The Yardbirds

Greatest Hits [Repertoire]

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Repertoire's Greatest Hits collection was the first CD compilation to combine the Yardbirds' 1964-1965-era hits, owned by Charly Records, with their 1967-1968 EMI-owned singles. The mix is a strange one, juxtaposing such powerful early singles as "For Your Love," "Heart Full of Soul," and "Still I'm Sad" alongside more pop-oriented late-era songs like "Little Games," "Ha Ha Said the Clown," and "Goodnight Sweet Josephine," as well as being decidedly incomplete -- without "Over Under Sideways Down" and "Happenings Ten Years' Time Ago" to show how the group closed out its best studio years, it's difficult to appreciate the singles that came after, which were better than they seemed though hardly in league with what came before. What's more, there's no annotation to explain any of this, or the absence of those key tracks. All of it has been supplanted by several more recent Repertoire reissues of the group's catalog and EMI's 2003-vintage re-release of Little Games.