Roger the Engineer (originally released in the UK as Yardbirds and in the US, Germany, France and Italy as Over Under Sideways Down) is the only UK studio album and third US album by English rock band the Yardbirds. Recorded and released July 15, 1966, it is also the only Yardbirds album with guitarist Jeff Beck on all tracks and it contains all original material. It was produced by bassist Paul Samwell-Smith and manager Simon Napier-Bell.
Although the British edition is still officially titled Yardbirds by authoritative chart sources, such as Official Charts Company, it has since been referred to, first colloquially, then semi-officially, as Roger the Engineer, a title stemming from the cover drawing of the record’s audio engineer Roger Cameron by band member Chris Dreja.
It is the only Yardbirds album to appear in the UK Albums Chart, where it reached number 20. In the US, it reached number 52 on the Billboard 200 album chart, making it the band’s highest-charting studio album in the US. It also reached number 8 in Finland. The album’s best-known song, “Over Under Sideways Down”, was released as a single in May 1966, two months before the album.
The album is included in Robert Dimery’s 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. In 2012, the album was ranked number 350 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
- “Lost Woman” 3:16
- “Over Under Sideways Down” (Rechanneled) 2:24
- “The Nazz Are Blue” 3:04
- “I Can’t Make Your Way” 2:26
- “Rack My Mind” 3:15
- “Farewell” 1:29
- “Hot House of Omagararshid” 2:39
- “Jeff’s Boogie” (Rechanneled) 2:25
- “He’s Always There” 2:15
- “Turn into Earth” 3:06
- “What Do You Want” 3:22
- “Ever Since the World Began” 2:09
Keith Relf – lead vocals (except “The Nazz Are Blue”), harmonica
Jeff Beck – lead guitar, lead vocals on “The Nazz Are Blue”, bass guitar on “Over, Under, Sideways, Down”
Chris Dreja – rhythm guitar, backing vocals, piano
Paul Samwell-Smith – bass guitar (except “Over, Under, Sideways, Down”), backing vocals
Jim McCarty – drums, backing vocals, percussion
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