The Yardbirds Greatest Hits

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The Yardbirds Greatest Hits
The Yardbirds Greatest Hits 1967 cover Epic.jpg
Greatest hits album by the Yardbirds
Released 27 March 1967 (1967-03-27)
Recorded 1964–1966
Genre Rock
Length 30:26
Label Epic
Producer Giorgio Gomelsky, Simon Napier-Bell
The Yardbirds' American chronology
Over Under Sideways Down
(1966)
The Yardbirds' Greatest Hits
(1967)
Little Games
(1967)

The Yardbirds Greatest Hits is the first compilation album of songs recorded by the Yardbirds. It was released in the United States in March 1967 by Epic Records and included all six of the Yardbirds' American A-side singles up to that time, plus three B-sides and the live "Smokestack Lightning" from Having a Rave Up.[1] The album was their highest charting LP record in the US, peaking at number 28 on the Billboard 200 album chart.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

AllMusic critic Bruce Eder gave the album four and a half out of five stars, who comments "the whole platter summed up, just about as neatly as it was possible to do across just ten songs, what made the Yardbirds a great band."[2] He notes that since the focus is on "hits", most of the selections feature guitarist Jeff Beck, although Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page are represented with one song each.[2] Eder adds:

Given its layout and purpose, as well as complications brought about by the subsequent shifting ownership and licensing of different parts of the group's library, this ended up being the best single-disc LP compilation ever issued on this band ... And it was responsible for introducing many fans to the full range of the group's work.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Original Release Length
1. "Shapes of Things" Paul Samwell-Smith, Keith Relf, Jim McCarty Single 2:24
2. "Still I'm Sad" Smith, McCarty B-side "I'm a Man" (US) 2:59
3. "New York City Blues" Relf B-side "Shapes of Things" (US version 2) 4:17
4. "For Your Love" Graham Gouldman Single 2:27
5. "Over Under Sideways Down" Chris Dreja, McCarty, Jeff Beck, Relf, Samwell-Smith Single 2:22
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Original Release Length
1. "I'm a Man" Ellas McDaniel a.k.a. Bo Diddley Single (US) 2:35
2. "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" Relf, Dreja, McCarty, Beck, Jimmy Page Single 2:49
3. "Heart Full of Soul" Gouldman Single 2:28
4. "Smokestack Lightning" Chester Burnett a.k.a. Howlin' Wolf Five Live Yardbirds 5:35
5. "I'm Not Talking" Mose Allison B-side "Shapes of Things" (US version 1) 2:30

References[edit]

  1. ^ Russo, Greg (1998). Yardbirds: The Ultimate Rave-Up. Floral Park, New York: Crossfire Publications. p. 48. ISBN 0-9648157-3-7. 
  2. ^ a b c d Eder, Bruce. "The Yardbirds' Greatest Hits – Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 

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