ARTIST: The Yardbirds
TITLE: Little Games
YEAR RELEASED: 1967
CHART ACTION: #80
SINGLES: Little Games (#51)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Drinking Muddy Water
LINEUP: Keith Relf, Jimmy Page, Chris Dreja, Jim McCarty with session help.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: They fired Jeff Beck but had Jimmy Page. They hired Mickey Most as producer. The latter was a big mistake and basically ended the band.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Mickey Most was a long-time producer in the UK and created some classic hit singles, but when he was brought together with the Yardbirds it was a mismatch.
The record company wanted hit singles, but the band had moved, on stage, to more of a blues-rock improvisational vibe, utilizing the strengths of Jimmy Page. They lost Paul Samwell-Smith, who was the musical director of the group, and that no doubt hurt them in the studio.
The singles (which only one appeared on the album) were by outside writers and not at all in the style of the band, and the other cuts were rushed through the entire process in just three days since Most thought albums were a waste. There’s not really much to recommend here, which is sad. The title track was OK, and a couple of tracks have good guitar and melodies, but it’s really short and incomplete.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This wasn’t even released in the UK after the single “Little Games” stiffed.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: A couple. There’s one with outtakes, and demos, and one with the last singles appended (“Ha Has Said the Clown” (#45), “Ten Little Indians” (#96), “Goodnight Sweet Josephine” (#127).
GRADE: C-: Only a couple will escape the exiling. This is just a sad way for the Yardbirds to leave the stage.