Greatest Hits, Vol. 1: 1964-1966

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In many ways, Rhino's 1986 compilation Greatest Hits, Vol. 1: 1964-1966 is the standard-bearer among Yardbirds hits collections, largely because it is the one that was available domestically in the U.S. for so many years. It is undeniably excellent, containing a lion's share of the Yardbirds' biggest hits, but it bears a couple of major flaws that keep it from being a definitive single-disc set. First off, it is effectively a document of the Yardbirds with Eric Clapton, as it stops in 1966 just after Jeff Beck replaced Clapton as the group's lead guitarist. This happens to be the time they switched labels, but that is less of a clean break than it reads, since ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In many ways, Rhino's 1986 compilation Greatest Hits, Vol. 1: 1964-1966 is the standard-bearer among Yardbirds hits collections, largely because it is the one that was available domestically in the U.S. for so many years. It is undeniably excellent, containing a lion's share of the Yardbirds' biggest hits, but it bears a couple of major flaws that keep it from being a definitive single-disc set. First off, it is effectively a document of the Yardbirds with Eric Clapton, as it stops in 1966 just after Jeff Beck replaced Clapton as the group's lead guitarist. This happens to be the time they switched labels, but that is less of a clean break than it reads, since the Yardbirds started to get further out when Beck joined the group, as captured here by the droning "Still I'm Sad," the frenzied rave-up of "I'm a Man," the minor-key menace of "Evil Hearted You," and the bright piercing psychedelia of "Shapes of Things." Here, these tracks are mixed up with the bluesier cuts from the Clapton era, and this non-chronological sequencing -- while not distracting -- doesn't quite have the same dramatic impact as following the band single by single. All the noteworthy hits comps that followed in the wake of this 1986 comp did wind up following that blueprint, whether it was Raven's single-disc sets Over Under Sideways Down and Happenings Ten Years Time Ago or Rhino's splendid double-disc Ultimate! set, which contains every one of the tracks from Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 save "Putty In Your Hands," an atypically fluffy pop tune that's fun but not essential. All of these also have the benefit of fully exploring Beck's tenure with the band as well as Jimmy Page's stint toward the group's demise, so they are preferable to this set, but it's still hard to knock this Greatest Hits, Vol. 1, as it was the first hits compilation to take a serious approach to the band's catalog and it remains a dynamite listen on its own terms.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2008
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227991562
  • Catalog Number: 512216
  • Sales rank: 21,528

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Yardbirds Primary Artist
Jeff Beck Guitar
Technical Credits
Jim McCarty Composer
Howlin' Wolf Composer
Giorgio Gomelsky Producer, Original Analog Production
Bill Inglot Producer
Big John Patton Composer
Jimmy Rogers Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson I Composer
Parke Puterbaugh Liner Notes, Annotation
Don "DJ Snake" Brown Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pivotal classic rock

    The Yardbirds' mid-60s recordings are of special interest to rock fans seeking the genesis of hard rock and metal. This collection includes many key tracks marking the evolution of rock from Beatly-pop to fuzz-toned psychedelia, and it also features some hot early guitar playing from Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck. Highlights include the melodic 'You're a Better Man Than I', a thrilling rendition of 'Train Kept-a-Rollin' and the seminal proto-metal classic 'Shapes of Things'. The only problem with this collection is that it was all recorded in mono, and one can't help but wonder how good it would sound in stereo. A minor quibble.

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