The key selling point of this two-disc, 52-track set is major: It's the first Yardbirds collection to include all three of the immensely influential, ever-experimental English group's long-since beati

The key selling point of this two-disc, 52-track set is major: It's the first Yardbirds collection to include all three of the immensely influential, ever-experimental English group's long-since beatified lead guitarists, in chronological order—Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. Spanning 1963-'68 and broken down into "eras" according to producers and management, the compilation also traces the Yardbirds' progression from their beginnings as a blues-based garage-rock group into one of the most memorable singles bands of the '60s. Highlights include the Graham Gouldman-penned "For Your Love," "Heart Full of Soul," such psychedelic-styled compositions as "Shapes of Things" and "Over Under Sideways Down," and the rave-up cover of Bo Diddley's "I'm a Man." The second disc ends with three cuts from the solo recordings of lead singer/harmonica player Keith Relf, who died tragically in 1976.—JB

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