Japanese Victor Corporation, better known as JVC, has issued their own remastered versions of the Yardbirds' classic mid-'60s recordings – including Having a Rave Up – independently of Repertoire Records' digipack-style reissues. The most obvious difference is their mini-LP sleeve packaging; but the JVC producers have also radically altered the song content of their Having a Rave Up CD, in recognition of the fact that the original U.S.-released LP's second side consisted of four live tracks taken from Five Live Yardbirds, which hadn't been issued in the U.S., but which does exist as a CD from JVC. Rather than repeat those four tracks from the other CD, the producers have eliminated them, keeping only the original LP's six studio tracks (all single A- and B-sides) from side one. They've loaded up 16 bonus tracks, including the sitar version of "Heart Full of Soul," the proto-metal "Shapes of Things," and the string-bending "New York City Blues" (which features Chris Dreja's most aggressive rhythm guitar work, as well as some of Jeff Beck's best lead playing), the Italian-language singles "Paff…Boom" and "Questa Volta," plus the German version of the former (all of which are essentially Keith Relf solo tracks), the Blow Up featured number "Stroll On" (featuring Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, in another premature heavy metal track), and the studio outtakes "For R.S.G." (the group's studio version of Bo Diddley's "Here 'Tis"), and the multiple Roger the Engineer demos ("What Do You Want," "Someone to Love" etc.).This Japanese import reissue contains 16 bonus cuts.
The Yardbirds are an English rock band that had a string of hits in the mid 1960s, including "For Your Love", "Over Under Sideways Down" and "Heart Full of Soul". The group is notable for having started the careers of three of rock's most famous guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, all of whom were in the top fifteen of Rolling Stone's 100 Top Guitarists list (Clapton as #4, Page as #9, and Beck as #14).
This DVD documentary has been released in the United States covering The Yardbirds' career from 1963 - 1968. Released by MVD Visual, "The Story of The Yardbirds" features interviews with band members and associates, archival footage and bonus material. Eric Clapton's tenure with the band is highlighted in live performance footage ("Louise" and "I Wish You Would") from 1964. There is lots of footage of Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page as well. The bonus material is Jimmy Page performing live in Germany in 1964.
Ultimate! is a comprehensive career retrospective album by English rock group the Yardbirds. The 52-song two–compact disc compilation was released in 2001 by Rhino Records. The tracks span the period from the group's first demo recordings in 1963 to the last singles in 1968. They include all 17 of the group's singles, both A-side and B-sides, supplemented with more than a dozen album tracks, their performance for the film Blow-Up, and three early solo numbers by singer Keith Relf.