THE YARDBIRDS - 'Little Games'/'Puzzles' (Columbia DB 8165) April 1967

The first fruits of the Mickie Most liaison with The Yardbirds came with this single from 1967 that failed to chart. As a consequence it's probably their most difficult UK release to find. Also it should be noted that the group had lost Jeff Beck at this point in time and were now a four piece.

'Little Games' appears to get more acclaim and it does have some interesting swinging London lyrics:

"Parties in Chelsea flats
Mixing with kinky cats."

I much prefer the psych rock charged flip 'Puzzles' complete with some killer Page guitar flashes and an excelent vocal performance by Keith Relf.
Despite 'Little Games' having a commercial pop appeal and the group still having obvious potential to create much more experimental pop music it sadly turned out to be The Yardbirds final UK release.

NME review - 15/04/67

Disc review - 15/04/67

'Sweet Josephine'/'Think About It' was scheduled as a single and acetates were manufactured. Columbia even gave it a serial number of DB 8368 but for whatever reason this proposed 45 was shelved in Britain although it did appear in other countries around the world.


  1. This is the only Yardbirds track that my computer will play, but what a corker! A really fine folkblues with great vocals, and Page is a revelation, it almost justifies the crap he played with Led Zeppelin.


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