If you're a fan of the Yardbirds' landmark work from the '60s, you just might love this album. It features rerecordings of eight of their heyday hits (including "For Your Love," "Shapes of Things," an

If you're a fan of the Yardbirds' landmark work from the '60s, you just might love this album. It features rerecordings of eight of their heyday hits (including "For Your Love," "Shapes of Things," and "Over Under Sideways Down"), seven tradesman-like new numbers, slick production, and stellar guest guitarists, including one-time Yardbird axeman Jeff Beck on "My Blind Life." But the fact is, this isn't really the Yardbirds. Two of the original members—Jim McCarty and Chris Dreja—are here, but that's it—and they aren't bringing anything new to the world of pop-rock. For the real treat, go back to the lo-fi original albums that brought Beck, Jimmy Page, and Eric Clapton to the world stage. That's where the magic is. There's nothing wrong with Birdland per se, other than it has the ring of name exploitation.—AZ

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