Product Code: SCXM 5018
Artist: Yardbirds The
Origin: New Zealand
Label: Columbia (1967)
Format: LP
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Cover: VG
Record: VG+
Genre: Blues Rock , Garage Rock , Rock U

The Yardbirds' Greatest Hits

Good vinyl with minor marks housed in a gloss cover  showing minor shelf wear and staining on rear.

The Yardbirds Greatest Hits is the first compilation album of songs recorded by the Yardbirds. It was released in the United States in March 1967 by Epic Records and included all six of the Yardbirds' American A-side singles up to that time, plus three B-sides and the live "Smokestack Lightning" from Having a Rave Up and Five Live Yardbirds.[1]

The album was the group's highest charting LP record in the US, peaking at number 28 on the Billboard 200 album chart.[2] Despite the modest peak, it ranked number 73 on the magazine's year-end "Top LP's – 1967" chart because of its longevity.[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

AlllMusic critic Bruce Eder gave the album four and a half out of five stars, who comments "the whole platter summed up, just about as neatly as it was possible to do across just ten songs, what made the Yardbirds a great band."[2]  He notes that since the focus is on "hits", most of the selections feature guitarist Jeff Beck, although Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page are represented with one song each.[2]  Eder adds:

Given its layout and purpose, as well as complications brought about by the subsequent shifting ownership and licensing of different parts of the group's library, this ended up being the best single-disc LP compilation ever issued on this band ... And it was responsible for introducing many fans to the full range of the group's work.