20 July, 2012

THE YARDBIRDS - HAPPENINGS TEN YEARS TIME AGO


THE YARDBIRDS - 'Happenings Ten Years Time Ago'/'Psycho Daisies' (Columbia DB 8024) October 1966

The Yardbirds had gone from a blueswailing R&B outfit to a full blown psychedelic guitar rock band in the space of two years. It helped of course that they were able to draw on the talents of twin lead guitarists Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, the latter having recently joined the ranks.

This particular line-up of The Yardbirds was short lived and only a handful of recordings exist apart from these two '66 pearls of psych. 'Happenings Ten Years Time Ago' didn't go down too well with the kids and it failed to crack the top 40, which in those days was a disaster.

Underneath the loud dueling guitars listen out for the spoken lines that apparently were said to Beck by a Doctor at a VD clinic in Hammersmith,

"Pop group are yer? Why yer gotta wear long hair?

I've read elsewhere that John Paul Jones played bass guitar on this track.

I find the flip 'Psycho Daisies' just as intense. It's a fast paced psych rocker with a mention of Hollywood glamour girl Mary Hughes. English psych group Apple covered this one, you'll find it on their album 'An Apple A Day.'






1 comment:

  1. "Happenings..." is most probably my all-time fave Yardbirds track. Incredibly exciting!

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