Roger the Engineer

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Roger the Engineer
Yardbirds-RogerTheEngineer.jpg
Studio album by the Yardbirds
Released
  • 15 July 1966 (1966-07-15) (UK)
  • 18 July 1966 (US)
Recorded April–June 1966
Studio Advision, London
Genre Psychedelic rock
Length 35:52
Label
Producer
The Yardbirds UK chronology
Five Live Yardbirds
(1964)
Roger the Engineer
(1966)
Remember
(1971)
The Yardbirds US chronology
Having a Rave Up
(1965)
Over Under Sideways Down
(1966)
The Yardbirds Greatest Hits
(1967)
American album cover
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German album cover
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Roger the Engineer (originally released in the UK as Yardbirds and in the US, Germany, France and Italy as Over Under Sideways Down) is an album by English rock band the Yardbirds. Recorded and released in 1966, it is the only Yardbirds album with guitarist Jeff Beck on all tracks and contains all original material.[1] It was produced by bassist Paul Samwell-Smith and manager Simon Napier-Bell.

Although the British edition is still officially titled Yardbirds by authoritative chart sources, such as Official Charts Company,[2] it has since been referred to, first colloquially, then semi-officially, as Roger the Engineer,[3] a title stemming from the cover drawing of the record's audio engineer Roger Cameron by band member Chris Dreja.[4]

It is the only Yardbirds album to appear in the UK Albums Chart, where it reached number 20.[2] In the US, it reached number 52 on the Billboard 200 album chart.[5] The album's best-known song, "Over Under Sideways Down", was released as single in May 1966, two months before the album.[5]

The album is included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[6] In 2012, the album was ranked number 350 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[7]

Recording[edit]

The single "Over Under Sideways Down", along with the B-side "Jeff's Boogie", was recorded at Advision Studios in London on 19–20 April 1966.[8] The rest of the album was recorded from 31 May to 4 June 1966, also at Advision.[8] Paul Samwell-Smith and Simon Napier-Bell produced the album, which was released by the Columbia Graphophone Company in the UK on 15 July 1966 and by Epic Records in the US on 18 July 1966.[5]

Legacy[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine in a retrospective AllMusic review considers the album to be "the Yardbirds' best individual studio album, offering some of their very best psychedelia", though not "among the great albums of its era".[1]

Rolling Stone ranked the album at number 349 in 2003 and at number 350 in 2012 on its list of the "500 greatest albums of all time".[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Chris Dreja, Jim McCarty, Jeff Beck, Keith Relf, and Paul Samwell-Smith (Dreja and McCarty's last names are misspelled as "Drega" and "McCarthy" on the labels of the US album). All songs are recorded in stereo, except where noted.

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Lost Woman"3:16
2."Over Under Sideways Down" (Rechanneled)2:24
3."The Nazz Are Blue"3:04
4."I Can't Make Your Way"2:26
5."Rack My Mind"3:15
6."Farewell"1:29
Side two
No.TitleLength
7."Hot House of Omagararshid"2:39
8."Jeff's Boogie" (Rechanneled)2:25
9."He's Always There"2:15
10."Turn into Earth"3:06
11."What Do You Want"3:22
12."Ever Since the World Began"2:09

US release[edit]

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Lost Woman"3:16
2."Over, Under, Sideways, Down"2:24
3."I Can't Make Your Way" (Mono version includes opening beat missing from stereo version)2:26
4."Farewell"1:29
5."Hot House of Omagararshid" (Beck's lead guitar differs noticeably between the two mixes)2:39
Side two
No.TitleLength
6."Jeff's Boogie"2:25
7."He's Always There" (Longer fadeout and extended vocals at the end of the mono version)2:15
8."Turn into Earth" (12-bar drum opening on mono version, 8-bar opening on stereo version)3:06
9."What Do You Want"3:22
10."Ever Since the World Began"2:09

Personnel[edit]

The Yardbirds
Cover art

Release history[edit]

The original American versions of this album (issued with a different album cover and titled Over Under Sideways Down after the hit song of the same name) omitted the songs "The Nazz Are Blue" (which was sung by Jeff Beck) and "Rack My Mind" and is mixed differently than the British editions. Regardless, record collectors have sought out both the mono (LN 24210) and stereo (BN 26210) versions since several tracks are featured with slight differences in the mixes (see US album listing above). Epic's 1983 reissue (simply titled The Yardbirds) featured the original UK album cover, the two missing tracks, duplication of the British mixing, and two additional tracks: the 1966 single "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" backed with "Psycho Daisies", both featuring Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.

Region Date Title Label Format Catalog
UK 06/1966 Yardbirds Columbia stereo LP SCX6063
UK 06/1966 Yardbirds Columbia mono LP SX6063
USA 08/1966 Over Under Sideways Down Epic stereo LP BN 26210
USA 08/1966 Over Under Sideways Down Epic mono LP LN 24210
FRG 1966 Over Under Sideways Down Epic stereo LP BN 26254
France 1966 Over Under Sideways Down Riviera LP 231196
Canada 1966 Over Under Sideways Down Capitol LP ST 6202
England 1983 Roger the Engineer Edsel LP ED 116
US 1983 Yardbirds Epic LP FE 38455
US 11/1997 Roger the Engineer Warner Archive CD WB 457342

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen. The Yardbirds: Roger the Engineer – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Yardbirds – Albums". Official Charts. Retrieved 30 October 2017. 
  3. ^ Gulla, Bob (2008). Guitar Gods: The 25 Players Who Made Rock History. ABC-CLIO. p. 24. ISBN 978-0313358067. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Jones, Chris (17 April 2007). "The Yardbirds Roger The Engineer Review". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Koda, Cub; Russo, Gregg (2001). Ultimate! (Boxed set booklet). The Yardbirds. Los Angeles: Rhino Records. pp. 46, 51. OCLC 781357622. R2 79825. 
  6. ^ Dimery, Robert (2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Universe Publishing. ISBN 978-0789320742. 
  7. ^ a b "500 Greatest Albums of All Time: The Yardbirds, 'Roger the Engineer'". Rolling Stone. 
  8. ^ a b Russo, Greg (2016). Yardbirds: The Ultimate Rave-Up. Floral Park, New York: Crossfire Publications. p. 210. ISBN 978-0-9791845-7-4. 

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