The Yardbirds

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The Yardbirds are an English rock band that had a string of hits in the mid-1960s, including "For Your Love", "Over Under Sideways Down" and "Heart Full of Soul". The group is notable for having started the careers of three of rock's most famous guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, all of whom are in the top five of Rolling Stone's 100 Top Guitarists list (Clapton at No. 2, Page at No. 3 and Beck at No. 5). A blues-based band that broadened its range into pop and rock, the Yardbirds had a hand in many electric guitar innovations of the mid-1960s, such as feedback, "fuzztone" distortion and improved amplification. Pat Pemberton, writing for Spinner, holds that the Yardbirds were "the most impressive guitar band in rock music". After the Yardbirds broke up in 1968, their lead guitarist Jimmy Page founded what became Led Zeppelin.

The bulk of the band's most successful self-written songs came from bassist/producer Paul Samwell-Smith who, with singer/harmonica player Keith Relf, drummer Jim McCarty and rhythm guitarist/bassist Chris Dreja, constituted the core of the group. The band reformed in the 1990s, featuring McCarty, Dreja and new members. The Yardbirds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. They were included in Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time", and VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock".

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1965 For Your Love The Yardbirds 4 2
1965 Having a Rave Up The Yardbirds 5 4
1966 The Yardbirds (also known as "Roger the Engineer" and "Over Under Sideways Down") The Yardbirds 9
1967 Little Games The Yardbirds 5
1991 The Chicago Blues Tapes 1991 Pretty Things / Yardbird Blues Band 1
2003 Birdland The Yardbirds 1
Happenings Ten Years Time Ago 1964-1968 The Yardbirds 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1967 Studio Sessions 1964-67 Compilation The Yardbirds 1
1970 The Yardbirds: Featuring Performances by Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page Compilation The Yardbirds 1
1977 Favorites Compilation The Yardbirds 1
1977 Shapes of Things: A Collection of Classic Yardbirds Recordings, 1964-1966 Compilation The Yardbirds 1
1986 Greatest Hits Compilation The Yardbirds 1
1986 Greatest Hits, Volume One (1964-1966) Compilation The Yardbirds 1
1987 20 Greatest Hits Compilation The Yardbirds 1
1987 The Best of British Rock Compilation The Yardbirds 1
1987 The Collection Compilation The Yardbirds 1
1989 Collection Gold Compilation The Yardbirds 1
1989 The Yardbirds (feat. Eric Clapton & Jeff Beck) Compilation The Yardbirds 1
1990 Rarities Compilation Eric Clapton & The Yardbirds 1
1991 The Yardbirds, Volume 1: Smokestack Lightning Compilation The Yardbirds 1
1991 The Yardbirds Greatest Hits Compilation The Yardbirds 1
1992 25 Greatest Hits Compilation The Yardbirds 2
1992 Blue Eyed Blues Compilation The Yardbirds 2
1993 For Your Love Compilation The Yardbirds feat. Eric Clapton 1
1993 The Blues Collection 11: Soaring Sounds Compilation The Yardbirds 1
1993 Train Kept A-Rollin' Compilation The Yardbirds 1
1996 The Very Best Of Compilation The Yardbirds 1
1997 Where the Action Is! Compilation The Yardbirds 1
1997 The Masters Compilation The Yardbirds 1
1998 The Best of the Yardbirds Compilation The Yardbirds 1
1999 Rhythm & Blues Compilation The Yardbirds 1
1999 The Ultimate Collection Compilation The Yardbirds 1
2000 The Very Best of The Yardbirds Compilation The Yardbirds 4 2
2000 Best of the 60's Compilation The Yardbirds 1
2000 Cumular Limit Compilation The Yardbirds 1
2000 Heart Full of Soul Compilation The Yardbirds 1
2001 London Time Compilation The Yardbirds 1
2001 Ultimate! Compilation The Yardbirds 5 2
2001 Eric's Blues Compilation Eric Clapton & The Yardbirds 2
2001 For Your Love Compilation The Yardbirds 1
2001 Midnite Jazz & Blues: Tribute to Elmore Compilation The Yardbirds 1
2002 The Yardbirds Story Compilation The Yardbirds 2
2002 The Ultimate Collection Compilation The Yardbirds 1
2002 Eric Clapton & The Yardbirds Compilation The Yardbirds 1
2002 Jeff Beck and The Yardbirds Compilation The Yardbirds 1
2004 Rave Up With The Yardbirds Compilation The Yardbirds 1
2004 Shapes of Things: The Very Best Of Compilation The Yardbirds 3
2004 Stroll On With the Yardbirds Compilation The Yardbirds 1
2006 Feel the Groove Compilation Eric Clapton and The Yardbirds 1
2006 The Yardbirds: The Jeff Beck Years Compilation The Yardbirds 1

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