Rhino is celebrating the career of the Yardbirds, the British guitar rock group that gave rise to the careers of Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page. The two-disc "The Yardbirds: Ultimate!," due J

Rhino is celebrating the career of the Yardbirds, the British guitar rock group that gave rise to the careers of Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page. The two-disc "The Yardbirds: Ultimate!," due July 17, features 53 tracks recorded between 1963 and 1968, including b-sides and solo recordings by late vocalist Keith Relf.

The first disc will concentrate on the group's early blues-based rock and pop period, while the second focuses on its psychedelic era, during which Beck replaced Clapton and began to experiment with distortion and feedback.

"Ultimate" also sports live cuts from a 1964 show (featuring Clapton on lead guitar) at London's Marquee Club, including "I Got Love if You Want It," "Smokestack Lightnin'," "Here 'Tis'," and "Too Much Monkey Business."

Thanks to its succession of superstar guitarists, the Yardbirds are considered one of the most influential bands in rock. The group had a string of U.K. and U.S. hits in the mid-'60s, including "For Your Love" (No. 6 U.S.) "Shapes of Things" (No. 11 U.S.) and "I'm a Man" (No. 17 U.S.). The Yardbirds are also one of the most re-packaged groups in history, with literally dozens of compilations released on various labels throughout the years.

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