One of the most important figures in modern British jazz comes to Singsong Music this month via three critically-acclaimed releases bearing his name and imprimateur.
Recorded live on tour in the United States between 2010 and 2011, ‘Making Tracks’ features 19 songs including The Yardbirds’ hits “For Your Love”, “Five Long Years” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor” together with later numbers. Original members Jim McCarty (drums) and Chris Dreja (rhythm guitar) are in fine form along with lead guitarist Ben King, vocalist Andy Mitchell and bassist Dave Smale.
TREASURES FROM BEHIND A LOCKED DOOR… Kevin Ayers archivist, Martin Wakeling and album compiler Marvin Siau reflect on the personalities participating on Singsong Music’s re-release of “The Happening Combo”.
“… the album radiates contented, heavy-lidded decadence baked into inertia under the Majorcan sun and implicitly underwritten by empty wine bottles rolling down the drive.” Record Collector ****
One of THE groups that can lay real claim to be dug deep into the foundations of popular music is The Yardbirds. Singsong Music is releasing live material by the band next month.