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Evil Hearted You by The Yardbirds

Album: Having a Rave Up With the YardbirdsReleased: 1965Charted:
  • Graham Gouldman, who later formed the band 10cc, wrote this song. Gouldman was a prolific songwriter who also provided the Yardbirds hits "For Your Love" and "Heart Full of Soul." The Yarbirds were skilled songwriters and composed most of their own material, but Gouldman's songs brought a moody sound they were able to turn into a hit record. When we asked their drummer Jim McCarty about recording the songs of another writer, he told us, "There wasn't a problem doing that. It was the sort of thing that you relied on to get into that other echelon, to have a hit song. All our contemporaries were having hit songs: The Beatles and the Stones and the Moody Blues and Animals, they were all having #1 hits and we were really trying to keep up." (Here's the full Jim McCarty interview.)
  • The solo is Jeff Beck playing a slide guitar. Along with Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, Beck is one of the three famous guitarists to play in The Yardbirds.
  • This song did well in England, but it was never released as a single in the United States.
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Comments: 4

The Yardbirds utilized the style of Enzo Morricone, who provided the music for the 1960's Spaghetti Westerns that Sergio Leone directed.

Utlizing a hollow gnarly guitar, 'Evil Hearted You' was the sound of a slightly 'out-of-tune' guitar, purposely done for the effect.

A wonderful song, and one my favorites.
Paul - Southern Pines, Nc
For 1965 Jeff Beck does incredible guitar work on this song - the amazing fast lick during the bridge, and the hauntingly beautiful slide solo.D. R. - Okc, Ok
I agree, very bluesy. I love them.Morgaine - Calgary, Canada
The Yardbirds have a unique sound, reviewing this list of songs listed here, I can't beleve that "Shapes of Things" isn't listed..Nick - Buffalo, Ny
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