The Yardbirds – Little Games

Top-notch 1967 reissue plus zany studio and BBC sessions

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This Jimmy Page-era gem captures The Yardbirds in their hard psych-blues pomp, mixing bought-in British hit factory items like the Fabulous Flakes’ “No Excess Baggage” with pre-Zep blueprints like the trance-rock “Glimpses” and “Only The Black Rose”. Fans will gravitate quickly towards the sessions, which include bizarre covers of Nilsson’s “Ten Little Indians” and Manfred Mann’s “Ha Ha Said The Clown”. The Beeb cuts are equally intriguing as the band tackle Maurice Chevalier chanson, Bobby Dylan and the riffy blitz of “Dazed And Confused”. Listen up, all you White Stripers.

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