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.
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