100 Great Songs From The British Invasion: 1963-1966: ‘Shape Of Things’-The Yardbirds.
The Yardbirds- the legendary band from Surrey, England is most famous for employing at one time or another three guitar heroes- Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Their time was brief- they would break up in the summer of 1968- but their first 5 singles all hit the Top 20 in the United States from the summer of 1965- to the summer of 1966. ‘Shape Of Things’- which is often cited as the first psychedelic hit- came in the spring of 1966. It features an Eastern sound- and Jeff Beck’s guitar feedback. The song is also noted for its anti-war /pro -environmental lyrics. The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame lists ‘Shape Of Things’ as one of the 500 Songs Which Shaped Rock and Roll.
Single: ‘Shape Of Things’- The Yardbirds/ Written by Jim McCarty, Keith Reif and Paul Samwell-Smith/ Record Company- Epic/ Time: 2:24/ Recorded December 1965-January 1966/ Released February 25, 1966/ Produced by Giorgio Gomelsky/ Peaked at #11 in US Billboard Hot 100, #3 in UK Singles Chart.