1966 was an exciting year for The Yardbirds, when the group was pulsing with ideas and energy.With singer and harmonica player Keith Relf at the helm and Jeff Beck providing guitar wizardry at his side, the group were on fire. They had released seminal studio album The Yardbirds, better known as Roger The Engineer, that featured Jeff on songs like Over, Under, Sideways, Down . However, it was on the road that the group, with Chris Dreja on bass and Jim McCarty on drums, really came alive. We hear them in action on the many dynamic live performances presented on this superb vinyl LP, storming into classics like Train Kept A Rollin and Shapes of Things to screams of applause. There are also fascinating oddities like American radio Commercials, as well as the A and B sides of singles and even Stroll On from the soundtrack of the famed Sixties movie Blow-Up. Here is a feast of Yardbirds in flight,that will delight collectors and fans alike.
The Flame are most known for their connections to the Beach Boys, though they'd been active for quite some time in a much different part of the world than Southern California before they came to the Beach Boys' attention. Originally known as the Flames, the group – with brothers Ricky Fataar, Steve Fataar, and Edries Fataar, as well as Blondie Chaplin – was a popular act in their native South Africa in the mid- to late '60s, moving to London near the end of the decade to try to break into a larger market. Still using the name the Flames, they put out an obscure album in the U.K. in 1968, Burning Soul. In July 1969, they were seen at the London nightclub Blaise's by Beach Boys guitarist Al Jardine, who brought the band's other guitarist, Carl Wilson, to see them the following night. Wilson offered to produce an album for the band on the Beach Boys' label, Brother, in California, although it wasn't until the late '70s that the LP was released.