12.21.2008

The Yardbirds: Cumular Limit (UK, Unreleased Recordings 67/68)

Yeah...more live stuff.

Cumular Limit
is an album of previously unreleased live and studio recordings by English blues rock band The Yardbirds released in 2000. It features alternate versions of recordings from Little Games (#1, 6-9), live-recordings from Offenbach, 16 March 1967 (#2-5) and France TV ("Bouton Rouge", 9 March 1968[1], #14) and previously unreleased material from New York (#10-13).

This is an uneven but generally pleasing compilation of Yardbirds material. The highlight is a series of four-tracks off German television from March of 1967, a point when the band, with Jimmy Page on lead guitar, was immersed in psychedelia. Among the tracks played live is "Happenings Ten Years' Time Ago," perhaps the culmination of the group's psychedelic period and otherwise under-represented in their concert output; Page does a good job of replicating the single's double lead guitar sound, including the stripped-down break. "Over Under Sideways Down," "Shapes of Things," and "I'm a Man," all of which are represented on the group's official live album, are all well recorded, and "I'm a Man" (perhaps the most ubiquitous song in the group's output, with three official versions) comes off well, apart from the closing credit announcement in German that intrudes over the finale, but the other cuts reveal just how sloppy the band could be in their media appearances; on the plus side, Keith Relf is in much better voice here than he is on the official Anderson Theater live album from a year later. The major part of disc one is a set of alternate takes of late-era tracks of which "White Summer" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor" are the strongest numbers. What sounds like a work-in-progress version of "Ten Little Indians" featuring the guitar up close and personal (and projecting some ornate feedback) may please Jimmy Page completists (who will also devour the tracks "You Stood My Love" and its accompanying unreleased cuts, "Avron Knows"; they aren't much as songs (though they're better than much of what is on Little Games), but they do offer Page playing some aggressive and appealing leads, while "Spanish Blood" has him playing gorgeous Spanish guitar. A live version of "I'm Confused" from France in March of 1968 comes off much better than the official Anderson Theater version from later the same month. The second disc is a CD-ROM containing the video version of the four German television songs on disc one; it has amazingly high quality and is enjoyable as one of the few fairly lengthy extant glimpses of the group playing to an audience.

12 comments:

Pablo "Pochola" Cazorla said...

buy this album here:

http://www.amazon.com/Cumular-Limit-Yardbirds/dp/B00004SZOV

(wait for the link, my cd has some scratches in the last song -dzd and confs- so I ll search for that one only)

Anonymous said...

Very good recordings for all Yardbirds fans.I remember very well the show Bouton Rouge;it was I think the first and last time the group played on French TV.
Have Zen Archer lost the Fillmore concert ?.
JeanBernard

Pablo "Pochola" Cazorla said...

Passw:
mza-garage.blogspot.com

@jbrn
I dont know if Zen posted those shows, anyways, whats his blog add?
can t remember

Anonymous said...

good stuff!
thx!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for The Yardbirs! Cheers!
Zeno

Anonymous said...

Thanx!
Hallo

jim said...

Great stuff, One of the most underrated bands of the 60's.
thanks...

Johnny said...

Great stuff - very rare CD! Thanks!

FrankFromFrance said...

Hi it's Frank from France

Big great blog you own Pablo! Thanks a lot!

I have to tell you that this link doesn't work... could you fix it ?

I also want to share this upload of the Yarbirds' Roger The Engineer

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=L6KZDLPC

I have made it from the CD, containing both mono and stereo mixes + bonus including Keith Relf Singles.

I know this is not a rare bird... but this record completely blew my mind away!

FFF

The Bomber said...

Hi there Frank f f (from France)

Thanks man for sending that masterpiece...its a must agree.

you are very kind.

I must say that I dont have time to re rip the cd, cause its in my house & im away at the moment.

Perhaps ask in other sites or users for a re up.

Cheers my friend!

;)

Anonymous said...

its not here anymore

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=5W4TNX7Q

Unfortunately, the link you have clicked is not available.

Cosmo said...

any chance of a re-up on this one? seems to be out of print and commanding really heavy coin . . .

have heard a few track and really dig what i've heard

please?