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Goodnight Sweet Yardbirds,
By A Customer
This review is from: Little Games Sessions & More (Audio CD)
When I was in high school in the late '70s and early '80s Jimmy Page's work with the Yardbirds had achieved a kind of mythic status. I say "mythic" because almost no one had actually heard any of it. Though most of the Clapton and Beck material was available, Jimmy Page's work with the band was mysteriously under-represented in the record stores. As it turns out, there was a pretty good reason for that. In spite of the staggering work that the Yardbirds did before Page's tenure in the group, and in spite of how brilliant Page's work was a year later with Led Zeppelin, "Little Games" never came close to realizing the band's potential. Though the Yardbirds were still reportedly a strong live act, "Little Games" and its associated singles was, for the most part, the weakest of the Yardbirds albums by far; let down by a producer intent on turning the band into a pop group, and weak material. To be sure, there signs of life here and there. "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor," for instance, was a strong single, with a fine bowed guitar solo from Page. And many tracks hint at directions Page would later pursue with Led Zep. If you're a new Yardbirds fan, though, start elsewhere; "Five Live Yardbirds" or "Roger the Engineer." "Little Games" is only for the completist.