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Little Games Sessions and More

Little Games Sessions and More

Little Games Sessions and More is a two-CD set that assembles the complete Little Games album and all of the usable rehearsals, unmixed backing tracks, and alternate takes associated with it, along with a few Yardbirds-related holdings in the EMI vaults. For a variety of reasons (not all the fault of the band), Little Games was the Yardbirds' least successful album, but it was also their only full-length studio recording featuring guitarist Jimmy Page, who seems to have refrained from exerting his musical inclinations, in keeping with the desires of producer Mickie Most's quest for a pop/rock tone to the album. The odd B-sides, outtakes, alternate takes, and bonus tracks reveal a high level of virtuosity that Most failed to exploit -- the unanthologized B-sides "Puzzles" and "Think About It," the acoustic version of "White Summer," and the punchier mono mixes of "Little Games" and "Drinking Muddy Water" are superior to much on the finished album; other tracks like the instrumental backing track for "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor" and an alternate version of "Glimpses" merely fill in holes for Page completists. Keith Relf and Jim McCarty's post-Yardbirds acoustic duo, Together, which evolved into the original Renaissance, is also represented on three tracks, doing the brand of folkish soft rock that they favored.

Track listing

Disc one (*Unreleased track in the U.S.)

  1. "Little Games" [Stereo Mix] (Phil Wainman, Harold Spiro) – 2:39
  2. "Smile On Me" (Jimmy Page, Jim McCarty, Chris Dreja, Keith Relf) – 3:20
  3. "White Summer" (Jimmy Page) – 3:59 (Slightly extended version with quick snatch of studio chatter at the end)
  4. "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor" [Vocal version] (Jimmy Page, Jim McCarty) – 2:53
  5. "Glimpses" [Version 1] (Jimmy Page, Jim McCarty, Chris Dreja, Keith Relf) – 4:23
  6. "Drinking Muddy Water" [Stereo Mix] (Jimmy Page, Jim McCarty, Chris Dreja, Keith Relf) - 2:54
  7. "No Excess Baggage" (Roger Atkins) - 2:39
  8. "Stealing Stealing" (Jimmy Page, Jim McCarty, Chris Dreja, Keith Relf) - 2:36 (Extended version)
  9. "Only The Black Rose" (Keith Relf) - 2:50 (Backwards drum beat on this remix is faded out before falling out of sync with the rest of the track as noticeably heard on the original LP version)
  10. "Little Soldier Boy" (Jimmy Page, Jim McCarty, Keith Relf) - 2:44
  11. "Puzzles" (Jimmy Page, Jim McCarty, Chris Dreja, Keith Relf) - 2:10
  12. "I Remember The Night*" (Anthony Pirollo) - 3:03 (Lead vocal by Jim McCarty)
  13. "Ha Ha Said The Clown" (Tony Hazzard) - 2:30
  14. "Ten Little Indians" [Vocal version] (Harry Nilsson) - 2:15
  15. "Goodnight Sweet Josephine" (Tony Hazzard) - 2:44 (U.S. version excluding Dreja & McCarty)
  16. "Think About It" (Jimmy Page, Jim McCarty, Keith Relf) - 3:45

Disc two (*Unreleased tracks, **Unreleased in U.S.)

  1. "Little Games" [Mono Mix] (Phil Wainman, Harold Spiro) - 2:24
  2. "You Stole My Love**" (Graham Gouldman) - 2:57
  3. "White Summer*" [Acoustic Version]" (Jimmy Page) - 3:53 (Same guitar tracking as the album release)
  4. "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor*" [Instrumental] (Jimmy Page, Jim McCarty) - 2:56
  5. "L.S.D.**" (Jimmy Page, Jim McCarty, Chris Dreja) - 1:01
  6. "Drinking Muddy Water" [Mono Mix] (Jimmy Page, Jim McCarty, Chris Dreja, Keith Relf) - 2:52
  7. "De Lane Lea Lee**" (Jimmy Page, Jim McCarty, Chris Dreja) - 2:35 (Featuring nearly inaudible spoken passages by Jimmy Page)
  8. "Glimpses*" [Version 2] (Jimmy Page, Jim McCarty, Chris Dreja, Keith Relf) - 4:20 (''Excludes spoken interlude, train sounds and kids voices. Ending riff is also echoless")
  9. "Never Mind**" (Jimmy Page, Jim McCarty, Chris Dreja) - 2:48
  10. "Ten Little Indians*" (Instrumental) (Harry Nilsson) - 2:17 (Different take than the vocal release)
  11. "Goodnight Sweet Josephine**" (Tony Hazzard) - 2:44 (U.K. version featuring entire group)
  12. "Henry's Coming Home**" (Jim McCarty, Keith Relf) - 2:59
  13. "Love Mum And Dad**" (Jim McCarty, Keith Relf) - 3:50
  14. "Together Now**" (Jim McCarty, Keith Relf) - 3:05 (This and the above two tracks by first post-Yardbirds group Together, featuring Relf & McCarty. All three tracks produced by Paul Samwell-Smith)
  15. "Shining Where the Sun Has Been*" (Jim McCarty, Keith Relf)- 2:53 (By Keith Relf & Jim McCarty. Acetate recording owned by Jim McCarty)
  16. "Great Shakes, US Commercial*" - 1:01

Personnel

Additional personnel

Production

  • Producer: Adam Block & Mickie Most
  • Engineer: Kevin Reeves

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