The Yardbirds

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The Yardbirds are an English rock band formed in London in 1963 that had a string of hits during the mid-1960s, including "For Your Love", "Heart Full of Soul" and "Over Under Sideways Down". The group launched the careers of guitarists Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. A blues-based band that broadened its range into pop and rock, the Yardbirds contributed to many electric guitar innovations of the mid-1960s, such as feedback, "fuzztone" distortion and improved amplification. After the Yardbirds broke up in 1968, lead guitarist Jimmy Page founded what became Led Zeppelin, while vocalist and harmonica player Keith Relf and drummer Jim McCarty formed the symphonic rock group Renaissance.

The bulk of the band's most successful self-written songs came from Relf, McCarty and bassist and producer Paul Samwell-Smith, who, with rhythm guitarist and 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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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1965 For Your Love The Yardbirds 4 2
1965 Having a Rave Up The Yardbirds 5 7
1966 The Yardbirds (also known as "Roger the Engineer" and "Over Under Sideways Down") The Yardbirds 11
1967 Little Games The Yardbirds 8
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 2
1987 20 Greatest Hits The Yardbirds 1
1987 Classic Cuts 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 The Yardbirds feat. Eric Clapton & Jeff Beck 1
1989 The Yardbirds featuring 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 Eric Clapton: The Yardbird Period The Yardbirds 1
1991 The Yardbirds Greatest Hits The Yardbirds 1
1992 25 Greatest Hits The Yardbirds 2
1992 Charly Blues Masterworks, Vol. 20: Blue Eyed Blues The Yardbirds 1
1993 For Your Love The Yardbirds feat. Eric Clapton 1
1993 The Blues Collection 11: Soaring Sounds The Yardbirds 1
1993 The Yardbirds, Featuring Eric Clapton The Yardbirds 1
1993 Train Kept A-Rollin' The Yardbirds 1
1994 Eric Clapton With Yardbirds and Jimmy Page 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
1998 Blue Eyed Blues (Altaya, Charly R&B) The Yardbirds 1
1999 Eric Clapton: Best of the Yardbirds Years 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 Eric Clapton & The Yardbirds: The Yardbird Years 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
2004 The Blues Roots of Eric Clapton The Yardbirds / The Graham Bond Organisation 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
2008 The Early Years Eric Clapton & The Yardbirds 1
2008 The Very Best of The Yardbirds The Yardbirds 1
Blues, Backtracks and Shapes of Things The Yardbirds 1
Eric Clapton and The Yardbirds The Yardbirds 1
Eric Clapton and The Yardbirds The Yardbirds 1
For Your Love (ARC Records) The Yardbirds 1
For Your Love (Tracks 8-13 probably not The Yardbirds) The Yardbirds 1
Gold The Yardbirds 1
Golden Hits The Yardbirds 1
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl The Yardbirds 1
Happenings Ten Years Time Ago 1964–1968 The Yardbirds 1
Over, Under, Sideways, Down The Yardbirds 1
Psycho Blues: The Best Collection of the Yardbirds 1963–1966 The Yardbirds 1
Shapes of Things The Yardbirds 1
The Masters The Yardbirds 1
The Very Best of The Yardbirds The Yardbirds 1
The Yardbirds With Eric Clapton The Yardbirds 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1964 Five Live Yardbirds The Yardbirds 7
1965 Sonny Boy Williamson & The Yardbirds Sonny Boy Williamson & The Yardbirds 5
1971 Live Yardbirds! Featuring Jimmy Page The Yardbirds 3
1991 The BBC Sessions The Yardbirds 2
1997 BBC Sessions The Yardbirds 1
2003 Live! Blueswailing July '64 The Yardbirds 2
2007 Live at B.B. King Blues Club The Yardbirds 1
2013 Extended Versions The Yardbirds 1
Live in Europe Sonny Boy Williamson & The Yardbirds 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1964 I Wish You Would / A Certain Girl The Yardbirds 2
1964 Good Morning Little Schoolgirl / I Ain't Got You The Yardbirds 1
1965 Boom Boom / Honey on Your Hips The Yardbirds 1
1965 For Your Love The Yardbirds 1
1965 Heart Full of Soul The Yardbirds 5 1
1966 Over Under Sideways Down / Jeff's Boogie The Yardbirds 1
1966 Happenings Ten Years Time Ago / Psycho Daisies The Yardbirds 1
1966 Shapes of Things The Yardbirds 1
America '66 The Yardbirds 1
For Your Love / Heart Full of Soul (Back To Back Oldies Release) The Yardbirds 1

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Live EP The Yardbirds 1

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