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] The album was the first Yardbirds release in over 35 years; however, the only original 1960s era Yardbirds members are drummer Jim McCarty and rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja (former guitarist Jeff Beck does make a guest appearance on "My Blind Life"). New members are John Idan, Gypie Mayo and Alan Glen. Several notable guitarists appear throughout the record, including Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Slash, Johnny Rzeznik, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, and Brian May.

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