Yardbirds – Heart Full Of Soul

The Yardbirds had three of Rock’s greatest guitar players pass through them. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. Heart Full of Soul peaked at #9 in the Billboard 100, #2 in the UK and #2 in Canada in 1965. From the opening, it hooks you.

Jeff Beck gave the song an eastern feel by the way he played the intro.

From Songfacts.

This was written by Graham Gouldman, who later formed the band 10cc. Gouldman was a prolific songwriter who also came up with songs for The Hollies, Cher, The Shadows, and Herman’s Hermits. For The Yardbirds, he provided three of their hits, also composing “Evil Hearted You” and “For Your Love.” Yardbirds drummer Jim McCarty said in our 2010 interview: “‘Heart Full of Soul,’ which was very moody, gave us the ability to play the riff in sort of an Eastern way, give it an Oriental touch. Another very good song.”

Lead guitarist Jeff Beck employed an early use of a fuzz box on his lead part. The original arrangement called for a sitar playing the lead guitar part, but they instead opted for Beck’s sitar-sounding guitar.

The roots of sitar blended into rock started in November 1964, when Brian Auger engineered the first recording of “Heart Full of Soul” by the Yardbirds. An authentic Indian sitar player was brought into the studio, as well as a tabla player who could not get the 4/4 time signatures right. Since The Yardbirds were a road group and the original could not be played to live audience, Jeff Beck stood in and used his fuzz machine with a tone blender that created a similar and extremely effective sound.

 

 

Heart Full Of Soul

Sick at heart and lonely, deep in dark despair
When you want her only, tell me where is she where?
And if she says to you, that she don’t love me
Just give her my message, tell her of my plea
And I know, if I could have her back again, I would never make her sad
I got a heart full of soul I got a heart full of soul
She’s been gone such a long time, longer than I can bear
But if she says she wants me, tell her I’ll be there

And I know, if I could have her back again, I would never make her sad
I got a heart full of soul I got a heart full of soul
Sick at heart and lonely, deep in dark despair
When you want her only, tell me where is she where?
And if she says to you, that she don’t love me
Just give her my message, tell her of my plea
And I know, if I could have her back again, I would never make her sad
I got a heart full of soul I got a heart full of soul
I got a heart full of soul!

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_Full_of_Soul

Author: badfinger20

Guitar, Bass, song writer,

6 thoughts on “Yardbirds – Heart Full Of Soul”

  1. “Heart full of soul” definitely one of the “classic rock” highlights of the 60s. Blue Rodeo now and again did a bonzo great live version of it in ’90s but as far as I can tell never recorded it, which was a shame

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