Family Tree - Birds of a Feather
About this release
Founded in Surrey in 1963 by Paul Samwell-Smith,Chris Dreja, Keith Relf, Jim McCarty and Anthony ”Top” Topham the band soon moved beyond their early primitive efforts and Topham was replaced by Eric Clapton Shortly after the band replaced the Rolling Stones at the famous R’n’B club the Crawdaddy Club. The band became the backing band for man visiting blues musicians including Sonny Boy Williamson with whom they cut their first record. The best representation of the band at this period was the live album Five Live Yardbirds released in 1964. Despite the bands love of R’n’B however they were pressured into a more pop direction which horrified the purist Clapton. Shortly after recording the bands first hit single For Your Love in 1965 Clapton left the band to be replaced by Jeff Beck the second in the triumvirate of great guitarists to play for the band. Jeff Beck was to stay with the band for less than two years but in that time he established the reputation on which he continues to build today and almost single handed changed the way guitar led rock music was viewed. Jimmy Page the third of the famous guitarists to grace the Yardbirds entered the picture when Samwell-Smith left the band and initially joined as the bands bassist however he soon swapped duties with Chris Dreja and for a short while formed a twin guitar line up with Jeff Beck. When Beck left in 1967 Page became the bands lone guitarist and was to remain so until the band folded in 1968. Despite the regard in which the band was held commercial success eluded them and in 1968 the band split leaving Jimmy Page with the name and the legend. Page decided to carry on as The New Yardbirds and he duly formed a band around himself which shortly after changed name to become Led Zeppelin! This album features music from the various musicians and related musicians who played with The Yardbirds over the years and includes performances from the following artists Jim McCarty Band, Yardbirds Experience, British Invasion All-Stars, Pete French, The Ambulators with Dave Walker.