The Yardbirds

Eric Clapton & the Yardbirds: The Yardbird Years

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A nice compilation no doubt, and also a fitting overview of Clapton's work with the Yardbirds, The Yardbird Years shouldn't disappoint unless one approaches it thinking that it's a definitive best-of -- because it's not. It seems to try and parade itself as being a one-stop single-disc best-of, as so many Yardbirds comps have done in the past. A casual glance at the track listing may indeed impress listeners -- after all, the Yardbirds recorded some great songs -- but upon a closer inspection, listeners may notice that most of the songs are live recordings; plus, there are more than a few questionable inclusions. In sum, once listeners look past this album's wannabe-definitive facade, they can come to see this album for what it is -- a capable, yet unfortunately hodgepodge, overview of Clapton's stint in the Yardbirds. It's still great music, but there are much better Yardbirds best-ofs out there, most notably the sure-fire Greatest Hits, Vol. 1: 1964-1966. This album actually works better as a compilation of live recordings. Too bad it wasn't packaged as such.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:17
2 2:55
3 4:10
4 4:19
5 2:59
6 2:24
7 2:17
8 1:55
9 2:37
10 3:45
11 3:49
12
feat: Eric Clapton
5:33
13 5:08
14 2:17
15 2:16
16
feat: Eric Clapton
2:33
17 2:51
18 1:58
19 2:17
20 2:27
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