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The Essential Yardbirds

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Album Review

Rhino's budget-priced The Best of the Yardbirds contains the original hit versions of "For Your Love," "Heart Full of Soul, " "Shapes of Things, " "You're a Better Man Than I, " "Evil Hearted You, " "Train Kept a Rollin', " "I Ain't Got You, " "I Wish You Would" and "Smokestack Lightning." While there are several hits missing, including their classic rave-up "I'm a Man" as well as anything from Roger the Engineer and Little Games, the disc still offers a casual listener a concise, affordable way to collect the familiar hits and radio staples.


Formed: 1963 in Surrey, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '10s

The Yardbirds are mostly known to the casual rock fan as the starting point for three of the greatest British rock guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. Undoubtedly, these three figures did much to shape the group's sound, but throughout their career, the Yardbirds were very much a unit, albeit a rather unstable one. And they were truly one of the great rock bands; one whose contributions went far beyond the scope of their half dozen or so mid-'60s hits ("For Your Love," "Heart Full...
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