Birdland (The Yardbirds album)

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Released22 April 2003 (2003-04-22)
LabelFavored Nations
ProducerKen Allardyce
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Birdland is a studio album by English blues rock band the Yardbirds, released in 2003.[1] Their first studio album in over 35 years, the only band members from the 1960s group who appear are drummer Jim McCarty and rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja (former lead guitarist Jeff Beck does have a cameo on "My Blind Life"). Newer members are lead singer and bassist John Idan, lead guitarist Gypie Mayo and harmonica player Alan Glen. Notable lead guitarists make cameos throughout the album, including Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Slash and Brian May.

The album contains seven new originals (composed mostly by McCarty or Dreja), and eight remakes of classic songs from the 1960s. The song "An Original Man (A Song for Keith)" was dedicated to Keith Relf, original Yardbirds singer who died in 1976.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I'm Not Talking" (Mose Allison) – 2:44
  2. "Crying Out for Love" (Jim McCarty) – 4:36(*)
  3. "The Nazz Are Blue" (Chris Dreja, Jeff Beck, Jim McCarty, Keith Relf, Paul Samwell-Smith) – 3:15
  4. "For Your Love" (Graham Gouldman) – 3:20
  5. "Please Don't Tell Me 'Bout the News" (Jim McCarty) – 4:00(*)
  6. "Train Kept A-Rollin'" (Howie Kay, Lois Mann, Tiny Bradshaw) – 3:38
  7. "Mr. Saboteur" (Jim McCarty) – 4:55(*)
  8. "Shapes of Things" (Jim McCarty, Keith Relf, Paul Samwell-Smith) – 2:38
  9. "My Blind Life" (Chris Dreja) – 3:33(*)
  10. "Over Under Sideways Down" (Chris Dreja, Jeff Beck, Jim McCarty, Keith Relf, Paul Samwell-Smith) – 3:16
  11. "Mr. You're a Better Man Than I" (Brian Hugg, Mike Hugg) – 3:22
  12. "Mystery of Being" (Jim McCarty) – 4:08(*)
  13. "Dream Within a Dream" (Jim McCarty/ Edgar Allan Poe) – 4:44(*)
  14. "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" (Jeff Beck, Jim McCarty, Jimmy Page, Keith Relf) – 3:22
  15. "An Original Man (A Song for Keith)" (Chris Dreja, Gypie Mayo, Jim McCarty, John Idan) – 5:20(*)

(*) denotes a new song


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  1. ^ "Birdland - The Yardbirds | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 January 2017.