October 11, 2013 – 5:17 am

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Fillmore West 1968 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA; May 1968 (either May 23, 24 or 25 - the nights they played at Fillmore West. Some list this as May 25). Fair to good audience recording.

The sound isn’t great and this is really for the collector and completist.

Thanks to Phil for sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

A comment at Bootlegzone:

Audience recording of The Yardbirds’ show at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, on 25 May 1968 - the date could be the 23rd or 24th, as there has been some uncertainty about it, and they played those dates there as well. The recording is average, boomy, loud & distorted, but given its age, it’s better than one might hope to expect. It’s a powerful show which points the way towards Jimmy Page’s work with Led Zeppelin, with renditions of “Dazed and confused” and “How many more Years” [aka Times].

This show has also been shared and re-seeded at Dime. Notes from asylum11 at Dime:

There is tape mangle evident in one spot which leads to a brief drop-out.

The taper also shut the recorder off at end of songs and resuming recording just as next song begins causing some intros to be missed. As a result, there is no in-between song remarks and applause. The taper was no doubt making a copy for himself, not realizing what an historical artifact this would become.

Another issue: Shapes Of things starts up, stops and then re-starts from the beginning again; its not the same intro repeated, however. A guess is that the band stopped the song for some reason (broken string? Who knows) and the taper stopped the recorder and resumed recording when the band started back up.

Only marginally better than the LA, Shrine shows from the same month (May 31 & June 1), this show is mostly important to rabid Yardbirds & Zeppelin fans.

I’m guessing a cheap mic was used; Dreja’s bass is distorted & thuddy throughout. The sound is best on the quieter passages (the extended psychedelic jams into which many of the songs evolve…)

This recording only recently came to light amongst Yardbird fans and has been provided by Avalonrick who wanted it to be seeded so that others could enjoy it.

If you only want excellent to very good sounding live recordings, then give this one a miss.

This is much more important than as a historical relic. The band’s performance is awesome. Chris Dreja’s bass playing is like lightning (pity about its distortion, tho). McCarty’s drums are clear in the mix thankfully. Jimmy Page runs the gamut of effects later utilized in Zep: The beautiful acoustic number “White Summer”; the bowed guitar on the extended psych jam that evolves out of I’m A Man (a 12-minute extravaganza); the interplay between Page and Relf (as he plays finger cymbals) on the LSD drenched “Mister You’re A Better Man Than I” (over 6 minutes long).

And how about that medley of Howling Wolf’s “How Many More Years” seguing into the Velvet Underground’s “Waiting For the Man”. Whew.

Dazed & Confused is an amazing version (over 9 minutes) with Dreja & McCarty driving the song to its climax.

The Little Games studio album didn’t show the power that this Yardbirds lineup had; all we have is this show, the two Shrine shows (which, btw, had poor sound because the taper hid the recorder & mic under his pregnant girlfiend’s dress; according to Russo’s book). There are also two other shows of this era that circulate (with poorer sound than these, I’m told) but I haven’t heard them.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Train Kept A Rollin’ (slight cut off) (4.8MB)
Track 02. Mister Your A Better Man Than I (10.9MB)
Track 03. Heart Full Of Soul (brief tape mangle near beginning) (3.0MB)
04. Dazed And Confused - Omitted (officially released)
Track 05. Shapes Of Things (5.6MB)
Track 06. White Summer (11.2MB)
Track 07. I’m A Man (slight cut in) (20.2MB)
Track 08. Medley: How Many More Years/Waiting For My Man (slight cut in) (20.7MB)
Track 09. Drinking Muddy Water (slight cut in and cut out) (4.8MB)

Keith Relf - vocals, finger cymbals
Jimmy Page - guitar
Chris Dreja - bass
Jim McCarty - drums

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  2. thank you very much phil and bigo !
    long live the Yardbirds!
    I noticed a Canadian version of their For Your Love lp sold on Ebay last week for $438.00

    By sluggo on Oct 11, 2013

  3. Didn`t Bill Graham have every show recorded for his own use ?

    By sluggo on Oct 11, 2013

  4. i wonder if theres anyone with a complete list of all known live recordings official and unofficial both in and out of print of the yardbirds. they sure did a lot of performances and there just doesnt seem to be a lot of them having survived. as best as i can tell i cant seem to find more than 20-25 recordings in all and theres some overlap. the vast majority are from the beck era it seems but perhaps thats because his time with them was the longest of the 3 guitarists. the highest quality recordings i have found seem to be the later ones but then most of those are official. the majority of the bbc ones are 64-66 so those are with eric and then jeff.
    with so many sets released in the last few years theres almost no need for unreleased material when it sounds so bad. that is except when the material is so incredible and different as it is here above. nothing they released is like it is on this show. usually the material they release is much shorter bits and pieces.
    sure the bbc performances are wonderful when they get released by various bands from the 60s but when a band like cream at the beeb gets released and its all 3-5 min songs its a waste of time. the beatles it makes sense. the kinks it makes sense. but with bands that are known for long mind expanding jams.. wtf?

    By darth on Oct 11, 2013

  5. extended jams by rock bands are boring self-indulgent crap to me. theres nothing worse than some stoned hippie plunking away for 10 minutes to equally stoned hippies who would stone the player if they werent stoned. everyone knows that the drum solo is the bathroom break. the live version of “crossroads” on creams wheels of fire lp is 4:14 long and is absolute perfection. great players know when to stop. its no sin to be concise. steve cropper expanded my mind with four notes on “soul man”.

    not one of the 37 songs on the jimi hendrix experience bbc sessions lp reaches the 6:00 minute mark, they must be a waste of time too.

    By barth on Oct 11, 2013

  6. “sound” as it may be, but any minute great listening…
    Must be the Yardbirds, I guess.
    Thank you!

    Sluggo: No Yardbirds here

    By Kint on Oct 11, 2013

  7. the version of Dazed & Confused is extremely interesting, as it is kind of like a scaffolding without all the dynamics that made the finished song. Like watching Picasso in the midst of one of his paintings, before the figures, grunts, and howls have been place.

    By Damon on Oct 11, 2013

  8. the vast majority are from the beck era it seems but perhaps thats because his time with them was the longest of the 3 guitarists

    the majority of unofficial live recordings feature jimmy page.

    By sluggo on Oct 11, 2013

  9. heres a youtube link to give you an idea of a decent sounding live yardbirds show from sweden `67. There are some very good sounding shows when you consider they were audience recordings mainly, from almost 50 years ago.

    By sluggo on Oct 11, 2013

  10. Small note for my fellow compulsives: as noted in asylum11’s comments, the title of the VU song is “Waiting for the Man.”

    By drkrick on Oct 11, 2013

  11. of course it includes perfs from the 80s 90s and since.. but sugarmegs has 34 items listed for yardbirds. 9 of them are from the 60s. in march 88 paul samwell smith was walking past a flea mkt i was a dealer at and decided to buy a tape i was offering of the 83 reunion at the marquee club in london. he was sooo happy that someone had recorded it and that he finally found a copy. he said he had been looking for it for nearly 5 years and was thrilled that i happened to have it. if only i had a camera with me that day. sigh. the flea mkt was at the little red school house on bleeker st and 6th ave in the village in nyc. i know i got him to sign something but i dont remember what. a year and a half later i got married on the 21st anniv of creams last concert. i had met my eventual wife thanks to our mutual love of clapton. our last concert together was in fact a clapton show at the garden in late 95. she was thrilled to meet paul samwell smith that day at the flea mkt altho he wasnt the only ‘celeb’ that happened by or bought something from me.
    its a pity with all the reunions there hasnt been any with any of the famous guitarists that we have all come to know and love.

    in the first episode of the simpsons from a season a couple of years ago the yardbirds appeared. the material used in that episode was recorded at bb kings in nyc. that performance was later released as a full live dble cd i believe. im sure footage of that show is on youtube for fans who might wanna look that up. i would think typing in yardbirds simpsons would work.

    By darth on Oct 12, 2013

  12. “i would think typing in yardbirds simpsons would work.”

    Then why don’t you do it and give us the link? Thank you!

    By Dingus on Oct 12, 2013

  13. because if u can stalk me on youtube im sure a dingus like u could surely find a yardbirds simpsons clip.

    By darth on Oct 12, 2013

  14. oh.. and youre welcome!!

    By darth on Oct 12, 2013

  15. Actually, no one could find it because it doesn’t exist. I’m a major Simpsons fan, and I already know that the Yardbirds song was playing in the background, they didn’t make an appearance, as you claimed. If i remember correctly, it was an episode with Stephen Colbert, but I wouldn’t swear to it.

    So It looks like you’re…. wrong again, darth. My pleasure!

    By Dingus on Oct 12, 2013

  16. I’m sure Phil is extremely knowledgeable but this show has been around for well over a decade in tape form then on boot. The really rare show is the Santa Monica 7/22/67. That’s been around for years too. It is worse in the quality department; but who cares. Whoever that is that doesn’t like long jams, nobody asked you to listen. Fairly complete list of Yardbirds live is on my list at Of more interest are the few seemingly “new” live tracks on last years Glimpses Box. I never got a booklet so unsure if more data is included there. The best part of the Yardbirds first BB Kings show was the Giorgio Gomelsky introduction. It was a helluva show. Will trade for similar on my Want list.

    By Rich on Oct 12, 2013

  17. I remember that episode darth-thanks for the info I had forgotten about it!

    By ronnie wood on Oct 12, 2013

  18. Rich your link doesn`t work.
    I have the glimpses box set and booklet, what info do you need?

    By sluggo on Oct 12, 2013

  19. site is there for about 6 months now.
    I just want to know if there is track detail in the Glimpses booklet giving date/a on the tracks. I only have a track list with minimal info like “Live U.S. Broadcast” for several tracks that doesn’t match up with previously known stuff. Love to see a scan or have a copy of the booklet. Will trade for, or buy it.

    By Rich on Oct 12, 2013

  20. BTW when I click on my name here it links me to my site. Not sure why you can’t do same

    By Rich on Oct 12, 2013

  21. no problem rich, clicking on your name works it was the link that didn`t.
    I`ll contact you through your site and do the scans for you.

    By sluggo on Oct 12, 2013

  22. Thanks much, and if there is any way I can ever reciprocate; don’t hesitate to ask. been dyin to see what’s in there.

    By Rich on Oct 12, 2013

  23. Called up Wolfgang’s Vault about technical problem with their site and got into a discussion with the tech about what was recorded. His words to me “Basically, they’ve presented everything that was recorded. There will be no more new Fillmore material.” Graham did not record everything unfortunately. There are many groups (Buffalo Springfield, Howlin’ Wolf, Jeff Beck Group, Byrds, etc.) tht played there a number of times but weren’t recorded.

    By Just Bill on Oct 12, 2013

  24. thanks for that info just bill..damn , imagine some of the tapes we could of had..

    By sluggo on Oct 12, 2013

  25. btw.. i dont know if anyone caught it but on thurs nite brian wilson & jeff beck (w al jardine) - our prayer & danny boy (jimmy fallon ny 10-10-13) nearly 4.5 mins with intro and outro. its mostly beck here. the above is how i have it listed in my collection. i made an mp3 of it of course.

    course tonite is that steve earle on arsenio. that knopfler on leno is on the 24th. elton on kelly on the 16th. and everyones favorite (haha) joan jett on leno on the 22nd.

    By darth on Oct 12, 2013

  26. the reason the link rich posted and the subsequent links ppl copied of his.. didnt work is because theres a dot after the com at the end of the address. u cant put a dot there. there is never a dot at the end of a url address. it has to be -
    this link will now work.

    By darth on Oct 12, 2013

  27. Of course the Yardbirds also performed live at the 1966 New Musical Express (NME) concert. They did Train Kept A Rollin and Shapes of Things. The recordings are not too bad. They were both from YouTube, but now it appears that the 1966 NME Shapes of Things is missing from YouTube, unless it just will not index to it. But Train Kept A Rollin from NME can be easily found. (I haven’t tried the link to the archives at sleepy hollow yet, since I have these 2 already).

    By 5yrsnojob on Oct 12, 2013

  28. The link shows both of those NME 5/1/66 recordings as being on VHS/DVD.

    By 5yrsnojob on Oct 12, 2013

  29. BTW, Jan Kuehnemund, lead guitarist for All-Girl Metal Band Vixen, Dies at 51 due to cancer.

    By 5yrsnojob on Oct 12, 2013

  30. interesting article on why beck doesnt see a reunion with rod happening any time soon -

    By darth on Oct 16, 2013

  31. For what its worth I have a version of this show dated the 24th. Also at this time I believe the Fillmore West was still known as the Fillmore Auditorium. I think the name change came in July of 1968. Going through my collection, I count 22 shows, 1 with Clapton, 10 with Beck, 10 with Page, and 1 with Gypie Mayo from 1997.

    By micummings on Oct 16, 2013

  32. only posting this here because beck was a yardbird… lol.

    By darth on Oct 17, 2013

  33. Guys in the know - can you suggest the best Yardbirds with Page show out there. appreciated.

    By amp on Oct 21, 2013

  34. amp there are a few shows that sound better than others..the Live Yardbirds with Page [legit record withdrawn] can be found as a boot and of course some of the tv shows audio sound very good as well. The Cumular Limit disc,[legit release] while tough to find and expensive has some excellent audio/video and there is also a Stockholm show that sounds good. The recent 5 disc set,Glimpses, that purports to contain almost every rare track available is a great addition to your collection.
    Just dig around you aren`t ever going to find these at walmart .

    By sluggo on Oct 21, 2013

  35. amp there are a few shows that sound better than others..the Live Yardbirds with Page [legit record withdrawn] can be found as a boot

    amp , I should`ve said that this can be found as a pirate, not a boot..

    By sluggo on Oct 21, 2013

  36. amp, shows 6 available CD’s the used run from $34.99 to $65.00. There is only one new one (still sealed) at $67.95. These are the CD’s with 2 bonus tracks, which were previously unreleased sound checks. And I think it listed one vinyl.

    By 5yrsnojob on Oct 21, 2013


    By darth on Oct 24, 2013

  38. Check youtube for a Fillmore 1967 version of the Little Games album track, Glimpses, complete with pre-recorded sound FX on a tape being mixed into the performance live by Keith Relf.

    By Keith on Nov 17, 2013

  39. Keith the link you gave us is taken from the Glimpses box set i believe.
    here is also a reworked remixed version of glimpses from outtakes.

    By sluggo on Nov 17, 2013

  40. a rush to judgement from me, this youtube live version of glimpses is NOT the version on disc four from the Glimpses box set.

    By sluggo on Nov 17, 2013

  41. this might be of interest to Yardbirds/Renaissance fans over on sugarmegs now.
    John Mayall feat. Keith Relf & Jim McCarty

    Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki, Finland (early show)

    01. Introductions
    02. The Laws Must Change
    03. ?
    04. ?
    05. ?

    TRT: 31.00 min

    John Mayall - vocals, harmonica, guitar, piano
    Steve Thompson - bass
    Keith Relf - guitar
    Jim McCarty - drums

    Late May 1969, John Mayall found himself in-between bands so he asked Ralf and McCarty from his warm-up band Renaissance to join in for a jam. There were two shows this evening, I believe this is the early one.

    By sluggo on Jan 21, 2014

  42. Very cool sluggo I will check that one out. And also I hope all is well with you, we hooked in the past at the Jeff Beck Appreciation Society and traded some stuff. Joe B. from NJ

    By JB on Jan 21, 2014

  43. Interesting that at exactly this same time Jeff Beck was doing this

    By JB on Jan 21, 2014

  44. nice add there JB !

    By sluggo on Jan 21, 2014


    By Paigebeck2013 on May 8, 2014

  46. Hello Paigebeck2013

    Thanks for the feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on May 10, 2014

  47. two of the photos on that cover are from my archives. My brother and a friend took pix the night we saw them. They played two sets that night. They were very good.

    By ron sanchez on Jan 26, 2015

  48. micummings wrote:
    >>>>>” Also at this time I believe the Fillmore West was still known as the Fillmore Auditorium. I think the name change came in July of 1968.”

    to get it technically correct this is the Carousel Ballroom at the corner of Market street & south Van Ness Ave…5 weeks later on July 5, 1968 it would become the Fillmore West…same venue just the name change when uncle Bobo took over the operations…

    it is not the Fillmore Auditorium which was located at Fillmore & Geary blvd…

    notice the upcoming workingmans billboard for August of 1970…not ‘69 as listed here in link…

    By Jerry's Finger on Jan 26, 2015

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