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The Yardbirds
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To the casual music fan, The Yardbirds are best known as the band that honed the skills of future “guitar gods” Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page; and for their slew of chart hits, including “For Your Love,” “Heart Full of Soul,” “I’m a Man,” and “Over Under Sideways Down.” Led by core members and songwriters Jim McCarty (drums), Chris Dreja (rhythm guitar, bass) and the late Keith Relf (vocals, harmonica), the band’s experimental explorations also provided the crucial link between British R&B, psychedelic rock, and heavy metal, while pioneering the use of innovations like fuzz tone, feedback, and distortion. Even their 1968 break-up set the stage for rock’s future... leading Jimmy Page to form the New Yardbirds, later re-christened Led Zeppelin.

In the period following the break-up the various other members initiated a number of other recording projects and bands, including Together, Renaissance, Shoot, Armageddon, Illusion, and more, as well as solo projects.

Reuniting decades later, McCarty and Dreja brought The Yardbirds into the 21st Century with the 2003 release of the acclaimed CD Birdland, which featured guest appearances from Brian May, Joe Satriani, Slash, and Steve Vai. Additionally, the band commemorated their 50th Anniversary with the release of the live DVD Making Tracks in 2013.

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The Yardbirds — Making Tracks The Yardbirds — Making Tracks
(Wienerworld WNRCDV5078, 2014, CD & DVD)
The Yardbirds — Birdland The Yardbirds — Birdland
(Favored Nations FN2280-2, 2003, CD)
The Yardbirds — BBC Sessions The Yardbirds — BBC Sessions
(Repertoire REP 4777-WY, 1968/1999, CD)
The Yardbirds — Live and Rare The Yardbirds — Live and Rare
(Repertoire REPUK 1364, 1968/2019, 4CD+1DVD)
The Yardbirds — Live at the BBC The Yardbirds — Live at the BBC
(Repertoire REPUK 1280, 1968/2016, 2CD)
The Yardbirds — Yardbirds '68 The Yardbirds — Yardbirds '68
(JimmyPage.com JPRLPCD3, 1968/2017, 2CD)
The Yardbirds — Little Games The Yardbirds — Little Games
(EMI E2-54102, 1967/1996, CD)
The Yardbirds — Live in Stockholm & Offenbach 1967 The Yardbirds — Live in Stockholm & Offenbach 1967
(Repertoire REP2399, 1967/2018, LP)
The Yardbirds — Over Under Sideways Down - Roger the Engineer The Yardbirds — Over Under Sideways Down - Roger the Engineer
(Repertoire REP 4681-WP, 1966/2008, CD)
The Yardbirds — For Your Love The Yardbirds — For Your Love
(Repertoire REP 4757-WY, 1965/1999, CD)
The Yardbirds — Having a Rave Up The Yardbirds — Having a Rave Up
(Repertoire REP 4758 WY, 1965/1999, CD)
The Yardbirds — Sonny Boy Williamson & The Yardbirds The Yardbirds — Sonny Boy Williamson & The Yardbirds
(Repertoire REP 4776, 1965/2007, CD)
The Yardbirds — Five Live Yardbirds The Yardbirds — Five Live Yardbirds
(Repertoire REP 5090, 1964/2008, CD)
The Yardbirds — Live! Blueswailing July '64 The Yardbirds — Live! Blueswailing July '64
(Sundazed LP 5181, 1964/2003, LP)

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