Monday, July 9, 2012

Sick At Heart and Lonely

As soon as For Your Love left the charts, the followup single was released in June of 1965.   Their second single in a row written by Graham Gouldman, Heart Full Of Soul gave Jeff Beck his first chance to be heard on a Yardbirds 45rpm.  And what an introduction it is!   Originally the lead guitar line was intended to be played on the sitar, but was replaced by the guitar due to its increased volume.  The guitar sound was processed by a fuzz box to give it that sitar-like sound.  During the chorus an acoustic twelve string guitar plays a vigorous rhythmic figure similar to what the Moody Blues would use several years later in Question.  Keith Relf delivers his best vocal to date, sounding somewhat like Eric Burdon.  This great recording sets the pattern for what is to follow - guitar-driven minor key A-sides with Mr. Beck showcasing his unique playing style.  This single peaked at #3 in the UK and #9 in the USA.

1 comment:

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Probably one of my top 25 rock songs of all time and yet now thanks to you yet totally new yet again.

So right about Question Yowza.

Seriously, what a great insight.

Likewise noting the pathos of the haunting echo-y Eric Burden high-school-gym dance sound (and i mean that as a compliment) that many of us lucky ones heard and loved in the freaking DAY! The minor key shall be heard!