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The Yardbirds are an English rock band, formed in London in 1963. The band's core lineup featured vocalist and harmonica player Keith Relf, drummer Jim McCarty, rhythm guitarist/bassist Chris Dreja and bassist/producer Paul Samwell-Smith. The band is known for starting the careers of three of rock's most famous guitarists, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, all of whom ranked in the top five of Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 greatest guitarists. The band had a string of hits throughout the mid-1960s, including "For Your Love", "Heart Full of Soul", "Shapes of Things" and "Over Under Sideways Down".

A blues-based band noted for their signature "rave-up" instrumental breaks, the Yardbirds broadened their range into pop, pioneering psychedelic rock and early hard rock; and contributed to many electric guitar innovations of the mid-1960s, such as feedback, distortion and "fuzztone". The band's influence on both the music of the times and genres to come was great, and they inspired a host of imitators such as the Count Five and The Shadows of Knight. Some rock critics and historians credit the Yardbirds with heavily contributing to, if not inventing, "the birth of psychedelic music" and sowing the seeds of punk rock, progressive rock and heavy metal, among other genres. Following the band's split in 1968, Relf and McCarty formed Renaissance and guitarist Jimmy Page formed what became Led Zeppelin.

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. They were included as No. 89 in Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time", and ranked No. 37 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

The Yardbirds reformed in the 1990s, featuring drummer Jim McCarty and rhythm guitarist/bassist Chris Dreja as the only original members of the band. Dreja left the band in 2012, leaving McCarty as the sole original member of the band present in the lineup.

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Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 British Beat Various Artists 1
1996 Guitar Kings Various Artists 1
2000 The Woodstock Generation - Out of Time Various Artists 1
2010 Led Zeppelin: Family Tree Various Artists 1
The Classic Psychedelic Collection Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1966 Sanremo '66 Various Artists 1
1972 History of Eric Clapton Eric Clapton 2
1974 Alan Freeman's History of Pop Various Artists 1
1983 The History of Rock, Volume 12 Various Artists 1
1985 Remember the 60's (Volume 9) Various Artists 1
1986 Highs of the Sixties Various Artists 2
1987 Brit's Blitz Various Artists 1
1987 Classic Rock: 1965 Various Artists 1
1987 Classic Rock: 1966 Various Artists 1
1987 Golden Memories of the 60s Various Artists 2
1987 Goud Van Oud (Original Versions) Various Artists 1
1987 Original Artists: Twenty Classic Tracks Various Artists 1
1987 The Early Clapton Collection Eric Clapton 5 3
1988 Crossroads Eric Clapton 4.65 4
1988 The British Invasion: The History of British Rock, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1988 The British Invasion: The History of British Rock, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1988 The British Invasion: The History of British Rock, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1988 The British Invasion: The History of British Rock, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1988 18 Golden Hits Volume 1 Various Artists 2
1988 98 Rock WIYY Classics 2 Various Artists 1
1988 Classic Rock: 1965: The Beat Goes On Various Artists 1
1988 Classic Rock: 1966: The Beat Goes On Various Artists 3
1988 Q-FM-96 Classics, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1988 The Greatest Real Music CD Catalogue in the World Various Artists 1
1989 The Marquee: 30 Legendary Years Various Artists 2
1989 Classic Rock: Rock Renaissance Various Artists 1
1989 Greatest Hits From the Past, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1989 Greatest Hits From the Past, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1989 Hifi Visionen: Best of Oldies Various Artists 1
1989 Hits From the 60’s, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1989 Le Top des Sixties Various Artists 1
1989 Super 60's, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1990 The Best of 60's Supergroups Various Artists 1
1990 80 Screaming Hits of the Sixties Various Artists 1
1990 Back to Blues Various Artists 2
1990 Boots Rock Collection, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1990 De Pre Historie 1965, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1990 Flower Power, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1990 Guitar Rock Various Artists 1
1990 Rock Goes to the Movies Various Artists 1
1990 Rock Renaissance II Various Artists 1
1990 Session Man, Volume 1 Jimmy Page 1
1990 The Psychedelic Years 1966-1969 Various Artists 3
1990 The Spirit of the 60s: 1965 Various Artists 1
1990 The Spirit of the 60s: 1966 Various Artists 1
1991 Sixties Archives, Volume 1: The Sound of the Sixties Various Artists 1
1991 British Rock, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1991 Beckology Jeff Beck 3
1991 25 Rock Hits: The Masters of the Rock Era, Vol. 1 Various Artists 1
1991 75 All-Time Rock & Pop Hits Various Artists 1
1991 All-Time Rock Various Artists 1
1991 Back to Blues, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1991 British Rock, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1991 Radio Saigon, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1991 Rock Guitar Legends Vol2 Various Artists 1
1991 Rock On U.K. Various Artists 1
1991 Roots: The Early Years Led Zeppelin 1
1991 The Greatest Love Various Artists 1
1991 The Rock Collection: Classic Rock Various Artists 1
1991 The Spirit of the 60s: 1965: The Beat Goes On Various Artists 1
1991 The Spirit of the 60s: 1965: The Hits Don't Stop Various Artists 1
1992 16 All-Time Rock Hits 2 Various Artists 1
1992 16 All-Time Rock Hits 6 Various Artists 1
1992 25 Super Oldies, Vol. 3: 60 Minutes of Music from the 60's ▪ 70's Various Artists 1
1992 25 Super Oldies, Vol. 4: 60 Minutes of Music from the 60's ▪ 70's Various Artists 1
1992 Happy Hippie Hits: 28 Miles From Woodstock Various Artists 1
1992 In the Summertime Various Artists 3
1992 Le disque du routard Various Artists 1
1992 Love + Peace - Best of Flower Power Various Artists 1
1992 Million Sellers 9: The Sixties Various Artists 1
1992 Million Sellers 11 - The Sixties Various Artists 1
1992 Million Sellers 12 - The Sixties Various Artists 1
1992 Mister Slowhand Eric Clapton 1
1992 Replay: Volume 1, Number 5 Various Artists 1
1992 Rock Favourites Various Artists 1
1992 Rock Line 2 Various Artists 1
1992 Rock Line 3 Various Artists 1
1992 Sixties Favourites Various Artists 1
1992 Teenage Rebels! - Dead End Street Various Artists 1
1992 Teenage Rebels! - Friday on My Mind Various Artists 1
1992 Teenage Rebels! - Midnight Train to Georgia Various Artists 1
1992 Teenage Rebels! - Silver Machine Various Artists 1
1992 The Best of Tour of Duty Various Artists 1
1992 The Rock Box Various Artists 1
1992 The Rock Collection: Rock of Ages Various Artists 1
1992 The Spirit of the 60s: 1966: Still Swinging Various Artists 1
1993 Love in the 60s Various Artists 1
1993 Vox: The Class of ’93 Various Artists 1
1993 16 Golden Hits, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1993 80 Golden Hits Various Artists 1
1993 All Night Long: Dave Cash presents The Best of the 60’s Various Artists 1
1993 Hallo Susie…: Die 60er Jahre Various Artists 1
1993 Hol dir den Beat zurück, Vol. I Various Artists 1
1993 Let's Have a Party - Die Neue - Thommy's Oldie Night Various Artists 1
1993 Masterpieces of Rock Various Artists 2

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