jeff beck happens to be my favorite guitarist , but he does seem to be overshadowed quite often.
perhaps it's the fact that his work does not necessarily correspond with the time period in which he made many of his works, similar to the velvet underground who i happen to like as well.
however, he was the most productive of the yardbirds and was their guitarist when they were on the top of the world. you just got to love the beginning of heart full of soul. i mean, riffs are great, but he takes guitars to a whole new level.