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The Yardbirds - Olympic '68 [Prof. Stoned 2021]
16bit/44.1kHz CD Quality FLAC

01. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (Take 8)
02. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (Take 9)
03. You Shook Me (Take 1)
04. Baby Come On Home (Rough Mix)

Recorded at Olympic Studios, Barnes, London UK on Sept 27, 1968 except Tr. 4 on Oct 10, 1968 by Glyn Johns


All tracks Stereo
Total time: 25m37s

Mastering: Prof. Stoned


Note: I'm usually not high on studio outtakes but these four bits are rather special. The first three are live-in-the-studio run-throughs which feature Plant’s vocals and therefore are the very earliest live recordings of the band. The raw energy is palpable. You can tell these guys knew they were onto something. The last track is a rough mix with an extra guitar part not heard on the official mix. This material is believed to have been among the tapes that were discarded by Olympic Studios around 1988. The tape archives were simply cleared out and thrown in the street with the garbage (this included many unique sessions tapes by the Stones, The Who, etc.). The sound quality here is excellent, it seems to have been sourced from a cassette copy of the studio tapes. There is some hiss on the quiet passages which is a compromise, as lessening it would have made the guitar lose its sparkle. This material widely circulates out there but this is the best quality you will find.