“I love wild, out-of-control guitar players, guys who sound as if they’re going to explode at any minute. To me, there's such beauty in taking chances and really letting loose. That's what I get from The Yardbirds’ versions of The Train Kept A-Rolling and Smokestack Lightning – they're just insane.
“English people have a way of twisting genres. The way these guys pulled American blues and made it their own is extraordinary. They took it somewhere and mixed in the psychedelic thing that was just starting out, and they invented a new sound.
“Over Under Sideways Down – is there any better single-line riff in the world? I don’t think so. It’s crazy! And Jeff’s Boogie? I sat there and tried to figure it out – just beautiful guitar work. When my Uncle Timmy and I put our first band together, The Nazz Are Blue was the first song we learned. Even today, when he comes to see me play, he tells me, ‘You gotta put The Nazz Are Blue into a song,’ and I always do. It doesn’t matter what song we’re playing – I find a way to slip it in.
“Unbelievable riffs, licks and solos on these records. I think this is some of Jeff Beck’s best work. People love Blow By Blow and his solo records, but for my money, it lies with Truth and The Yardbirds period.”