Yardbirds – Having a Rave Up With the Yardbirds U.S. stereo LP rare label


A 1972 U.S. pressing of the 1965 LP Having a Rave Up With the Yardbirds by the Yardbirds, on the orange Epic label.

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Offered for sale is a 1972 U.S. stereo pressing of the 1965 LP Having a Rave Up With the Yardbirds by the Yardbirds, on the orange Epic label.

Having a Rave Up With the Yardbirds was the last of the band’s original albums to remain in print in the u.S.  The short-lived orange label pressing was the final pressing of this album before it was deleted.

About this copy: This copy of Having a Rave Up With the Yardbirds is a 1972 electronically reprocessed stereo pressing on the orange Epic label.

The cover is VG , with ringwear on the back cover, but no splits, tears, cutout holes, or writing.

There is a sticker on the front cover that says, “ELECTRONICALLY RE-PROCESSED TO SIMULATE STEREO.”

The rare orange label LP is M-, with a number of spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a rare Yardbirds variation.  This is only the third copy we’ve ever seen and the first we’ve had for sale.

Background: Having a Rave Up With the Yardbirds was the second album by the Yardbirds to be released in the United States and it reached #52 on the U.S. album charts.  It also remained in print longer than any other album by the group, staying in print until 1972.

Side one of the album contains studio tracks with Jeff Beck on guitar.  Side two contains live tracks with Eric Clapton on guitar, though he isn’t pictured on the cover or credited in the liner notes.  The tracks on side two were taken from the band’s UK Five Live Yardbirds LP, which wasn’t released in the United States.

The album was originally released in mono and stereo, though the stereo pressings were partially in rechanneled (fake) stereo, making the mono pressings the more desirable version.  The mono version was deleted in early 1968, making it somewhat rarer than the stereo version, which stayed in print for a few more years.

Allmusic.com gave Having a Rave Up With the Yardbirds a 4 1/2 star review:

In its original U.S. vinyl release, this album, comprised of several singles and B-sides plus excerpts off of Five Live Yardbirds, was one of the best LPs of the entire British Invasion, ranking on a par with the greatest mid-’60s work of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones; it was also just a step away from being a best-of the Yardbirds as well. No collection has ever outdone the sheer compactness and high quality of Having a Rave Up.

You can listen to “You’re a Better Man Than I” here:


Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Epic
Catalog Number:
BN 26177
Year of Release: 1972
Format: Rechanneled stereo
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Weight 10 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in