When Jeff Beck arrived with the Yardbirds nearly 50 years ago, the departing Eric Clapton’s legend loomed large. He then set about dismantling it.
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Foghat made an overt reference on “Honey Hush” to the Yardbirds’ Jeff Beck-era update of “Train Kept A-Rollin’.” Their connection goes further back.
The transition from Eric Clapton to Jeff Beck sent the Yardbirds hurtling from classicism to the very edge of experimentalism in the blink of an eye.
Eric Clapton presents himself for the first time not as guitar god, but as bone-deep soul singer.
In the aftermath of Jack Bruce’s long-awaited reunion with Cream, some people bitched. All I remember was watching in wonder.
Legend says Clapton split over “For Your Love.” But there was more to it.
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A searing rebuke, performed with bristling force on a gut-string guitar.
The Beatles’ early retirement makes compiling a concert playlist difficult – but not impossible.
“All I could do was admire it from afar,” he admits, “and long for something similar.”
Clapton, Beck and then Page played lead with the Yardbirds between 1963-68.