Yardbirds – Yardbirds (Roger the Engineer) Japan promo LP with obi


A 1977 Japanese white label promotional copy of The Yardbirds by the Yardbirds, complete with original obi.

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Offered for sale is a Japanese white label promotional copy of The Yardbirds by the Yardbirds, complete with original obi.

This LP is also known as Roger the Engineer.

About this copy: This copy of The Yardbirds is a 1977 Japanese white label promo copy of an album that was originally released in 1977.

The cover is VG+, with a bit of general wear and some wear at the corners and edges.

The obi is VG+, with a bit of foxing, and a small piece missing to the right of the “ear” at the top.

The insert is M-.

The white label promo disc is M- and looks unplayed.

A beautiful copy of one of our favorite LPs.

Background: Originally released in 1966, The Yardbirds was the first album by the band that was specifically recorded as an album.

The LP is popularly known as Roger the Engineer, after the drawing by drummer Jim McCarty on the cover.

In the U.S., the album was released as Over, Under, Sideways, Down with a different cover and with two tracks (“Rack My Mind” and “The Nazz Are Blue”) removed.

Allmusic.com gave The Yardbirds a 4 1/2 star review:

Once Jeff Beck joined the Yardbirds, the group began to explore uncharted territory, expanding their blues-rock into wild sonic permutations of psychedelia, Indian music, and avant-garde white noise. Each subsequent single displayed a new direction, one that expanded on the ideas of the previous single, so it would seem that Roger the Engineer — Beck’s first full album with the group and the band’s first album of all-original material — would have offered them the opportunity to fully explore their adventurous inclinations. Despite a handful of brilliant moments, Roger the Engineer falls short of expectations, partially because the band is reluctant to leave their blues roots behind and partially because they simply can’t write a consistent set of songs. … Nevertheless, it is the Yardbirds’ best individual studio album, offering some of their very best psychedelia, even if it doesn’t rank among the great albums of its era.

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: EMI
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1977
Format: Stereo
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Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in