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The Very Best Of The Yardbirds

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  • Audio CD (28 April 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music Club
  • ASIN: B0015RRRDK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,221 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. For Your Love
  2. Heart Full of Soul
  3. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
  4. Still I'm Sad
  5. Evil Hearted You
  6. A Certain Girl
  7. Jeff's Blues
  8. I Wish You Would
  9. New York City
  10. I'm Not Talking
  11. You're a Better Man Than I
  12. Shapes of Things
  13. I'm a Man
  14. Boom Boom
  15. Smokestack Lightening
  16. Let It Rock
  17. You Can't Judge a Book By It's Cover
  18. Who Do You Love
  19. Too Much Monkey Business
  20. Respectable
  21. Pretty Girl
  22. Stroll On

Customer Reviews

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Format: Audio CD
Great album, for its price; with all of the tracks that you would expect to find eg: For Your Love, Heart Full of Soul, Still I'm Sad, Shapes of Things etc - but still generally concentrating on the Eric Clapton & Jeff Beck eras.

But, still, as with several other compilations by The Yardbirds, that I have come across, not featuring any more than one track featuring Jimmy Page on it; and always seeming to be the same one - namely "Stroll On," who, I'm sure did more than just this one track. But, I suppose, where Jimmy Page is concerned; that is another story entirely, as he created one of the UK's most successful acts out of the ashes of The Yardbirds, namely Led Zeppelin, when The Yardbirds ceased to exist, as such; and the rest of the members went their own separate ways.

However, for all of its faults, it is still a good compilation, worth purchasing, and giving an excellent overview of one of the UK's finest Rock Bands of the period, as good as The Kinks, although overshadowed by Cream, The Beatles, The Who, and The Rolling Stones.
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A band that are quite under-rated, this CD asks the question WHY!!!!! They already sound like one of the greatest bands ever when you hear that they first had Eric Clapton, then Jeff Beck and finally Jimmy Page, and you don't even have to click on the soundbite of New York City. The material ranges from live high-powered R&B to early psychedelic pop. Occaisionly too poppy for Eric Clapton who left due to the popiness of For Your Love, they unfortunately had a member who joined 10CC. They probably started the hard-rock/heavy metal movement, heard in Led Zeppelin who were basically a revised version of the New Yardbirds.
This CD is also a brilliant bargain I strongly recomend it to any fan of rocked-up blues or bluesed-up rock music. It also contains nearly -if not- all of Five Live Yardbirds.
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This is an excellent CD, with probably the best compilation of the band's music. I have been playing it over and over since I got it. It made me discover the Yardbirds, which I love for their mix of rock and blues - and lyrics are meningful too.
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I am a little disappointed that when companies release these sorts of things that they tend to throw in a lot of "second takes" or versions that never were released in the first place, well that's ok if they are a bonus package, but please, please, PLEASE, keep to the plan, this album DID come out on vinyl, I have it in fact, but at least three tracks are so disappointing, for instance "Heart Full Of Soul", what happened here?

I love Jeff Beck, and this is spoiled on this re-boxed album, generally good, the "takes" generally are pretty poor.

Still good to have, but could do better.
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OMG take me back to the sixties why don't you ! I had quite forgotten how much the Yardbirds influenced my life choices of music. Great album, some tracks excel whilst others sound like a church hall band trying to sound like the Yardbirds. Others , like 'schoolgirl', are done much better by others(Ten Years After), however the rawness and feeling that exudes from this album just takes me back to my youth. I lent it to my mates 21 yr old guitarist son who was just blown away by it and introduced him to much more of the same type of sixties music. Buy it whatever age you are if you like guitar based rock/blues you wont be disappointed.
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THIS COMPILATION FEATURES THREE GREAT PERFORMERS WHO HONED THEIR SKILLS IN THE THE SURREY (SURBITON) BASED R&B OUTFIT -- MESSRS CLAPTON, BECK AND PAGE WERE ALL WELL WORTHY OF BETTER THINGS, AND ALL SUCCEDED AS THE YARDBIRDS POPULARITY WANED. TAKE YOUR PICK!
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I recall Keith Relf's vocals on the singles in the 60s and thought I'd try a 'best of' CD. The studio recordings are very good but the live tracks are poorly recorded and could have been left off this re-issue
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I love these 'Best Of's....Where is 'Happenings Ten Years Time Ago', 'Over, Under, Sideways, Down', 'The Nazz Are Blue', at the very least. The Yardbirds do not have an extensive back catalogue of real quality....So it isn't that difficult to select the right 20-odd tracks. Best track here..'Stroll On' featuring both Jimmy and Jeff I believe. Disappointing..but I should've bought a more extensive 'Best Of....', but worth the 0.01p I paid.
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