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Having a Rave Up is the second studio album and third live album by The Yardbirds, released in 1965.

This album — like For Your Love before it — was released only in America. The second half of the album consists of live tracks taken from Five Live Yardbirds, which of course features Eric Clapton. The first half of the album was recorded in the studio and features Jeff Beck. The songs on the first half constitute many of their biggest hit singles and Signature Songs. It was listed at no. #355 in Rolling Stone's Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

The album is alternatively known as Having a Rave Up with the Yardbirds.



Side One

  1. "You're a Better Man Than I" (3:17)
  2. "Evil Hearted You" (2:24)
  3. "I'm a Man" (2:37)
  4. "Still I'm Sad" (2:57)
  5. "Heart Full of Soul" (2:28)
  6. "The Train Kept A-Rollin'" (3:26)

Side Two

  1. "Smokestack Lightning (Live)" (5:35)
  2. "Respectable (Live)" (5:28)
  3. "I'm a Man (Live)" (4:24)
  4. "Here 'Tis (Live)" (5:04)

Bonus Tracks (Repertoire Reissue):

  1. "Shapes of Things" (2:26)
  2. "New York City Blues" (4:19)
  3. "Jeff's Blues" (3:04)
  4. "Someone to Love (Demo, Part 1)" (2:24)
  5. "Someone to Love (Demo, Part 2)" (4:18)
  6. "Like Jimmy Reed Again" (3:04)
  7. "Chris' Number" (2:23)
  8. "What Do You Want (Demo)" (3:11)
  9. "Here 'Tis (Demo)" (3:49)
  10. "Here 'Tis (Ready Steady Go! Version)" (4:06)
  11. "Stroll On" (2:44)


Principal Members:

  • Jeff Beck - guitar
  • Eric Clapton - guitar
  • Chris Dreja - guitar, bass
  • Jim McCarty - drums, vocals
  • Jimmy Page - guitar note 
  • Keith Relf - lead vocals, harmonica, guitar, percussion
  • Paul Samwell-Smith - bass, vocals

Heart Full of Tropes:

  • Cover Album: Much like For Your Love, every song (bar one) are either covers or songs written by outsider songwriters. The sole exception is "Still I'm Sad", written by Paul Samwell-Smith and Jim McCarty.
  • Face on the Cover: The band is seen on the cover, performing.
  • Genre Roulette: You've got your Blues Rock (Predominately on Side Two), your proto-Psychedelia and Hard Rock (The Jeff Beck tracks), and Georgian chants ("Still I'm Sad")...
  • Live Album: The final four tracks are all live, taken from Five Live Yardbirds.
  • Non-Appearing Title: The album title doesn't appear in any of the lyrics.
  • One-Word Title: "Respectable".
  • Protest Song: "You're A Better Man Than I", written as a Take That! to prejudiced people who will base their opinion on somebody's appearance rather than his character.
  • Something Blues: The bonus track "Jeff's Blues".
  • Step Up to the Microphone: The band's then-manager/producer Giorgio Gomelsky provides the prominent bass vocals to "Still I'm Sad".
  • Psychedelic Rock: More like proto-psychedelia. In any case, one of the - if not THE - earliest examples of it.
  • Sarcastic Title: The Protest Song "You're A Better Man Than I"
    Can you judge a man by the way he wears his hair?
    Can you read his mind by the clothes that he wears?
    Can you see a bad man by the pattern on his tie?
    Then mister, you're a better man than I
  • Sharp Dressed Band: Come on, look at that album cover.
  • White Void Room: The Yardbirds are performing in one, on the album cover.

Alternative Title(s): Having A Rave Up With The Yardbirds


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