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The Yardbirds Ultimate! [Double CD]

Yardbirds Audio CD
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The Yardbirds are mostly known to the casual rock fan as the starting point for three of the greatest British rock guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. Undoubtedly, these three figures did much to shape the group's sound, but throughout their career, the Yardbirds were very much a unit, albeit a rather unstable one. And they were truly one of the great rock bands; one whose ... Read more in Amazon's Yardbirds Store

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  • Audio CD (20 Aug 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Rhino UK
  • ASIN: B00005LMXN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,757 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Boom Boom
2. Honey in Your Hips
3. A Certain Girl
4. I Wish You Would
5. Too Much Monkey Business
6. I Got Love If You Want It
7. Smoke Stack Lighting
8. Here 'Tis
9. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
10. Got to Hurry
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Lost Woman
2. Over Under Sideways Down
3. The Nazz Are Blue
4. I Can't Make Your Way
5. Rack My Mind
6. Hot House Of Omagararshid
7. Jeff's Boogie
8. He's Always There
9. Turn Into Earth
10. What Do You Want
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Culled from a woefully meagre recording history that includes a handful of singles and two studio albums (yet, strangely, three live collections), this double-disc anthology instantly becomes the single most comprehensive document of the Yardbirds' brief reign and lasting influence. With a tenure on the charts of barely five years, a fitful discography and the erratic guidance of three managers during their prime, the Yardbirds have a legacy that is as unlikely as it is undeniable: they're second only to the Beatles as the most influential band of the 1960s. Long known as the musical divinity school of the Beck-Clapton-Page guitar trinity, the Yardbirds cast a much longer shadow across rock music, one that encompassed psychedelia, blues rock, heavy metal, jam bands and even the nascent world music and alt-rock movements . Eric Clapton's tenure with the energetic blues revivalists hardly hinted at enduring superstardom, but it did help foster the band's ambitious rave-ups, the frenzied mini-jams that became one of the Yardbirds' live trademarks and set the stage for Jeff Beck's groundbreaking two-year stint. But often overlooked in the homages to fret frenzy is the band's restless musical curiosity and the moody-cool, expressive charms of vocalist Keith Relf, explored here by the overtly Gregorian "Still I'm Sad", the sloppy, monkish "Hot House of Omagararshid" and the brooding "You're a Better Man Than I". But by the time Page signed on (briefly sharing duties with Beck), the Yardbirds shifted managers and directions, resulting in an uneasy cocktail of rock and pop that ultimately fractured the band, if not its heritage; Page would rebuild the New Yardbirds around an amped-up vision of its original blues roots, then quickly change the name to Led Zeppelin. All that ground is covered, along with some rarities (the odd Italian single "Questa Volta"/"Paff Bum" and three spotty solo tracks by Relf). --Jerry McCulley

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The First and Only Yardbirds Collection to Feature Guitar Legends Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page! 2 CDs, 52 Tracks Spanning 1963-1968 With Hits, Album Cuts, Live Tracks, and Rarities.Medium 1
  1. Boom Boom
  2. Honey In Your Hips
  3. A Certain Girl
  4. I Wish You Would
  5. Too Much Monkey Business (live)
  6. I Got Love If You Want It (live)
  7. Smokestack Lightning (live)
  8. Here 'tis (live)
  9. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
  10. Got To Hurry
  11. I Ain't Got You
  12. For Your Love
  13. I'm Not Talking
  14. Steeled Blues
  15. Heart Full Of Soul
  16. I Ain't Done Wrong
  17. You're A Better Man Than I
  18. Shapes Of Things
  19. The Train Kept A-Rollin'
  20. New York City Blues
  21. Evil Hearted You
  22. I'm A Man
  23. Still I'm Sad
  24. Questa Volta
  25. Pafff...Bum
Medium 2
  1. Lost Woman
  2. Over Under Sideways Down
  3. The Nazz Are Blue
  4. I Can't Make Your Way
  5. Rack My Mind
  6. Hot House Of Omagararshid
  7. Jeff's Boogie
  8. He's Always There
  9. Turn Into Earth
  10. What Do You Want
  11. Happenings Ten Years Time Ago
  12. Psycho Daisies
  13. Stroll On
  14. Little Games (single vers.)
  15. Puzzles
  16. White Summer
  17. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor
  18. No Excess Baggage
  19. Drinking Muddy Water
  20. Only The Black Rose
  21. Ten Little Indians
  22. Ha Ha Said The Clown
  23. Goodnight Sweet Josephine (u.s. vers.)
  24. Think About It
  25. Knowing (Keith Relf)
  26. Mr. Zero (Keith Relf)
  27. Shapes In My Mind (Keith Relf)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate? Certainly 16 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
Words such as "ultimate" and "essential" frequently appear in the titles of single-artist compilations, many of which turn out to offer neither the "ultimate" nor the "essential" canons of their works. In the case of this excellent-as-ever Rhino release, the title is completely justified. A better collection than this of this much-anthologised group's catalogue is unlikely ever to surface.

This two-CD, 52-track set covers all the periods of this truly progressive British sixties group: the orgasmic R&B club years, the unsettling search for pop chart stardom, the blissed-out trip through psychedelia and the early moves towards the thunderous blues-rock which became Led Zep. Indeed, the different periods are all highlighted in the track listing, which discerns the Georgio Gomelsky, Simon Napier-Bell and Peter Grant eras. The ragged and inadvisable partnership with Mickie Most is also well documented.

And documentation is the name of the game: the included 56-page booklet is of the highest order, with numerous well-reproduced photographs, a concise yet entertaining band history from an American perspective and excellent track summaries by the late Cub Koda, who does a job for the Yardbirds comparable to that of Andrew Sandoval for the Monkees. The splendid production quality is continued in the heavy slipcase and twin library cases for the discs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stupendous double retrospective! 16 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
It really does seem appropriate to corroborate what an tremendous Yardbirds anthology this is. It comes in a very appealing package, with an excellent booklet and a generous running time.

It covers the early r&b period with Eric Clapton, through to "For Your Love", before going into orbit with the more psychedelic and experimental Jeff Beck phase. This period supplies about half of the set's contents, and includes virtually all of the brilliant "Roger The Engineer" album. All of the vital stuff is there, it would seem, including both "Train Kept A Rollin'" and the "Stroll On" rework. The brief Beck/Page period features, prior to things moving into the home straight with the Jimmy Page era.

This double also contains a few oddity tracks, like the"Questa...Volta"/"Paff Bum" single and some less-than-vital solo Keith Relf tracks. The latter could have been replaced with more "superior" selections, but this remains a thoroughly worthwhile compilation of this seminal sixties group.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately...A Brilliant Compilation. 3 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD
This superb compilation of one of the most influential bands of all time-(certainly in America)- has everything a fan could wish for and also serves as a perfect introduction to a new listener who is curious as to why The Yardbirds are revered so highly nowadays. Lets face it, any band that has Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page pass through its ranks must be worth a listen and they certainly are. Encompassing Blues, Hard Rock, Psychedelica, Heavy Metal, Folk and even Gregorian Chants (Still I'm Sad), this was a band that could turn their hand to anything. Sensibly compiled in chronological order, this collection gathers together almost everything the band ever did and the highlights are many. The handful of tracks from the blistering debut album 'Five Live Yardbirds'--recorded in front of a wildly appreciative crowd at the Marquee Club in London-- will floor a first-time listener (they certainly did with me) as the band rip through a selection of covers that they easily make their own. The famous Yardbirds 'Rave Up' (where the band pounded on a single chord at breakneck speed) is much in evidence on these live cuts and led to some people accusing the band and their larger-than-life manager Giorgio Gomelsky of speeding up the tapes. They didn't. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting tribute to a seminal band 15 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
Emerging from the early '60's Crawdaddy scene, The Yardbirds quickly established themselves as an R&B outfit to be reckoned with. Fronted by Keith Relf and featuring ol'Slowhand himself, they simply stormed through classics like "Honey in your Hips", "I ain't got you" & "Good morning little schoolgirl" before scoring a top three hit with "For your love" After this, Clapton left & the young Jeff Beck was recruited as the band entered a new phase as psychedelic adventurers. A succession of classic singles, "Still I'm sad","Evil hearted you", "Shapes of things" and, at last on CD,"Over,under,sideways,down" plus underrated winners like "'re a better man than I" or "Paff-boum" kept them in the charts as Jeff now joined by Jimmy Page,flew the flag for guitar pyrotechnics.They were simply wonderful and surviving live clips display a fierce live outfit. Just about everything you could wish for from one of Rock's seminal bands. "
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