Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Smiling, Beguiling

So on to the last of the three Graham Gouldman written singles released by the Yardbirds.   In October of 1965, Evil Hearted You was released in the UK and rose up to #3 in the charts.  The opening guitar chords just blow me away every time I hear this.  I like to think of it as the sound of Thor's hammer slamming into solid rock.  The little drum para-diddle that kicks off a brief second before the first chord is just awesome.   Listen for the amazing downward spiral guitar work at 1:06.   Then in the center, Mr. Beck lets fly with a slide guitar solo that mimics the main verse melody.

In the US a different A-side was released.  Stay tuned tomorrow.

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