Sunday 26 July 2020
Yardbirds - Little Games (1967)
The third and final album from this English band.
The band was a quartet on this album with a lineup of guitars, bass, percussion, harmonica and vocals.
Jimmy Page was on guitars here after a long apprenticeship as a studio musician. Keith Relf was still on vocals with Jim McCarty did the drums and Chris Dreja. The two latter ones reformed Yardbirds and released an album in 2003.
Keith Relf formed Renaissance/Illusion and Jimmy Page formed New Yardbirds and then renamed the band to Led Zeppelin with the same New Yardbirds personell.
The rest is history.
Yardbirds has a messy discography. Their importance and place in history is undisputed, though. It is a band none can bypass.
Little Games starts with the rather sweet beat song of the same name. Then we get a blues song where Jimmy Pages spreads his wings before we end up with a composition later used by Led Zeppelin. It is called White Summer and it can be found on several Led Zeppelin compilation albums.
The rest of the album is a mix of beat and blues songs. This album leaves no doubts where the origins of Led Zeppelin comes from. It is an album who has at least two fingers pointing towards the first Led Zeppelin album.
Besides of that, this is also a good album in it's own right. There are some really good blues and beat stuff here and this album should really be checked out. It is indeed one of the best 1960s album I have ever heard. It is still relevant to this day.