1914: THE YARDBIRDS ‘ LAST HURRAH IN THE BIG APPLE

Review from allmusic.com:

“It’s important to know the difference between bootlegging and pirating. Bootleggers put out live or studio recordings that have not been released commercially; pirates steal recordings that have been available commercially. On rare occasions, a bootlegger will detour into pirating if something has been out of print for a long time or is extremely difficult to find. TAKRL, one of the top bootleg labels of the 1970s, did some pirating with Last Hurrah in the Big Apple. This 1970s LP focuses on the Yardbirds’ March 30, 1968, show at New York’s Anderson Theater, which had resulted in Epic’s 1971 LP Live Yardbirds Featuring Jimmy Page. The Led Zeppelin guitarist hated the Epic release with a passion, and it was withdrawn after Page (who was especially upset over the fake “applause” that Epic made the mistake of adding) filed a lawsuit. But TAKRL felt that the Anderson Theater concert didn’t deserve to be unavailable, and so, the illegal LP Last Hurrah in the Big Apple was born. Some would argue that because Live Yardbirds Featuring Jimmy Page was withdrawn so quickly, Last Hurrah is really a bootleg instead of a pirate. But whether you call it a bootleg or a pirate, this LP isn’t a bad listen.

TAKRL, which obviously had access to a master recording of the show, didn’t include the canned crowd noises that Epic added, noises that Page angrily described as “bullfight roars.” While Last Hurrah isn’t the ideal document of the Yardbirds on stage, it’s a generally enjoyable record that offers hard-rocking performances of favorites like “Shapes of Things,” “Heart Full of Soul,” “Over Under Sideways Down,” and “The Train Kept A-Rollin’.” Page is featured on the raga-influenced instrumental “White Summer,” and the Yardbirds really let loose during an 11-minute performance of “I’m a Man.” Also interesting is an early version of “Dazed and Confused,” which ended up having a completely different set of lyrics by the time Zeppelin recorded it in 1969. It should be noted that Last Hurrah isn’t the only illicit album that focused on the Anderson Theater show, but if you wanted to hear the concert without the “bullfight roars” of Epic’s impossible-to-find Live Yardbirds Featuring Jimmy Page, it was certainly an attractive option in the 1970s.”

A1                   The Train Kept A-Rollin’          2:56

A2                   You’re A Better Man Thani       5:11

A3                   Heart Full Of Soul        1:31

A4                   Dazed And Confused   6:09

A5                   My Baby          2:40

B1                    Over Under Sideways Down    2:14

B2                    Drinking Muddy Water             2:46

B3                    Shapes Of Things         2:24

B4                    White Summer 4:02

B5                    I’m A Man        11:34

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4 comments
  1. Th:-)mas said:

    The review is utter rubbish! Either the reviewer was some deaf, dumb & blind “Tommy” -like bloke or he did’t listen to the reecord himself (or under some ..er, “influence”) – or it was written by a second hand record dealer trying to get rid of his last few rotting away copies of the album. UGH!

    Anyway, just I bought me this album (again) from Ebay, and with the interested assistance of 11-year old “Princie Daughtie”, I listened to it in parallel to the 2000 Mooreland Street CD version. And as everybody here may have already guessed, we both can hereby easily confirm that the bullfight cheers are EXACTLY at the same places throughout either album!

    One would wonder where Dr. Telly was supposed to find a virgin cheer-free recording for his album. It actually is of course simply a copy of the official 1971 Epic release. TAKRL though opted to leave off the first line of the opening announcement with the reference to Epic Records (for obvious reasons).

    Go for a copy of the Mooreland Records CD, that comes with a few originally edited out pieces spliced back in, two soundcheck tracks, and very in-the-know liner notes (plus the real nice orig. cover)

    BUT….
    I may add though that it was excatly THIS album that changed my life forever. When I was young (18) and had just become a Yardbirds fanatic in 1979/1980, it was just impossible to find the official “Live Yardbirds” album here in Europe, neither new or used (same went for the equally US-only “Little Games” album, of course).

    In early 1980, I went to an (in)famous second hand/import etc. record shop for the first time and told the owner about my desperation and if he had any idea where I could find the long-deleted official version of this album. He was so nice and pointed me to an extra room, well-hidden behind a curtain, and told me to try my luck in one of the wine boxes therein.

    And you may guess what comes next… BANG!!! I still remember to this day the thunder that stuck me when I found this album, and the the MONSTER OF A BLISS when read the track listing and suddenly recognized what a treasure I was holding in my hands. Boy! 🙂 And the price was very much OK, to boot (oops).

    From this very point on I knew my musical happiness would lie in the field of live (and, if necessary, illegal) recordings – something which has never and will most likely never change.

    Too, I ‘m still eternally grateful to the guys at TAKRL for releasing this album at a time when it *really* mattered.

    Hope you enjoyed my personal TAKRL story… 🙂

    Yardbirds ahoy!
    Th:-)mas

  2. Thank you so much, Th:)mas for this emotional review. I am just like you – I like what comes across in live recordings and I take them warts and all.

    • Th:-)mas said:

      You’re very much welcome, mate! Thanks in turn for your nice comment.
      Good to see there still are other live show manicas around, and some seem to gather here…
      Best,
      Th:-)mas

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