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The Story of the Yardbirds

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  • Actors: Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Zeit Media Limited
  • Release Date: Nov. 25 2008
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,461 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa619d1bc) out of 5 stars Superb Documentary on the Band that brought us Clapton, Beck and Page! Dec 21 2008
By Steve Ramm - Published on
Format: DVD
This DVD on the HiQ label is a quirky release. It's a UK produced DVD distributed by Voiceprint - which has been releasing the Tony Palmer films in the US this year. The DVD feature is a reissue of a 1992 Documentary on the Yardbirds produced by Delilah productions for Atlantic Records and released on VHS in 1993 by Warner Strategic Marketing (It still has the copyright notice at the end). The 53-minute film features new interviews (at the time it was produced) with all the then living members. Vocalist and harmonica player Keith Reif died in the 1970s. The story of the short span of five years that the band was together is laid out with interviews combined with rare archival footage of performances in the US (Hullabaloo), French and Belgian TV and the BBC. There are many full numbers (though I wish they had indexed these as separate chapters for repeated viewing). The interviews are insightful, particularly the comments from Jeff Beck.

There is also a "Bonus Feature" which consists of a FABULOUS performance of four numbers from the German TV show "Beat Beat Beat" from 1967, with a seven-minute version of "I'm A Man" that's worth the price of the DVD alone. (There are more "Beat Beat Beat" shows coming early next year from HiQ and I, for one, am excited to see these. The crisp print and great camera close-ups are perfect.

The DVD comes with a booklet of, supposedly, liner note but most of the 20-page booklet is devoted to an essay and liner notes for a new Yardbirds album "Birdland" recorded in 2003v with new members. These notes have nothing at all to do with the story here.

I would give this DVD five stars for what's on the disc - but dropped a star because of this strange packaging, which makes no sense.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa484d534) out of 5 stars Great viewing, but the running time is WRONG. Dec 23 2012
By Baberufus - Published on
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The content of this program is great...just what I hoped far, aside from the fact that the performance clips were short and truncated. Great interview segments though, and the video footage is definitely rare and precious for fans of the Yardbirds, Clapton, Beck and Page. My only real gripe is that the running time is only HALF of what it claims (1 hr. 45 min.). After the show is over, it just repeats itself! What a dirty trick...of course, it's no big deal since the video is so cheap. I would have bought it even if they had listed the running time accurately as 52 minutes. Maybe it's just an honest error, but they should fix that so that there are no unpleasant surprises.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5499650) out of 5 stars A worthy addition to any fan's library. Nov. 1 2010
By Barron W. Chandler Jr. - Published on
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The Yardbirds played a crucial part in the history and development of rock. The Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart, Led Zep, Clapton's many excursions, and even Renaissance(!)were all outgrowths of the band.
This video tells the story very well. Lots of classic, though incomplete, live footage is included and almost all the original participants weigh in with facts and anecdotes. The video is well-edited and easy to watch. Not for fans only this piece is recommended to all rock/pop music lovers but probably essential for true Yardbirds fans.
Additionally, this edition includes four complete live performances from the final incarnation of the Yardbirds - Jimmy Page, Chris Dreja, Keith Relf, and Jim McCarty - which is also sold separately. So it has added value.
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa489f048) out of 5 stars Great Stuff Dec 21 2008
By John T. Murphy - Published on
Format: DVD
As one reviewer suggested this might be a bootleg as it's not listed on the official Yardbirds website.

Nonetheless this is worth every penny if only for the excellent quality of live music and TV show footage.

There are plenty of band interviews with all of the living Yardbirds including some Clapton, lots of Beck and Page and Peter Grant even gets some camera time. There is one band interview in particular from sometime in the 90's and Beck is straightforward hilarious with his behind the scenes stories and critiques of things like Blow Up.

This is very well put together, tells the story and is entertaining.
If it is a bootleg or something done without the band's consent then whoever made this should be in big trouble right now.
I have Googled for Yardbirds lawsuits against HiQ and could find nothing.

People want to see this stuff, especially things about short lived, ground breaking, inventive and elusive bands (Hello Joy Division!).

If the Yardbirds or any band that cares about it's "legacy" wants make sure the history of their existence gets the correct treatment they should beat all others to the punch and do it themselves (Hello XTC!).

Take the Beatles example and claim your history and stop your sobbing (Hello Kinks!)
Eventually someone cobbles together a video history of these bands, if not for the love of the music then for money, either way it will get done and we the adoring public will eat it up.
Surely people who have been in this business as long as the Yardbirds know that.

I'll give it 5 stars just to annoy the "guy who knows the band" and that I really do enjoy it and will watch it repeatedly. Hey lighten up, it's only Rock and Roll!

Great stuff,Love it, Buy it now!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4a47e4c) out of 5 stars Jeff Beck--who knew?! Nov. 13 2013
By lily t. - Published on
Who would have known that Jeff Beck was so charming and funny given his supposedly difficult reputation? Of all the interviewees I really enjoyed his down to earth commentary best--especially on the pretentious Antonioni and his silly film Blow -Up.

This 51 minute documentary covers the Yardbirds from their inception in 1963-to 68 and focuses on its incredible guitar players. It's a bit short on the Clapton era [ but then he's gotten so much coverage elsewhere], has rare and wonderful though abbreviated clips of Jeff Beck, a few of the dueling guitar period with Jimmy Page and then goes on to the Page era- with its mind blowing bowing.

Interviews include Beck, Clapton, Dreja, Samwell-Smith, Mccarty and manager Giorgio Gomelski [ don't you just love that name?!]; and it was amazing to get their insights into each other and into this seminal and highly influential band. I knew nothing of the late Keith Relf and especially enjoyed seeing the person behind that incredible harmonica sound.

Watching the streaming version, I was sad to see it end so soon--and would have loved to see some full length performances. Recommended.