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 RatingReleases
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 8
1967 Little Games The Yardbirds 5
1991 The Chicago Blues Tapes 1991 Pretty Things / Yardbird Blues Band 1
2003 Birdland The Yardbirds 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 Studio Sessions 1964–67 The Yardbirds 1
1970 The Yardbirds: Featuring Performances by Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page The Yardbirds 1
1977 Favorites The Yardbirds 1
1977 Shapes of Things: A Collection of Classic Yardbirds Recordings, 1964–1966 The Yardbirds 1
1986 Greatest Hits The Yardbirds 1
1986 Greatest Hits, Volume One (1964–1966) The Yardbirds 1
1987 20 Greatest Hits The Yardbirds 1
1987 The Best of British Rock The Yardbirds 1
1987 The Collection The Yardbirds 1
1989 Collection Gold The Yardbirds 1
1989 The Yardbirds (feat. Eric Clapton & Jeff Beck) The Yardbirds 1
1990 Rarities Eric Clapton & The Yardbirds 1
1991 The Yardbirds, Volume 1: Smokestack Lightning The Yardbirds 1
1991 The Yardbirds Greatest Hits The Yardbirds 1
1992 25 Greatest Hits The Yardbirds 2
1992 Blue Eyed Blues The Yardbirds 2
1993 For Your Love The Yardbirds feat. Eric Clapton 1
1993 The Blues Collection 11: Soaring Sounds The Yardbirds 1
1993 Train Kept A-Rollin' The Yardbirds 1
1996 The Very Best Of The Yardbirds 1
1997 Where the Action Is! The Yardbirds 1
1997 The Masters The Yardbirds 1
1998 The Best of the Yardbirds The Yardbirds 1
1999 Rhythm & Blues The Yardbirds 1
1999 The Ultimate Collection The Yardbirds 1
2000 The Very Best of The Yardbirds The Yardbirds 4 2
2000 Best of the 60's The Yardbirds 1
2000 Cumular Limit The Yardbirds 1
2000 Heart Full of Soul The Yardbirds 1
2001 London Time The Yardbirds 1
2001 Ultimate! The Yardbirds 5 2
2001 Eric's Blues Eric Clapton & The Yardbirds 2
2001 For Your Love The Yardbirds 1
2001 Midnite Jazz & Blues: Tribute to Elmore The Yardbirds 1
2002 The Yardbirds Story The Yardbirds 2
2002 The Ultimate Collection The Yardbirds 1
2002 Eric Clapton & The Yardbirds The Yardbirds 1
2002 Jeff Beck and The Yardbirds The Yardbirds 1
2004 Rave Up With The Yardbirds The Yardbirds 1
2004 Shapes of Things: The Very Best Of The Yardbirds 3
2004 Stroll On With the Yardbirds The Yardbirds 1
2006 Feel the Groove Eric Clapton and The Yardbirds 1
2006 The Yardbirds: The Jeff Beck Years The Yardbirds 1
2007 London 1963: The First Recordings! The Yardbirds 1

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