The Yardbirds’ Live At The BBC has everything you’d expect from an album of 1960s BBC sessions: familiar singles, awkward interviews with terminally unhip BBC announcers, and some exclusives you can’t hear anywhere else. The majority of these tracks are from Jeff Beck’s tenure as lead guitarist, two sessions are from the Jimmy Page era (he does 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. None of these recordings are from the brief period when Beck and Page both played guitar in the band. Regardless of who was or wasn’t in the band at any given session, The Yardbirds turn in a series of great performances, and the audio is sourced from well-preserved tapes, which isn’t always the case for archival BBC releases. The exclusive tracks are a mixed bag. A cover of “Hang On Sloopy” isn’t particularly inspired, 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 delivery system for Dylan’s lyrics, at least the band attack the music with ferocity. Lastly, “Love Me Like I Love You” is an original tune from a June 1965 session never released elsewhere. It’s a relatively boring throwback to the band’s poppy British Invasion origins, but Jeff Beck’s killer solo 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.