They were the progenitors of psychedelic pop.
Their sound inspired young Americans to pick up guitars and head for the garage. They launched the careers of three of rock’s most celebrated guitarists —Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page — and set the stage, halfway through the Sixties, for the album-oriented hard rock of the Seventies.
But in 1964 at London’s Marquee Club, kicking off the live recording of their British debut album, they were introduced as “the most blueswailing Yardbirds.”
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