There was a time when the name Eric Clapton meant one thing and one thing only: guitar god. His incendiary six-string exploits with the Yardbirds, followed by a pair of mind-blowing 1966 albums—Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton and Fresh Cream—briefly put the passionate young Clapton atop the U.K.’s, if not the world’s, guitar hierarchy.
Fifty years ago today—March 13, 1965—guitarist Eric Clapton quit the Yardbirds. It's one of the best things that ever happened—period. Clapton, a self-declared blues purist, thought the band—which included vocalist Keith Relf, guitarist Chris Dreja, bassist Paul Samwell-Smith and drummer Jim McCarty—was getting too commercial.
When a big-name guitarist is invited to play on a recording session, he or she is expected to make a noticeable impact on the song or album being recorded. Bearing that in mind, Jeff Beck — as a session guitarist — has rarely disappointed. Here are his top 10 guest-session appearances.
He is held in the highest regard by Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, was close friends with Jimi Hendrix, and his mid-Sixties recordings with the Yardbirds invented the sound for heavy metal guitar. But what Guitar World readers really want to know is ...
Musicians can still be a little fuzzy when it comes to describing the sound of a fuzz box. Some guitarists will tell you it sounds like a 2,000-pound bee trapped in a sturdy metal box — perhaps with a potentiometer installed somewhere behind the wings. And while many early fuzz guitar tunes and tones did indeed make the most of the original fuzz buzz, fuzz actually has many facets, many sides, many fuzz faces, if you will.
The origin of heavy metal is a very fuzzy thing, but most historians and fans alike can agree that Black Sabbath’s eponymous 1970 debut was the first true heavy metal album. Its thunderous drums, sinister riffs and downright evil lyrics left little to be debated, but what we wanted to know was this: What was the heaviest song before Black Sabbath?
Before he wielded the hammer of the gods — and a Les Paul — as a member of mighty Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page was a Telecaster-wielding Yardbird. Today we turn our attention to Page's best guitar work with his former band. Fortunately, we don't have very far to look, since Page recorded only one album with the band — 1967's Little Games.
For this week's flashback video, we head to Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1984. That's where — and when — Jeff Beck joined Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble on stage to play an impressive mini-set that included "Jeff's Boogie," a 1966 instrumental from the Yardbirds' Roger the Engineer album.
Gypie Mayo, best known as the guitarist for Dr. Feelgood in the late '70s, died this morning. He was 62. Mayo replaced Wilko Johnson in Dr. Feelgood in 1977 and remained with the band until 1981. His guitar work — and several of his compositions — can be heard on six Dr. Feelgood albums, including Be Seeing You (1977) and Private Practice (1978).