Yardbirds Birdland on LP
2003 Release Marked Legendary Outfit's First New Album Since 1968!
Featuring Founding Members Chris Dreja & Jim McCarty Plus Guest Appearances from Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Steve Lukather, Brian May, Joe Satriani, Slash & Steve Vai
The Yardbirds, one of the most influential bands to emerge from the glorious British pop scene of the '60s, returned in 2003 with Birdland, their first new studio recording since 1968's Little Games. In addition to founding members Chris Dreja (rhythm guitar, backing vocals) and Jim McCarty (drums, backing vocals), the Yardbirds here also contain Gypie Mayo (lead guitar, backing vocals, formerly of Dr. Feelgood), John Idan (bass, lead vocals) and Alan Glen (harmonica,backing vocals, ex-of Nine Below Zero, Little Axe). They are joined on this recording by guitar heroes Brian May (Queen), Steve Vai, Slash, Joe Satriani, Steve Lukather, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and more.
It was produced by Ken Allardyce (Weezer, Fleetwood Mac, Green Day, Goo Goo Dolls), and the bulk of the album was recorded at Steve Vai's Mothership studio in Hollywood, CA, with parts recorded at two London studios. Allardyce actually saw the Yardbirds open for the Beatles at Hammersmith Odeon in 1964 and has been a fan ever since. The album contains newly recorded versions of eight of the Yardbirds' best known hits ("I'm Not Talking," "The Nazz Are Blue," "For Your Love," "Train Kept A Rolling," "Shapes of Things," "Over, Under, Sideways, Down," "Mr. You're A Better Man Than I" and "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago") plus seven new songs that faithfully carry on the group's musical tradition ("Crying Out For Love," "Please Don't Tell Me 'Bout the News, "Mr. Saboteur," "My Blind Life," "The Mystery of Being," "Dream Within A Dream" and "An Original Man [A Song For Keith]").
According to Dreja, "To make our first album in so many years has been a lasting ambition of ours. We wanted to do our original songs and our new ones with modern production while preserving the essence of our sound. It was a labor of love, and we're grateful to everyone who helped - our guest musicians and especially to Steve Vai. To me, it doesn't sound like we've been away for 35 years. The Yardbirds are still a kick-ass, high-energy band - and that comes across on this album."