The Yardbirds’ Live At The BBC has everything you expect from an album of 1960s BBC sessions: songs that stick closely to the familiar versions from albums and singles, awkward interviews with terminally unhip BBC announcers, and some exclusive songs you can’t hear anywhere else. The majority of these tracks are from Jeff Beck’s tenure as lead guitarist, two sessions come from the Jimmy Page era (he rips off a great solo on “Think About It”), and there’s nothing from the Eric Clapton years, as he left just prior to their first session. Also missing are any songs from the brief period when Beck and Page both played guitar in the band. Regardless of who was in the band at any given session, The Yardbirds turn in great performances, and the audio is sourced from well-preserved tapes, which is not always the case for archival BBC releases. The songs they never released outside of BBC are a mixed bag. “Hang On Sloopy” isn’t a particularly inspired cover, though it’s interesting to hear The Yardbirds tackle such a light-hearted tune. Bob Dylan’s “Most Likely You’ll Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)” is a better fit, and if singer Keith Relf isn’t exactly a convincing surrogate for Dylan’s lyrics, at least the band attack the music well. Lastly, “Love Me Like I Love You” is an original tune from a June 1965 session they never released elsewhere. It’s a relatively boring throwback to the band’s poppy British Invasion origins, but with a killer Jeff Beck solo that saves the day. Though it’s not ideal for casual fans, The Yardbirds faithful will love The BBC Sessions, and even if you’ve bought previous versions, the expanded tracklist and improved audio make this new edition the one to own.