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Product details

  • Audio CD (10 Jan. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sundazed
  • ASIN: B0049MTT6Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,657 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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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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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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.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Classic From The Yardbirds 5 Nov. 2012
By T. Davidson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
When this album came out in 1967, it was lost in the shuffle, because so many great albums came out that year. Flash forward to 1975, I was delivering soft water to houses. I went to service a soft water tank in this customer's garage, where he was in the process of cleaning it out. There were two boxes of record albums sitting in the corner, and he asked me if I wanted them, if not he was going to throw them out. I said hell yeah I'll take them. There were many gems in those two boxes, and one of them being this album. At this time the band was going through many changes, and in fact some of the band members were banned by the producer to appear on this record. With all these problems, the music still shines through. Jimmy Page the stalwart of the group, is just great. The song "White Summer," is an instumental that would be performed by his next group "Led Zeppelin."
The group is still evloving playing all sorts of physicdelia to standard blues covers to straight out pop. They just don't make 'em like this anymore. You really can't go wrong with any of the Yardbird's catalog. If you are unfamiliar with the group, I would start off with "Having A Rave Up," and go from there. One of the best groups to come out in the sixties.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Little Games in mono 23 Jun. 2014
By long live jeff beck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Last yardbirds album featuring jimmy page on guitar . Good songs but only give 4 stars because packaging could of been better. Over all love the mono sound prefer this than the stereo plus 2 bonus songs. recommend this any one who would want to buy this
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds Great on Vinyl! 22 July 2016
By BB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Great '60s album featuring Jimmy Page on guitar.
5.0 out of 5 stars JP....Still the best of the big 3 for me.... 29 April 2013
By Spider K. Blues - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Still Fantastic for me as i am the age of the Yardbirds and got every album when they were originally released. Just replacing older disc plus this had extra tracks....
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
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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.
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