I couldn't agree with you more. One of my all-time favourite tracks of any artist :-). A double bonus on one of the 'Most of' LP's as that LP also features Superlungs by Terry Reid.. but that's another story.
The A side remains perennially popular, almost a standard singalong at parties much to Jeff's embarrassment though he did feature it in his live set during the late 60's and has revived it on a handful of occasions since, but I share his embarrassment by it since it's pop fluff.
It's that B side that's the killer here and makes this single worth seeking out to hear it in all it's monophonic glory complete with the short backward guitar ending that was cut out of the fake stereo mix when used on the "Truth" album. It's for me, one of the greatest rock instrumentals ever - a true epic. It was recorded in mid 1966 (there are several conflicting suggestions as to when exactly it was recorded - May, June or July) as part of Simon Napier Bell's plan for each of The Yardbirds to cut and release a solo single. Jimmy Page and Napier Bell were the actual producers but Mickie Most got the credit... and the producer royalties for doing nothing.
Unfortunately there's always been a dispute as to who actually wrote it. The first pressing had Beck credited as sole writer swiftly to be replaced by Jimmy Page. Both have bickered and disagreed about it ever since but from all I've read about it, it should really be credited to both Beck and Page since they both brought their own ideas to the table.
Beck has often suggested the heavy riffing section in the middle - just after Moon screams and breaks the drum mike - was perhaps one of the first examples of heavy metal and he has a reasonable case. What's sad listening to this and "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" was for a short time in 1966 with Beck and Page working together, it was potentially gonna be incredible - those two tracks are still mindblowing to this day and makes one feel sad that it didn't last any longer than it did as Beck cracked up and ended up bowing out the Yardbirds and going off with Mickie Most as did The Yardbirds, sadly with whom Mickie Most barely had a clue what to do with them.
It's nice to dream what might had been and "Beck's Bolero" offers plenty such food for thought. Beck remains fond of it, being the oldest track he still plays live in concert.
Vivian Prince must be one of the most interesting characters of the entire 1960's music scene. If all the tales and legends are genuinely true, it's a wonder he's still with us, living in Portugal where he's resided for many years. It speaks volumes for the guys excessive behaviour and antics that even a wild band as The Pretty Things ended up having to kick him out and I've always loved the Hell's Angels story where apparently he was too wild and extreme for them and reputedly the only person to ever be kicked out the Hell's Angels! Whether that's an urban myth or not, goodness knows but Viv being Viv... you can never be too sure!.
Phil May sought him out and visited him in 1987 in the hope of enticing him to help reform the Pretty Things but he was so far gone, he was unable to play. Two or three years after that I remember reading a short article in a national newspaper where he was wreaking havoc in someplace around Cornwall where he was then living where he had his drumkit set up in the garden and he would bash away loudly in the early hours in protest against the loudness of the local church bells since he was quoted that he couldn't sleep due to the bells being too loud!
BONUS: Undubbed version of "It's wonderful to be Young" - recorded at Abbey Road -studios August 11, 1962.
At this time the movie "The Young ones" had great succes in Europe after the Gala World Premiere in London Dec. 13, 1961., but the American Company wanted a new main-theme for the movie in the USA.Comment by Gringo46: