The Yardbirds - For Your Love (1965)

The Yardbirds were an English rock band active in the 60s, known for having in their members at various times three of the most influential British guitarists of the era (Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page).

The Yardbirds' third single proved to be an important milestone for them. "For Your Love", written by Graham Gouldman, became their first big hit - it reached #3 in the UK and #6 in the US. The song signalled a shift from their R&B roots towards pop music... a move that outraged lead guitarist Eric Clapton, who promptly left the band, despite their new found chart success. He was their star member, so how were they to replace him? They found their answer in Jeff Beck. First Clapton had reccomended Jimmy Page to take his place, but he had been reluctant to give up his lucrative studio work, so Page in turn reccomended Beck. Beck proved a brilliant guitarist perfectly able to fill Clapton's shoes, and at the same time his more experimental style suited their new change of direction well.
In America, For Your Love became the band's first studio album, capitalising on the single's success. It wasn't a proper album, but rather a compilation consisting of the first three singles and their b-sides with five other songs, and it wasn't actually released in the UK at all (though three of the extra tracks were put out as an EP, making only two of the songs US-only releases). It was taken from both Clapton-era and Beck-era recording sessions, and so both of them are featured on different tracks.
Despite its pieced-together nature, retrospectively it can actually be seen as one of their best albums, and definately contains some of their best recordings (in both blues and pop styles). In particular, the two pre-"For Your Love" singles and their b-sides show them at their best - "I Wish You Would" / "A Certain Girl" and "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" / "I Ain't Got You", and feature some of Clapton's best early solos.

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