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.