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Latest interview with McCarty - June 5, 2017

Enjoying a run of solid sold-out performances in 2016, the Yardbirds recently headed back out on the road, continuing to hold true to the band’...
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ABC Radio News - February 16, 2017

 

The Yardbirds' current incarnation is preparing to launch a new series of U.S. tour dates next month with a March 4 show in Melbourne, Florida. The legendary British Invasion group's itinerary features a total of 14 dates stretching through a July 7 concert in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and including a run of West Coast performances in late May and early June.

In advance of the trek, the band will be taking part in the 2017 Flower Power Cruise, which runs from February 27 to March 4. Other artists who will be performing on the cruise include The Monkees' Micky Dolenz, Eric Burdon and The Animals, Chad & Jeremy, The Fifth Dimension, The Lovin' Spoonful, Rare Earth, Spencer Davis and Three Dog Night.

The Yardbirds continue to be led by founding drummer and backing singer Jim McCarty, while the lineup also features four American musicians -- singer/guitarist John Idan, lead guitarist Johnny A, bassist Kenny Aaronson and harmonica player/backing vocalist Myke Scavone.

You can check out a recent video of the current Yardbirds performing a variety of songs, including "Heart Full of Soul," "Drinking Muddy Water," "Train Kept a-Rollin'" and "I'm a Man," at Vimeo.com.

Here are all of The Yardbirds' confirmed U.S. tour dates:

3/4 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center
3/5 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Palladium
3/7 -- Coral Springs, FL, Coral Springs Center for the Arts
3/9 -- The Villages, FL, Savannah Centre
5/27 -- Simi Valley, CA, Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Fest
5/28 -- Oroville, CA, Feather Falls Casino
5/30 -- Oakland, CA, Yoshi's
5/31 -- Oakland, CA, Yoshi's
6/3 -- Lake Tahoe, NV, Harrah's Casino
6/4 -- Seattle, WA, Triple Door
6/7 -- Del Mar, CA, San Diego County Fair
6/10 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Casino
6/16 -- Chattanooga, TN, River Bend Festival
7/7 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Resorts Casino

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Best Of Stairway - June 5, 2015

New Release on 7th August 2015. Item will be sent as soon as stock is available.

JIM McCARTY is renowned for his innovative drumming style which he introduced into rock music as an iconic founder member of The YARDBIRDS. Jim also played with RENAISSANCE, BOX OF FROGS, SHOOT and ILLUSION and teamed up in the late 80’s with LOUIS CENNAMO (who had a prestigious career as a member of The HERD, RENAISSANCE, COLOSSEUM and STEAMHAMMER) to form STAIRWAY.

STAIRWAY was an English new age band who released four albums before disbanding in 1995.

Jim has now compiled a “Best Of” from those four albums.

From Angel Air Records

MUSICIANS
JIM McCARTY, LOUIS CENNAMO, JANE RELF, CLIFFORD WHITE

Frontman - March 7, 2014

COMING IN APRIL! A Limited Edition, 180-gram audiophile colored vinyl 2-LP set! The first-ever 'best of' collection of tracks from the legendary Rock 'N Roll Hall Of Famer's post-Yardbirds era as a singer/songwriter! This fabulous 16-track release includes 14 recordings that are either previously unreleased or have never before appeared on vinyl! This includes extremely rare live recordings from 1973 with 'Shoot' and unreleased tracks from later fabulous solo albums. Some tracks feature performers such as Eddie Phillips, Top Topham, Louis Cennamo, John Hawken, Jane Relf, Ron Korb, and many other highly regarded artists. Plus, brand new versions of two McCarty classic compositions featuring yet another guitar discovery, American Don Mabus.

Produced by Craig Moore, owner of Younger Than Yesterday. This numbered limited edition of 1000 RSD official release will be available to independent record shops around the world, with a special live performance of the material by Jim's American solo back-up band scheduled for the Younger Than Yesterday stage on Record Store Day, April 19th.

 

 

Gypie Mayo passes away - October 23, 2013

Gypie Mayo, who played guitar for Dr. Feelgood and the reunited Yardbirds, has passed away. He was 62.

 

Mayo replaced Wilko Johnson in Dr. Feelgood in 1977 and stayed with them until 1981. In 1996, he joined the restructured Yardbirds, playing guitar with the band until 2004. Johnson wrote on his Facebook page earlier today, “Very sad to hear Gypie Mayo passed away this morning..RIP Gypie.”

According to NME, Mayo, who was born John Phillip Cawthra, started his music career with a group called White Mule in 1969. He kicked around various bands until 1977, when he replaced Johnson in Dr. Feelgood.

Mayo played on six of the group’s albums during his four years with the band. He co-wrote Dr. Feelgood’s only U.K. Top 10 hit, ‘Milk and Alcohol,’ and also played on four of the band’s other five songs that hit the charts.

No cause of death has been given at this time.

Rare In Store Appearance - July 5, 2013

SPECIAL EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ALL Jim McCarty/YARDBIRDS FANS!
 
YOUNGER THAN YESTERDAY, SUNDAY, AUGUST 4th, a special in-store mini-concert featuring Rock 'N Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and founding member of THE YARDBIRDS, JIM McCARTY, performing with The Temporary Tribute Band (TTB - Tim Brickner, Mike Nellas, Don Mabus, Matthew Warren, Craig Moore).
 
The Yardbirds provided the training ground for guitarists Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, eventually transforming into Led Zeppelin and Renaissance. Other than the Beatles, the Yardbirds are credited as being the most influential band of all time, a band who laid the groundwork for psychedelia, progressive rock, and heavy metal!
 
Jim's solo career over the past 45 years has produced a steady stream of melodic rock, 'new age', and bluesy singer/songwriter releases including his latest album "Sitting On The Top Of Time". He is currently in Toronto working on a new solo album, and since he's in North America with some free time, and as a long-time friend of Younger Than Yesterday owner Craig Moore, he is coming down to do a rare in-store appearance on the stage at Younger Than Yesterday, performing 2 shows with backing provided by T.T.B..  Jim's solo CD's & DVD's as well as the latest Yardbirds DVD will be on sale and Jim will be available for pictures and autographs between and after shows. 
 
SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, two shows, 1PM and 4PM
Younger Than Yesterday, 2615 North University, Peoria.
for more information
phone: 309-682-1116

Jim McCarty solo tour - January 1, 2013

Jim McCarty & Band (Jim McCarty, John Hawken, Jann Klose) Booking: East Coast (US & CANADA) June 2013

Call them the Traveling J-Burys, if you will. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jim McCarty and his long time musical colleagues John Hawken and recent musical conspirator Jann Klose perform in Jim McCarty & Band. Jim’s sound is a unique blend of blues and classical-influenced rock. Jim McCarty & Band are scheduled for Europe this spring with a tour that includes the UK. 

These men come from different generations, and create a chamber rock/pop style, with a thread that draws from sounds of Renaissance and the Yardbirds, popularized by many of today’s bands including Camera Obscura, The Shins, Fleet Foxes, Phoenix, Antony and the Johnsons, and the Decemberists.

Jim McCarty, who co-founded the legendary Yardbirds and Renaissance, is responsible for bringing a number of artists into the forefront of the music world, including Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton. As the Yardbirds' drummer and background vocalist Jim supplied that mysterious sound that identifies the Yardbirds sound. John Hawken was a member of Renaissance with Jim. Jann collaborated with Renaissance's current and long time lead singer Annie Haslam. Jim McCarty & Band performed together in Ontario in the fall of 2011 and in New York City, Spring 2012.

John Hawken first came to prominence in the 1960s in the UK punk band, The Nashville Teens. He joined Renaissance with Jim, and two other groups: Illusion and the reunited group, Renaissance Illusion in 2001. John has played in Spooky Tooth, UK's first punk band, Third World War, Vinegar Joe with Robert Palmer, and the Strawbs.

Jann Klose sings Tim Buckley’s parts in the upcoming Jeff Buckley biopic, GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY, and is heard on the GRAMMY-nominated HEALTHY FOOD FOR THOUGHT and MTV CRIBS. He’s also sung and played with Gary Lucas (Jeff Buckley, Captain Beefheart), Annie Haslam, Pete Seeger, and the late Les Paul.

In addition to performing, Jim, John, and Jann present entertaining master classes on collaboration and changing music industry. Jim's stories about the rock and roll era of the 1960s are priceless.

jimmccarty.co.uk | johnhawken.com | jannklose.com

 

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"Lost Album" to be released? - November 25, 2012

In a Rolling Stone interview with Jimmy Page here is what he has to say about releasing the holy grail of "lost" Yardbirds albums 'Live Yardbirds! Featuring Jimmy Page'
""I've been going through my personal archives over the last few years. And I found the tapes...It would be good to put it out again. It would certainly involve a remix, to get rid of the cocktail bar noise." And XYZ: "...the material was good. I have the multi-tracks. I hope they see the light of day."

Why Pagey joined - November 18, 2012

  

Jimmy Page with The Yardbirds/ photo credit: Jorgen Angel

Jimmy Page with The Yardbirds/ photo credit: Jorgen Angel

Clapton was the guitarist in their early years, but he was soon replaced by Beck, a longtime friend of Page’s. While Beck was playing with the Yardbirds, Page was a session guitarist, working on records by a diverse group of artists including Joe Cocker, The Who, Lulu and Tom Jones. But when he joined the Yardbirds, it wasn’t on guitar – he actually replaced their original bass player. He tells the story in this exclusive excerpt from the upcoming book, Light And Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page, a collection of interviews with the six-string (and occasional four-string) legend, conducted by Guitar World Editorial Director Brad Tolinski.

“How I ended up actually joining the band is a pretty funny story. I went to see the Yardbirds play at this really stuffy student black-tie event at Cambridge University. The singer, Keith Relf, got quite inebriated and was being really punky. He was really staring down the establishment and put on a magnificent rock and roll performance. He was knocking things over and shouting obscenities at the audience. I really enjoyed myself, but the band’s bassist Paul Samwell-Smith was completely incensed with Keith and his increasingly erratic behavior on the road and decided that night to leave the group. The band had gigs coming up and they were sort of scratching their heads about who could replace Paul on such short notice. That’s when I volunteered my services. I was tired of the studio grind and I figured that eventually Jeff and I would get a chance to play guitar together.”

They did ultimately get that chance, when rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja switched to bass and Page returned to guitar. Unfortunately, the Beck/Page lineup didn’t last long, as Beck would soon be fired by the group (but you can hear both legends on at least one Yardbirds track, “Happenings Ten Years Time Ago”).

 

Light And Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page is now available, and  features stories about The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin and Page’s other groups: The Film, Coverdale/Page and Page/Plant.

Brian Ives, CBS Local

Clapton to celebrate - October 7, 2012

London England (How bout a Yardbirds reunion?)

In an event that could turn out to be the calm before the storm, longtime British rocker Eric Clapton has been a bit quiet this year but will celebrate in style as he prepares to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of his musical career in 2013.

Clapton has revealed that he has been in the studio working on a new album that he will release sometime early in the coming year.

Clapton is also planning a few concerts in his homeland including a five date residency at the Royal Albert Hall. While on his musical anniversary journey Clapton will have some old friends sharing the stage with him – Doyle Bramhall II, Steve Jordan, Willie Weeks, Chris Stainton, Greg Leisz, Michelle John, Sharon While, and Paul Carrack.

Clapton first appeared on the British musical scene in 1963 as a part of The Yardbirds – he was a member of the band for 18 months. While Clapton himself has said, “I am, and always will b e a blues guitarist;” he is best known for his rocking guitar licks that may not be fast but are no less impressive and have earned him the nickname of Slowhand.

 

The Last Word - August 26, 2012

The Yardbirds are returning to North America this weekend to launch for a short tour that kicks off Sunday in the Canadian city of Gravenhurst just north of Toronto. The trek then hits the U.S., starting with a few West Coast dates before moving on to Chicago and several East Coast cities.

Drummer Jim McCarty, the only original Yardbirds member currently touring with the legendary U.K. blues-rock outfit, says the band will be bringing with them a special treat for fans. He tells ABC News Radio that the group has put together a new two-DVD set featuring highlights from some of their 2011 gigs that they'll be selling exclusively at their upcoming shows.

"We're calling it Making Tracks…Basically, it's all the best tracks we did from about three or four dates," he explains. "It's quite a nice DVD. It's the new band, and features a few outtakes and interviews, and a few traveling shots, backstage stuff, and all that."

McCarty reports that the DVD eventually will be given a widespread release, although he doesn't think it will be available via retailers until December.

As for the "new band" McCarty mentions, it includes singer/harmonica player Andy Mitchell and bassist David Smale, who both joined The Yardbirds fold 2009. Rounding out the quartet is lead guitarist Ben King, whose been playing in the group since 2005, when he was 21. The Yardbirds also feature founding rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja, although he's been unable to tour with the band since suffering a stroke last year.

McCarty says Dreja "is still recuperating," adding that "he can't really play or travel" yet.

The 69-year-old drummer, meanwhile, says he doesn't mind at all hitting the stage with a group of musicians who are decades younger than he is.

"It's great fun playing with this lineup -- the young guys with their sort of enthusiasm and their energy," he declares. "I'm looking forward to [the tour]."

He adds that another aspect of the trek he's happy about is that The Yardbirds will be visiting cities that they've rarely, if ever, played before, including Portland, Oregon; Spokane, Washington; and Sausalito, California. Also high on his list is the band's Chicago show.

"I love playing in Chicago," he says. "You know, to me, that's the home of the blues."

Here are all of the band's upcoming North American tour dates, according to TheYardbirds.com:

8/26 -- Gravenhurst, Canada, Peter Players
8/29 -- Portland, OR, The Crystal Ballroom
9/1 -- Spokane, WA, Pig Out in the Park
9/2 -- Sausalito, CA, Sausalito Art Festival
9/3 -- Santa Cruz, CA, Moe's Alley
9/5 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
9/6 -- New York, NY, City Winery
9/7 -- Foxboro, MA, Showcase Live
9/8 -- Norfolk, CT, Infinity Hall
9/9 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
9/12 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head Tavern
9/14 -- New Hope, PA, Havana New Hope
9/15 -- Chester, VA, Hops Harvest Beer Wine & Camp Festival, Pocahontas State Park



Dreja sits this one out. - January 4, 2012

 

PIONEERING BRITISH BLUES-ROCK BAND, THE YARDBIRDS, SET TO TOUR IN THE NEW YEAR

 

New York, NY—The Yardbirds, the band that spearheaded the British Blues Boom of the 1960s, the band that brought the world Eric Clapton in 1963, Jeff Beck in 1965 and Jimmy Page in 1966 (who played in the band with Beck for four months), the band that continues to inspire artists worldwide, will tour the Northeast starting February 1 in Buffalo, New York.

The lineup includes critically-acclaimed original drummer/composer Jim McCarty, guitarist Ben King, who has garnered a reputation as one of hottest, most tasteful young guitar players around, bassist David Smale (a much-respected and admired UK-based musician) and vocalist Andy Mitchell, whose sound is straight out of the mid-‘50s Chicago school of blues. Chris Dreja, guitarist and co-founder, is recuperating at home after a recent illness and regrets that he won’t be able to be a part of this short tour. He thanks all his fans for their good wishes and looks forward to seeing them again when he re-joins the band later in the year for a more extensive tour.  

Known as much for their strict allegiance to the blues as for their international chart-topping hit “For Your Love,” The Yardbirds have never lost their drive and jet-propelled beat, due mainly to Mr. McCarty. Their “Train Kept A’ Rollin’” inspired Aerosmith to tackle the same song. Their early forays into heavy rock inspired Page to form his own band, originally named The New Yardbirds, but ultimately named Led Zeppelin.

The Yardbirds, electrifying, eclectic and way ahead of their time, melded heavy rock, wild jams, and an improvisatory feel, and continue to influence generations of bands. Go to a Yardbirds show and you'll find crowds filled with 20-somethings to baby boomers all thrilling to this band's legendary power.  Watching The Yardbirds in action is experiencing rock’n’roll.

Dates & venue information on the 'Gigs' page. 

Knighthood for Page? - November 18, 2011

Former Yardbird to be Knighted?
www.dailytelegraph.com.au
Conservative MP Louise Mensch is lobbying for a Knighthood for Led Zeppelin rock-god Jimmy Page.

New Yardbirds Box Set - November 16, 2011

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A new British record label, Easy Action presents Rock n Rolls primeval aristocracy including Van Morrison, Lords of Altomont, Lords of the new church, Iggy and The Stooges, halcyon Lou Reed, high voltage kings the MC5, Sonics Rendezvous Band, Lou Reed, Brian James and quintessential glam Icon, Marc ...

New box set from Easy Action due to ship next week! Click on the link for all the information.

Dreja sits a few out. - October 15, 2011

Chris Dreja will not be playing with The Yardbirds on their 2 remaining gigs in October. The September tour found Chris experiencing some minor health problems and The Dapper Mr. D is taking some time off to recuperate. In the meantime the band continues to cook as a quartet. The last date of the American tour was also performed without Chris. Jim, Ben, Andy and Dave took up the slack and blew the roof off the El Rey Theater in Chico, California. Get well soon. Chris. It's not the same without you.

Russ Garrett (webmaster)

May 18, 2011

THE YARDBIRDS OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON RUMORS OF ZEP FEST'S DEMISE
 
The Yardbirds: guitarist Chris Dreja, drummer Jim McCarty, bassist David Smale, singer Andy Mitchell, and guitarist Ben King have joined together to state, "We have heard numerous rumors that ZepFest, which is scheduled to be held at National Harbor, the weekend of May 27, 28, and 29, has been canceled.  However, despite our repeated requests, the promoters have failed to confirm or deny the rumors.
 
"The band is ready and eager to perform under the terms of our fully-executed contract.  All that is needed for our performance to go forward is, among other things, receipt of our international flight tickets -- which we were supposed to receive on May 15, 2011.  They were not received.
 
"We await word from the ZepFest promoters.  Only they can confirm or deny whether the rumours of ZepFest's demise are true or untrue.  We have been looking forward to playing the Festival and remain ready to do son.  We call upon the ZepFest promoters to set the record straight, for performers and fans alike."   

Birdland (Live) - May 16, 2011

 
 

Available from www.note-music.co.uk

THE YARDBIRDS - 'BIRDLAND LIVE'
Official 'Live' recordings from the 'Birdland' tour 2002-2003
Featuring Jim McCarty / Chris Dreja / John Idan / Alan Glen / Gypie Mayo


SPECIAL OFFER
All copies of 'Birdland Live' come with free copy of ALAN GLEN - 'Crazy Life II' Retrospective promo CD with tracks from:
Nine Below Zero / Dr Feelgood / Incredible Blues Puppies / Barcodes / Little Axe etc

 

Price £10 + £2 Post and Packing

THE YARDBIRDS - 'BIRDLAND LIVE' - CD

The New Yardbirds? - May 9, 2011

"A pre-Zeppelin album exists" says “Top” Topham (original Yardbirds guitarist)

Topham claims there was an early, pre-Led Zeppelin I album, under the name of The New Yardbirds:

"It’s a fact that a pre-Zeppelin album exists under the name the New Yardbirds, and includes much of the same as early Zepp. I believe this has never been released."

The idea of Topham being in Led Zeppelin and of an early album is new information in the Led Zeppelin narrative. It is unknown whether, if the album actually exists, it is with the members of Led Zeppelin, a Yardbirds album with some variation of Keith Relf, Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty playing, or a group of musicians previously unknown. What is known, however, is that the last lineup of The Yardbirds performed a number of songs that would find their way onto Led Zeppelin I, so the The Yardbirds recording this material can’t be discounted.

Final 45 reissued - March 1, 2011

April 16th release date for the final Yardbirds single.

Very limited quantities.

Available only at your local Record Store.

Jimmy Page, Keith Relf, Chris Dreja & Jim McCarty.

Goodnight Sweet Josephine b/w Think About It.

 

Reunion? - January 8, 2011

Ben King, the 26-year-old lead guitarist for the Yardbirds, has been playing with the band for over five years. He grew up in the English countryside near Oxfordshire, where he learned to play guitar and immersed himself in all types of music.
 

He’s been holding down the lead-guitar seat in the band ever since. “I’d always dreamed of having a record that [guitar legend] Steve Vai would like, and I found myself in a band that was signed to Vai’s label Favored Nations -- a dream come true.”

However, his first appearance on the label came as a surprise: “In July 2006 we were scheduled to play at the B.B. King Blues Club in New York, where our performance was to be recorded for a live album. However, so I wouldn’t fret about it beforehand, the band waited until 20 minutes before we were to go on stage to tell me -- that really made me nervous.” If you listen to the Yardbirds’ 2007 release “Live at B.B. King Blues Club,” you’ll realize King (and the band) gave an admirable performance.

Asked what it was like to tour with the Yardbirds, King said: “We get to play all over the world at the best venues and share the bill with some of the best bands. It’s fantastic! I’m now part of the lineage of one of the greatest rock bands of all time. … Soon we’ll start to write songs for a new album. … I’ve also started a side project with Dave Smale and Andy Mitchell from the band.”

And about the future, King hints at a plan that will thrill fans: “I’m trying to instigate a reunion of all the original members of the Yardbirds. We’ve had meetings and phone calls with Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page.” We’ll see what happens, but I’m hoping…

Asked about Jeff Beck and original bass player Paul Samwell-Smith (original singer Keith Relf was electrocuted at home in the ‘70s), King said: “Paul just wants to stay at home in France and drink wine. Jeff is the most problematic. One day he’s interested, the next day he’s not.” In a documentary on the Yardbirds, Beck once said that his best playing had been with the Yardbirds; that his fellow musicians had pushed him to creative heights, to which King responded: “I’ve never heard that before. Maybe we should remind him.”

New 5 CD Box - December 20, 2010

Yardbirds

The Yardbirds Boxed set "Glimpses" is being worked on over Christmas and we will hopefully have a track listing and images for you early in the year ! The box features 5 Cds of material that was either broadcast, recorded live or demoes etc . Drummer Jim McCarty is helping out as we speak with various bits n pieces. It is unlikely that we will get any help from the string of transient guitarists the band boasted but hey thats their prerogative. 

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Keith Relf - November 28, 2010

Former Yardbird front man Keith Relf's grave had been unmarked from the time of his death in 1976 till just recently. This photo was taken by a fan on September 28, 2010

Little Games - November 17, 2010

The Little Games album with Jimmy Page will be re-released on December 7th. (Sundazed Records)

 Track Listing:

1. Little Games
2. Smile on Me
3. White Summer
4. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor
5. Glimpses
6. Drinking Muddy Water
7. No Excess Baggage
8. Stealing, Stealing
9. Only the Black Rose
10. Little Soldier Boy
11. Puzzles
12. I Remember The Night  

By the time Jimmy Page joined the Yardbirds in 1966, the group was already firmly established as one of the era's most innovative and creatively adventurous British bands. The addition of Page allowed the band's heady mix of blues and psychedelia to coalesce into an edgy approach that laid the stylistic groundwork for Page's next band, Led Zeppelin (who were known as the New Yardbirds in their early days).

 

The Yardbirds' 1967 release Little Games--produced by noted British pop guru Mickie Most--is the band's only album to be recorded entirely with Page as a member, and the only one to feature the group's final lineup of Page and founding members Keith Relf, Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty. Little Games is also a transitional effort that finds the Yardbirds delving into an array of sounds and styles, from gritty blues-rock ("Drinking Muddy Water") to swirling psychedelia ("Glimpses") to introspective balladry ("Only the Black Rose"). Several of the album's tracks can now be seen as sonic blueprints for Led Zeppelin, e.g. "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor" and "Glimpses," both of which feature the distinctive guitar-bowing technique for which Page would soon become famous. Page's acoustic instrumental showcase "White Summer" would later become a frequent feature of Led Zeppelin's live performances. The album also features Page's future Zep bandmate John Paul Jones on bass, cello and string arrangements, along with guest appearances by UK session aces Nicky Hopkins and Clem Cattini.

Sundazed Music's new CD and LP editions of Little Games have been sourced from the original UK mono masters. The LP version is pressed on 180 gram vinyl, and meticulously reproduces the album's distinctive original cover art.

Renaissance - November 12, 2010

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11/29/10/ release date on Esoteric Recordings announce the release of a newly remastered and expanded edition of the classic 1970 debut album by RENAISSANCE.

Although the band would later find fame with a completely different line-up, Renaissance began life as a group formed by former Yardbirds members Keith Relf and Jim McCarty. Joined by vocalist Jane Relf, keyboard player John Hawken and bassist Louis Cennamo, Renaissance successfully melded Classical, Folk and Rock influences into a unique sound that perfectly suited the emerging Progressive era.

Released by Island Records in 1970, the album featured the mighty Kings & Queens, along with the excellent Island and Bullet. This Esoteric Recordings edition is newly re-mastered and adds both sides of the band’s first single as bonus tracks

Kings And Queens / Innocence / Island / Wanderer / Bullet / Bonus Tracks - Island (Single Version) / The Sea

Crossroads DVD/BluRay - October 19, 2010

Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010: Best Buy Exclusive Edition On DVD & Blu-Ray With 30 Minute Bonus Disc

Published: 19 October 2010
Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010 (Rhino Entertainment)

Eric Clapton's 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival will be released by Rhino Entertainment on DVD and Blu-Ray on 8 November in the UK and 9 November in the US. Filmed in HD, the double disc set has four hours of performances and collaborations from EC, the John Mayer Trio, Sheryl Crow, Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood, Earl Klugh, Vince Gill, Buddy Guy, Ron Wood, Jonny Lang and many more. In the US, Best Buy stores will sell an exclusive edition in both formats. Best Buy's 30-minute bonus disc features an interview with Clapton plus performances by Gary Clark Jr. ("Don't Owe You A Thang"), Sheryl Crow ("Everyday Is A Winding Road"), Citizen Cope ("Son's Gonna Rise"), Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band ("Love Has Something To Say") and Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood ("Glad).

A full-length digital version will be available for purchase via iTunes. A digital rental version of the two-hour theatrical film that was shown in US theatres this past July is also expected.

The full track list for the DVD and Blu-Ray is:

DISC 1
Bill Murray Introduction with Eric Clapton
01. Sonny Landreth with Eric Clapton - Promise Land
02. Sonny Landreth - Z Rider
03. Robert Randolph and the Family Band - Traveling Shoes
04. Joe Bonamassa and Pino Daniele with Robert Randolph - Going Down
Bill Murray introduces Robert Cray
05. Robert Cray, Jimmie Vaughn and Hubert Sumlin - Killing Floor
06. Jimmie Vaughn, Robert Cray and Hubert Sumlin - Six Stings Down
Bill Murray introduces ZZ Top
07. ZZ Top - Waiting For the Bus
08. ZZ Top - Jesus Just Left Chicago
09. Doyle Bramhall II - Gypsy Blood
10. Doyle Bramhall II - In My Time Of Dying
11. Gary Clark Jr - Bright Lights
12. Sheryl Crow with Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Doyle Bramhall II and Gary Clark Jr - Long Road Home
13. Sheryl Crow with Eric Clapton, Doyle Bramhall II and Gary Clark Jr - Our Love Is Fading
14. Bert Jansch - Blackwaterside
15. Stefan Grossman with Keb Mo - Mississippi Blues
16. Stefan Grossman with Keb Mo - Roll 'N' Tumble
Bill Murray introduces Vince Gill
17. Vince Gill, Keb Mo, James Burton, Earl Klugh, Albert Lee - One More Last Chance
18. Vince Gill, James Burton, Albert Lee, Keb Mo, Earl Klugh - Mystery Train
19. Vince Gill, Keb Mo, Albert Lee, James Burton, Earl Klugh and Sheryl Crow - Lay Down Sally
20. Earl Klugh - Angelina
21. Earl Klugh - Vonetta
Bill Murray introduces John Mayer
22. John Mayer Trio - Who Did You Think I Was
23. John Mayer Trio - Ain't No Sunshine

DISC 2
Bill Murray introduces Derek Trucks
01. Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band - Midnight In Harlem
02. Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band featuring Warren Haynes - Coming Home
03. Warren Haynes - Soulshine
04. David Hidalgo and Cesar Rojas featuring Derek Trucks - Don't Keep Me Wondering
05. Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band featuring Warren Haynes, David Hidalgo, Cesar Rojas, Chris Stainton - Space Captain
Bill Murray introduces Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang and Ronnie Wood
06. Buddy Guy with Jonny Lang and Ronnie Wood - Five Long Years
07. Buddy Guy with Jonny Lang and Ronnie Wood - Miss You
Bill Murray introduces Jeff Beck
08. Jeff Beck - Hammerhead
09. Jeff Beck - Nessun Dorma
Bill Murray introduces Eric Clapton
10. Eric Clapton - Crossroads
11. Eric Clapton and Citizen Cope - Hands of the Saints
12. Eric Clapton - I Shot The Sheriff
13. Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck - Shake Your Money Maker
14. Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood - Had To Cry Today
15. Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood - Voodoo Chile
16. Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood - Dear Mr. Fantasy
Bill Murray introduces BB King
17. Finale: Eric Clapton, BB King, Robert Cray, Jimmie Vaughn, Joe Bonamassa, and others - The Thrill Is Gone

BEST BUY EXCLUSIVE EDITION BONUS DISC (DVD AND BLU-RAY):
01. Gary Clark Jr. - Don't Owe You A Thang
02. Sheryl Crow - Everyday Is A Winding Road
03. Citizen Cope - Son's Gonna Rise
04. Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band - Love Has Something Else To Say
05. Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood - Glad
06. Eric Clapton Interview

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