Yardbirds - The Quest For Gold

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No GOLD record for the legendary Yardbirds?

Hard to believe but one of the most influential rock bands of all time, The Yardbirds, have never received a GOLD RECORD. How can this be? Surely their top 10 hit from 1965 FOR YOUR LOVE must have sold the required amount of copies to go "gold" (500,000).

A while back I did some checking up on this and here is what I was told by the R.I.A.A. (the recording association that issues such awards) is that for a record to be certified gold it must first be audited and certified by the R.I.A.A. and that only the original record company that released the single could request (in this case EPIC Records) such an audit.

Since there is a hefty fee involved Epic has never requested an audit/certification. Does this mean the door to a Gold Record is closed for the Yardies? No, not at all. With the recent advent of legal downloads there is another way.

You can download the live extended version of FOR YOUR LOVE from The Yardbirds Reunion Jam. For ninety-nice cents or less fans can join a grass roots effort to have this version certified GOLD. As soon as the requirements for certification are met I will contact the R.I.A.A. and pay the required fees for the audit and certification. The Yardbirds can at last receive an award that is long overdue.

FOR YOUR LOVE (from The Yardbirds Reunion Jam -MSR release 1999) is available as a digital download from Napster, Apple iTunes, MusicMatch and over a dozen other digital distributors. If you would like to be part of helping get The Yardbirds a GOLD RECORD you can do it for 99 cents or less! We are already well on our way to capture the GOLD. Join us. Yardbirds founding member and drummer Jim McCarty is available for selected interviews. Please e-mail me if you are interested in setting something up. Keep on Yardmorising!

Russ Garrett

Mooreland Street Records LLC


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