Down’ and an early performance of ‘Dazed and Confused’, which would become a Led Zeppelin song. The other disc includes previously unreleased versions of ‘Spanish Blood’ and an early take of Page’s ‘Knowing that I’m Losing You’, which was later recorded by Led Zeppelin.
“We thought this might be lost forever, but we’ve rediscovered it, remixed it. It’s of great historical importance. We’re delighted to see the release.” A note says on Page’s website, signed by Jim McCarty, Chris Dreja and Page. The 18-track compilation set is now available for pre-order on JimmyPage.com in three different formats: CD, vinyl and a deluxe box set.
Page joined the Yardbirds as their lead guitarist after Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck had departed. Although he only recorded one album with the band, 1967’s ‘Little Games’, he toured with them until they broke up. Page then formed the New Yardbirds in 1968, but they soon renamed themselves Led Zeppelin.
Founding drummer McCarty is currently working on new material with a novel line-up of the Yardbirds. They have recently launched a Pledge Music campaign to help fund the release of a new album. Their latest LP, and the first since 1967’s ‘Little Games, is ‘Birdland’, which came out in 2003.