Offered for sale is a still sealed original copy of the withdrawn 1976 Columbia Special Products pressing of the album Live Yardbirds Featuring Jimmy Page by the Yardbirds.
The Yardbirds are perhaps best remembered for who played with them – Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page all played guitar for the band at one time and for a brief time, Beck and Page were in the band together. In 1968, Page was the band’s lead guitarist, and Epic Records recorded a performance at the Anderson Theater in New York on March 30, 1968 for possible release as a live album.
The band wasn’t happy with the recording, and decided not to release it. In 1971, after Page had gone on to Led Zeppelin and that band had become successful, Epic dusted off the then three-year-old tapes and released the recording as Live Yardbirds Featuring Jimmy Page.
Page promptly threatened to sue, and the album was quickly withdrawn and became rather rare. In 1976, Epic’s parent label Columbia again released the album on their Columbia Special Products label, and again, Page threatened to sue, and the album was again withdrawn.
Both versions of the album have been counterfeited; the most common counterfeit is of the Epic pressing. That version has a black and white cover instead of a color one and a white label instead of the proper yellow. Those black and white counterfeit copies are often sold as “white label promotional” copies, though there were no official white label promotional issues of that album. All proper promotional copies had stock labels with a timing strip attached to the front cover.
Though Live Yardbirds Featuring Jimmy Page is rare, it’s also quite good, and AllMusic.com gave it 4 1/2 stars:
Arguably the most famous lost live album in history, Live Yardbirds Featuring Jimmy Page, cut at the Anderson Theater in New York on March 30, 1968, has been issued twice on vinyl legitimately (only to be suppressed by legal action) and innumerable times since as a bootleg. Page’s guitar (which goes out of tune several times) is the dominant instrument, alternately crunchy and lyrical, but always loud and dexterous; the roughness of Keith Relf’s singing is also more apparent, but his shortcomings don’t really hurt the music. The performance also reveals just how far out in front of the psychedelic pack the Yardbirds were by the spring of 1968; Page had pushed the envelope about as far as he could, in terms of high-velocity guitar pyrotechnics.
Live Yardbirds Featuring Jimmy Page is probably best known for the song “I’m Confused,” which was later reworked by Led Zeppelin and released as “Dazed and Confused” on that band’s first album.
About this copy: This copy is a still sealed original copy of the withdrawn 1976 pressing on the Columbia Special Products label. We acquired this copy from a former record company employee, and it’s absolutely genuine. As the album is sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed. The wrap is fully intact, though there are two very small (1/4″ or so) tears in the wrap at the lower corners. There are a couple of breathe holes in the shrink wrap, as one would expect to find on an original pressing. The cover has no cut corner, punch hole, saw mark, or any other indication of being a cutout.
A stunning copy of a rare and classic live album, and the first sealed pressing of this version of the album that we’ve had in nearly 30 years.
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