Five Live Yardbirds

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Five Live Yardbirds
Live album by The Yardbirds
Released December 4, 1964 (1964-12-04)[1]
Recorded March 13, 1964 at Marquee Club, London
Genre Blues rock, rhythm and blues
Length 42:11
Label Columbia SX1677
Producer Giorgio Gomelsky
The Yardbirds chronology
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Five Live Yardbirds is the live debut album by English blues rock band The Yardbirds, released in the United Kingdom in December 1964[2] (see 1964 in music) by Columbia Records. The album has been re-released and remastered by numerous record companies.


In October 1963, the Yardbirds took over The Rolling Stones position at the Crawdaddy Club and had signed a management contract with Crawdaddy owner Giorgio Gomelsky. After going on tour with Sonny Boy Williamson the band got a contract with Columbia Records and released the singles "I Wish You Would" and "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl".[3]

Rave Up[edit]

Many of the songs on the album including "I'm a Man" and "Here Tis" feature a "rave up", an instrumental interlude which starts low and builds to a climax. "I'm a Man" was later recorded with Jeff Beck on lead guitar. Guitarist Eric Clapton credits the rave up to bassist Paul Samwell-Smith.[3][4] The use of the "rave up" is evident in the fact that the songs "Smokestack Lighting", "Respectable", "I'm a Man", and "Here 'Tis" appear on the US release Having a Rave Up".

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Too Much Monkey Business" (Chuck Berry) – 3:51
  2. "Got Love If You Want It" (Slim Harpo) – 2:40
  3. "Smokestack Lightning" (Howlin' Wolf) – 5:35
  4. "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" (H. G. Demarais) – 2:42
  5. "Respectable" (O'Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley) – 5:35

Side two[edit]

  1. "Five Long Years" (Eddie Boyd) – 5:18
  2. "Pretty Girl" (Ellas McDaniel) – 3:04
  3. "Louise" (John Lee Hooker) – 3:43
  4. "I'm a Man" (McDaniel) – 4:33
  5. "Here 'Tis" (McDaniel) – 5:10

2003 bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "You Can't Judge a Book by Looking at the Cover" (Willie Dixon) – 2:56
  2. "Let It Rock" (Berry) – 2:16
  3. "I Wish You Would" (Billy Boy Arnold) – 5:53
  4. "Who Do You Love?" (McDaniel) – 4:07
  5. "Honey in Your Hips" (Keith Relf) – 2:27
  6. "A Certain Girl" (Naomi Neville) – 2:17
  7. "Got to Hurry" (O. Rasputin) – 2:47
  8. "Boom Boom" (Hooker) – 2:24
  9. "I Ain't Got You" (Calvin Carter) – 1:59
  10. "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" (Studio Version) – 2:44

Tracks 1 to 10 recorded at the Marquee Club, in London, England on 13 March 1964.

Tracks 11 to 15 recorded at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, Surrey, England on 8 December 1963.

Tracks 16, 19-20 released in 1964 as singles.

Tracks 17-18 released in 1965 as singles.


  • Giorgio Gomelsky – producer, liner notes
  • Phillip Wood – engineer, sound effects engineer
  • Bill Inglot – digital remastering
  • Richard Rosser – photography

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom December 4, 1964 Columbia Records LP SX1677
United States 1988 Rhino Entertainment Compact Disc R2-70189
United States 1999 Repertoire Records CD RR-4775


  1. ^ "Five Live Yardbirds by Yardbirds (Album, Blues Rock): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  2. ^ Bruce Eder. "Five Live Yardbirds - The Yardbirds | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  3. ^ a b Clapton, Eric. Clapton: The Autobiography. Broadway Books. pp. 47–48. 
  4. ^ Matthew Greenwald. "Here 'Tis - The Yardbirds | Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  5. ^ a b c Five Live Yardbirds Charly Records release Track 4