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Little Games

Yardbirds Audio CD
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The Yardbirds are mostly known to the casual rock fan as the starting point for three of the greatest British rock guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. Undoubtedly, these three figures did much to shape the group's sound, but throughout their career, the Yardbirds were very much a unit, albeit a rather unstable one. And they were truly one of the great rock bands; one whose ... Read more in Amazon's Yardbirds Store

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  • Audio CD (10 Jan 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sundazed
  • ASIN: B0049MTT6Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,735 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Little Games
2. Smile on Me
3. White Summer
4. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor
5. Glimpses
6. Drinking Muddy Water
7. No Excess Baggage
8. Stealing, Stealing
9. Only the Black Rose
10. Little Soldier Boy
11. Puzzles
12. I Remember The Night

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last of the Yardbirds 14 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
As for the songs on this album, I don't see how anyone can complain about them at all. Jeff Beck was long gone when this was made, and Jimmy Page had taken over at lead, but needless to say he took up the duty in great form, and showed he had the talent which later gathered acclaim when he was in Led Zeppelin. Chris Dreja had also taken over from Paul Samwell-Smith at bass, and also did a fine job on this album. Keith Relf sings well, and his harmonica playing is as good as ever. In my opinion, this album was where pop music was at in 1967.
The Yardbirds were always a pop band; they just had huge talents enough to deliver great versions of the blues, rock like no one else of the era, and had enough versatility to bring off folk music and the experimental pieces for which they became famous. I find Mickey Most did a very good job of recording this; Jimmy Page's acoustic guitar on "Only the Black Rose" sounds like you are actually there with it. Rockers like "Little Games" (featuring an unusual rhythm pulled off nicely by Jim McCarty) "Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor", "Smile on Me" and "Drinking Muddy Water" show Page doing some outstanding guitar work in the Jeff Beck mode, and featuring one of the first uses of the wah-wah pedal and the e-bow. The wah-wah pedal was also featured on "Glimpses", about which I fully concur with other reviewers of this record, as being very special, as well as being very well recorded, a true musical venture into surrealism that was unique for its time and prescient and influential over many others yet to come from other artists.
Perhaps it is the very versatility of this album of which others complain, but to me, that makes it all the more special and valuable, a great addition to the Yardbirds' ouevre, and very worthy of owning, coming from a very special group out of a very special time in pop music history. This album is a transition from the old Yardbirds towards Led Zeppelin. You will not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars worth checking out! 25 May 2014
Format:Audio CD
Don't be put off by the down reviews on this one. It's a complicated story. Ignore the few commercial tracks of dross that were foisted on them by hit fixated producer Mickey Most and what's left is actually pretty good stuff and well worth the price of entry. It's a tantalizing glimpse into what might have been. If they had been allowed to have a few months off after the burn out of continual touring and space to work up more of their own own songs and produce themselves with decent studio time, this would have been a great album. What they got was Mickey Most looking for chart stuff and a week in the studio,so,program out the three or four pieces of crap and what you get is a 'what could have been' and highly enjoyable it is too!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best album from the Yardbirds 31 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD
"Little Games" by the Yardbirds was released on vinyl in July 1967. There are 12 tracks on this album, and the total running time is ca. 37 minutes. Now it is available on a CD from the label Sundazed.

[An expanded version called Little Games Sessions & More was released on 2 CDs in 1992. This version is not under review here.]

The Yardbirds is the name of a band which was active 1963-1968. During those five years the band played several types of music (blues, rock, and pop) and the line-up of the band changed several times. The Yardbirds is a well-known name, because three world class rock guitarists began their career in this band: the first Eric Clapton, the second Jeff Beck, and the third Jimmy Page.

** Eric Clapton (born 1945) played with the Yardbirds from October 1963 to March 1965. Later he was a member of Cream.

** Jeff Beck (born 1944) played with the Yardbirds from March 1965 to October 1966. Later he performed with Rod Stewart.

** Jimmy Page (born 1944) played with the Yardbirds from June 1966 to July 1968. Later he formed Led Zeppelin.

Other members of the band were:

* Keith Relf (1943-1976) - vocals and harmonica (1963-1968)
* Chris Dreja (born 1945) - rhythm and bass (1963-1968)

* Jim McCarty (born 1943) - drums (1963-1968)
* Paul Samwell-Smith (born 1943) - bass (1963-1966)

In 1992 the Yardbirds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the same year the band was reformed with two of the original members - Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty - plus some new members. They released an album called
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, otherwordly final album from the Yardbirds 30 Jan 2011
By Valnastar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As soon as this album came back in print in December 2010 I ordered a copy. While the packaging is slim here, no liner notes or stereo remix and just two extra tracks, the sound is crisp and clear and the original album being released gets the good sound quality and presentation it deserves even if it's lacking in any added extras. While many Yardbirds tracks were staples of classic rock FM radio stations for many years, you're unlikely to have heard any tracks from this album on the radio, which is a shame because there's some fantastic, otherworldly music here. This album shows a clear progression from their earlier work of experimenting with eerie, surreal sounds mixed with traditional rock and roll and blues themes. You'll also hear some guitar riffs from Jimmy Page here that clearly got reused and expanded in a later Led Zeppelin song. My favorite track is the eerie and hypnotic Glimpses, I could listen to it all day and still find it mesmerizing. Anyone interested in the Yardbirds and their successor Led Zeppelin should enjoy this immensely. I'm glad this is a CD because if it was a vinyl album I already would have worn it out!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Mono Great 10 Jan 2011
By Leggo Ami - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A fine, fine album mixing all the things the Yardbirds did well...rock from a blues angle, pop, weird doomy instrumentals, unusual percussion, and the odd novelty song. In fact, though most Yardbirds fans have traditionally "dissed" this album because, gasp, Mickie Most produced it (he did a great job in my estimation and certainly DID know what was going on in pop), Little Games follows exactly the same format as Over, Under, Sideways Down: some pop, some blues, some awesome riff-heavy rock, a doomy instrumental, and a novelty song. It's a great record.

The Sundazed mono remaster sounds great...but, jeez, this is among the most "down-sized" packaging ever. A digipak one fold sleeve, no booklet (!), something the label always excelled at, no track-by-track list of players, nothing. I detract one star for that. Apparently, according to my insider info, EMI would only allow Sundazed to do this bare bones package (i.e. no booklet). It was either do it our way or no way. Very odd policy given EMI's own decent booklets. So...apparently Sundazed, our friends from Coxsackie, are not to blame.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sound! (Skimpy pacaking) 22 Dec 2010
By Russell Garrett - Published on Amazon.com
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The mono sound is crisp and tasty! You really cant get better sound than this. Call me an old geezer but I prefer this mix to the stereo. This album would have received 5 stars from me except for the fact that the packaging is bare-boned. No liner notes or booklet. If there is any faulting the material on the album it rests with producer Mickie Most who was really a "Top 40" guy and didnt have a firm grasp on where music was heading in 1967. But even with a couple of semi-novelty tunes the album sparkles. The current line up of The Yardbirds still perform songs from this album. Catch them in action if you can. You wont be sorry.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yardbirds - 'Little Games' (Sundazed) 26 Mar 2011
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Twelve track CD reissue of the (sort to speak) lesser-known 1967 Yardbirds album. Has a number of what some fans refer to as Yardbirds 'deep album cuts'. Like "Smile On Me", the ass-kicking "White Summer", the tripping "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor", the awesome "Drinking Muddy Water", "No Excess Baggage" (don't even remember this song at all) and "Only The Black Rose". Haven't heard most of these songs in ages. Saw that there's a Japanese import of this same title with a load of them blessed bonus cuts tacked on. I'm not ready for that CD yet - I'm still thoroughly enjoying this Sundazed edition of a vital Yardbirds catalog pick. Highly recommended.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but the weakest of their albums 24 July 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I wish that Little Games was on par with the rest of The Yardbirds discography but it's not. It not only has a weaker set of songs but the guitar work, with no disrespect to Jimmy Page, is just not as exciting or interesting. The album is less bluesy, less quirky, and just doesn't have the amazing breadth and range of songs found on their previous albums.

I don't regret buying Little Games, especially to hear the live version of Dazed and Confused, which is of poor quality but is still interesting to hear. In my opinion the song Only The Black Rose is the best one on the album. I Remember The Night is a fun song, Drinking Muddy Water has the excitement of previous Yardbirds tracks, My Baby is pretty good, and White Summer is a good song.

I just wish the core album was as solid as some of the other albums in their library
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