For Your Love is the first American album by English rock band the Yardbirds. Released in June 1965,[a] it is a mix of US-only tracks and previously released singles compiled by Yardbirds' producer, Giorgio Gomelsky. The album, which was released as the Yardbirds were preparing for their first American tour, reached number 96 in Billboard'sTop LPs chart. The album was unissued in the UK; similarly, the Yardbirds' debut British album, Five Live Yardbirds, was not released in the US.
For Your Love features three songs from Jeff Beck's first recording sessions with the Yardbirds: "I'm Not Talking", "I Ain't Done Wrong", and "My Girl Sloopy" (these songs were later released in the UK on the Five Yardbirds EP).Eric Clapton provided the guitar for the remainder of the tracks, which included the three Yardbirds singles (with B-sides) released up to that time and two demos which were not released in the UK until the 1980s (see discography for singles information). Clapton, who had left the band four months earlier, is not pictured on the album cover nor mentioned in the liner notes.
The album reached number 96 in Billboard's Top LPs chart. It was the Yardbirds' first charting album; their British debut, Five Live Yardbirds, did not reach the UK Albums Chart and was not issued in the US.
In a retrospective review, AllMusic writer Bruce Eder gave the album three out of five stars. He noted "For Your Love wasn't a 'real' album ... Rather, it was the response of their American label, Epic, to the band's achieving a number six single with the title track, with manager Giorgio Gomelsky selecting the cuts."
The Yardbirds' 2001 compilation album Ultimate! contains eight of the eleven tracks from the original album.For Your Love has been reissued by several record labels, including JVC, Castle, and Repertoire. In addition to the eleven tracks from the original album, the Repertoire reissue includes 13 non-album single and demo tracks.
^In his 2007 autobiography, Eric Clapton writes "'Got to Hurry' which was based on a tune hummed by Giorgio [Gomelsky], who gave himself the writing credit under the pseudonym O. Rasputin." Clapton biographer Marc Roberty calls it "the first song Clapton ever wrote, although credited to Gomelsky".Cub Koda and Gregg Russo describe it as "cobbled together out of a group jam".
^H.G. Demarais (or Dee Marais), a Shreveport, Louisiana record label owner/distributor, was credited on the original LP. Roberty lists the songwriters as Don Level and Bob Love, who first recorded the song in 1961 as the R&B duo Don and Bob. Some reissues list Sonny Boy Williamson, who recorded a different "Good Morning, School Girl" in 1937.
^On "Sweet Music", it is not clear if Clapton plays guitar.