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Little Games [Digipak]

  • 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
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 6269

  • Credits

    LITTLE GAMES SESSIONS & MORE includes a 28-page booklet with extensive liner notes, photos, track annotations and discography.
    The Yardbirds: Keith Relf (vocals); Jimmy Page (guitar); Chris Dreja (bass); Jim McCarty (drums).
    Producers: Mickie Most, Paul Samwell-Smith.
    Compilation producer: Ron Furmanek.
    Recorded at De Lane Lea Studios, Olympic Studios and Abbey Road Studios, London, England in 1967 & 1968. Includes liner notes by Greg Russo.
    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    The 1996 rerelease of LITTLE GAMES includes the entire original album as well as 16 extra tracks, principally from the LITTLE GAMES recording sessions.
    The Yardbirds: Keith Relf (vocals); Jimmy Page (guitar); Chris Dreja (bass); Jim McCarty (drums).
    Recorded between 1966 and July 6, 1968. Includes liner notes by Greg Russo.
    Digitally remastered by Kevin Reeves in April 1996 (Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood, California).
    Personnel: Keith Relf (vocals, harmonica, tambourine); Jimmy Page (guitar); Jim McCarty (drums, percussion).
    By the time Jeff Beck left the Yardbirds in late 1966, the group was down to a four-piece, with former session-man Jimmy Page left to handle the guitar duties. As the group disintegrated over the next year and a half, Page would end up taking the remnants of this group and turning it into Led Zeppelin.
    This two-disc set includes LITTLE GAMES, the final Yardbirds project, as well as outtakes, and a few singles by Together, a group featuring Jim McCarty and Keith Relf. Despite the commercial problems facing the Yardbirds at the time, LITTLE GAMES showed a good deal of experimentation--with psychedelia ("Glimpses"), social commentary ("Little Soldier Boy") and with the group's beloved blues ("Drinking Muddy Water"). Page's influence resonates throughout, particularly on the acoustic "White Summer," which later had parts recycled in the Zeppelin classics "Over The Hills And Far Away" and "Black Mountain Side." The historical importance of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor" lay in the fact that it was the first time Jimmy Page employed the bowing technique which he became renowned for later in his career.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.64) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he Yardbirds summoned strong psychedelic nerve here..."
    Entertainment Weekly (9/18/92, p.78) - "..boasts a somewhat academic excavation of illuminating, if esoteric, rarities and outtakes.." - Rating: B
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