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Upon release, the album was only released in the US, as the self-titled lead single failed to chart in the UK. ''Little Games'' ultimately failed in saving the band's declining commercial fortunes, as did the subsequent non-album singles. To this day, the album receives [[LoveItOrHateIt strong mixed reviews]], with some viewing the album as a psychedelic pop masterpiece, and others viewing it as the band's nadir. To sum it up, ''Little Games'' is The Yardbirds' ''Music/SmileySmile''. Interesting to note is that the band themselves have since expressed [[CreatorBacklash their dislike for this album, particularly Jimmy Page, who described the album as "horrible"]].

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Upon release, the album was only released in the US, as the self-titled lead single failed to chart in the UK. ''Little Games'' ultimately failed in saving the band's declining commercial fortunes, as did the subsequent non-album singles. To this day, the album receives [[LoveItOrHateIt strong mixed reviews]], reviews, with some viewing the album as a psychedelic pop masterpiece, and others viewing it as the band's nadir. To sum it up, ''Little Games'' is The Yardbirds' ''Music/SmileySmile''. Interesting to note is that the band themselves have since expressed [[CreatorBacklash their dislike for this album, particularly Jimmy Page, who described the album as "horrible"]].


'''''Little Games''''' is the fourth studio album by Music/TheYardbirds, released in 1967. It is their only studio album to feature [[Music/LedZeppelin Jimmy Page]], their first album without Paul Samwell-Smith and Music/JeffBeck, and their final studio album to feature Keith Relf. It is also their final studio album released before their break-up the following year, with their next studio album - ''Birdland'' - being released 36 years later. Produced by Mickie Most, ''Little Games'' is seen as an attempt to revitalise the band's popularity, which had been in decline for a while by then. As a result, the majority of the album is not seen as representative of the band's live sound, and Most has been largely blamed as a catalyst for the band's break-up the following year.

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'''''Little Games''''' ''Little Games'' is the fourth studio album by Music/TheYardbirds, released in 1967. It is their only studio album to feature [[Music/LedZeppelin Jimmy Page]], their first album without Paul Samwell-Smith and Music/JeffBeck, and their final studio album to feature Keith Relf. It is also their final studio album released before their break-up the following year, with their next studio album - ''Birdland'' - being released 36 years later. Produced by Mickie Most, ''Little Games'' is seen as an attempt to revitalise the band's popularity, which had been in decline for a while by then. As a result, the majority of the album is not seen as representative of the band's live sound, and Most has been largely blamed as a catalyst for the band's break-up the following year.


* TheShowMustGoWrong: The original LP misspelled Chris Dreja's name as "Ereja". Not the first time to happen to Dreja, as the US version of ''Music/OverUnderSidewaysDown'' misspells his name as "Drega", as well as [=McCarty=]'s name as "[=McCarthy=]".

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* TheShowMustGoWrong: The original LP misspelled Chris Dreja's name as "Ereja". Not the first time to happen to Dreja, as the US version of ''Music/OverUnderSidewaysDown'' ''[[Music/RogerTheEngineer Over Under Sideways Down]]'' misspells his name as "Drega", as well as [=McCarty=]'s name as "[=McCarthy=]".


--> ''Having buys it's fortune, fame''
--> ''Living's just a little game''

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--> ''Having -->''"Having buys it's fortune, fame''
--> ''Living's
fame\\
Living's
just a little game''game"''



* FaceOnTheCover / FloatingHeadSyndrome: The cover art depicts the band members as a series of floating heads.

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* FaceOnTheCover / FloatingHeadSyndrome: FaceOnTheCover[=/=]FloatingHeadSyndrome: The cover art depicts the band members as a series of floating heads.



* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: The subject of the TitleTrack.
-->''"Little games are for little boys\\
Loving games are for bigger boys\\
Parties in Chelsea flats\\
Mixing with kinky cats\\
Are games I wanna play some more"''



--> ''Glimpses of clouds in a forest''

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--> ''Glimpses ''"Glimpses of clouds in a forest''



--> ''Can overcome...''

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--> ''Can overcome...''"''


'''''Little Games''''' is the fourth studio album by Music/TheYardbirds, released in 1967. It is their only studio album to feature [[Music/LedZeppelin Jimmy Page]], their first album without Paul Samwell-Smith and Jeff Beck, and their final studio album to feature Keith Relf. It is also their final studio album released before their break-up the following year, with their next studio album - ''Birdland'' - being released 36 years later. Produced by Mickie Most, ''Little Games'' is seen as an attempt to revitalise the band's popularity, which had been in decline for a while by then. As a result, the majority of the album is not seen as representative of the band's live sound, and Most has been largely blamed as a catalyst for the band's break-up the following year.

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'''''Little Games''''' is the fourth studio album by Music/TheYardbirds, released in 1967. It is their only studio album to feature [[Music/LedZeppelin Jimmy Page]], their first album without Paul Samwell-Smith and Jeff Beck, Music/JeffBeck, and their final studio album to feature Keith Relf. It is also their final studio album released before their break-up the following year, with their next studio album - ''Birdland'' - being released 36 years later. Produced by Mickie Most, ''Little Games'' is seen as an attempt to revitalise the band's popularity, which had been in decline for a while by then. As a result, the majority of the album is not seen as representative of the band's live sound, and Most has been largely blamed as a catalyst for the band's break-up the following year.


Upon release, the album was only released in the US, as the self-titled lead single failed to chart in the UK. ''Little Games'' ultimately failed in saving the band's declining commercial fortunes, as did the subsequent non-album singles. To this day, the album receives [[LoveItOrHateIt strong mixed reviews]], with some viewing the album as a psychedelic pop masterpiece, and others viewing it as the band's nadir. To sum it up, ''Little Games'' is The Yardbirds' ''Music/SmileySmile''.

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Upon release, the album was only released in the US, as the self-titled lead single failed to chart in the UK. ''Little Games'' ultimately failed in saving the band's declining commercial fortunes, as did the subsequent non-album singles. To this day, the album receives [[LoveItOrHateIt strong mixed reviews]], with some viewing the album as a psychedelic pop masterpiece, and others viewing it as the band's nadir. To sum it up, ''Little Games'' is The Yardbirds' ''Music/SmileySmile''.
''Music/SmileySmile''. Interesting to note is that the band themselves have since expressed [[CreatorBacklash their dislike for this album, particularly Jimmy Page, who described the album as "horrible"]].



* CreatorBacklash: The Yardbirds have since expressed their dislike for this album, particularly Page, who described the album as "horrible".


* TheShowMustGoWrong: The original LP misspelled Chris Dreja's name as "Ereja". Not the first time to happen to Dreja, as the US version of ''[[Music/RogerTheEngineer Over Under Sideways Down]]'' misspells his name as "Drega", as well as [=McCarty=]'s name as "[=McCarthy=]".

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* TheShowMustGoWrong: The original LP misspelled Chris Dreja's name as "Ereja". Not the first time to happen to Dreja, as the US version of ''[[Music/RogerTheEngineer Over Under Sideways Down]]'' ''Music/OverUnderSidewaysDown'' misspells his name as "Drega", as well as [=McCarty=]'s name as "[=McCarthy=]".

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[[caption-width-right:350:''Little Games''.]]

'''''Little Games''''' is the fourth studio album by Music/TheYardbirds, released in 1967. It is their only studio album to feature [[Music/LedZeppelin Jimmy Page]], their first album without Paul Samwell-Smith and Jeff Beck, and their final studio album to feature Keith Relf. It is also their final studio album released before their break-up the following year, with their next studio album - ''Birdland'' - being released 36 years later. Produced by Mickie Most, ''Little Games'' is seen as an attempt to revitalise the band's popularity, which had been in decline for a while by then. As a result, the majority of the album is not seen as representative of the band's live sound, and Most has been largely blamed as a catalyst for the band's break-up the following year.

Upon release, the album was only released in the US, as the self-titled lead single failed to chart in the UK. ''Little Games'' ultimately failed in saving the band's declining commercial fortunes, as did the subsequent non-album singles. To this day, the album receives [[LoveItOrHateIt strong mixed reviews]], with some viewing the album as a psychedelic pop masterpiece, and others viewing it as the band's nadir. To sum it up, ''Little Games'' is The Yardbirds' ''Music/SmileySmile''.

Fan favourites include the title track, "White Summer", "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor", "Glimpses" and "Drinking Muddy Water".

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!! Tracklist:

[[AC: Side One]]

# "Little Games" (2:25)
# "Smile On Me" (3:16)
# "White Summer" (3:56)
# "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor" (2:49)
# "Glimpses" (4:24)

[[AC: Side Two]]

# "Drinking Muddy Water" (2:53)
# "No Excess Baggage" (2:32)
# "Stealing Stealing" (2:42)
# "Only The Black Rose" (2:52)
# "Little Soldier Boy" (2:39)

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!!Principal Members:

* Chris Dreja - bass, vocals
* Jim [=McCarty=] - drums, percussion, vocals
* [[Music/LedZeppelin Jimmy Page]] - guitar
* Keith Relf - lead vocals, harmonica, percussion

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!! Only The Black Tropes:

* AlbumTitleDrop: Aside from the title track, "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor":
--> ''Having buys it's fortune, fame''
--> ''Living's just a little game''
* AlliterativeTitle: "'''T'''inker '''T'''ailor '''S'''oldier '''S'''ailor".
* CreatorBacklash: The Yardbirds have since expressed their dislike for this album, particularly Page, who described the album as "horrible".
* CoverVersion: "Drinking Muddy Water" is a cover of the Music/MuddyWaters song "Rollin' And Tumblin'" in all but name and credits. "Smile On Me" is a re-working of Howlin' Wolf's "Shake For Me". "Stealing Stealing" is a blues song originally by Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers. Furthermore, "Little Games" and "No Excess Baggage" were written by outside songwriters.
* DesignStudentsOrgasm: The '''very''' psychedelic album cover.
* FaceOnTheCover / FloatingHeadSyndrome: The cover art depicts the band members as a series of floating heads.
* {{Instrumental}}: "White Summer".
* NewSoundAlbum: At least compared to ''Music/RogerTheEngineer'', this album leans more towards psychedelic pop, as well as folk influences. No doubt the result of major line-up changes in 1966 as well as their collaboration with producer Mickie Most.
* OneWordTitle: "Glimpses".
* RecordProducer: Mickie Most, famous for his work with Music/TheAnimals and Music/HermansHermits, among others.
* ShoutOut: "Drinking Muddy Water" is a fairly obvious reference to Music/MuddyWaters. Rather fitting, considering that it's essentially a reworking of his song "Rollin' And Tumblin'".
* TheShowMustGoWrong: The original LP misspelled Chris Dreja's name as "Ereja". Not the first time to happen to Dreja, as the US version of ''[[Music/RogerTheEngineer Over Under Sideways Down]]'' misspells his name as "Drega", as well as [=McCarty=]'s name as "[=McCarthy=]".
* SpecialGuest: Ian Stewart of Music/TheRollingStones plays piano on "Drinking Muddy Water". As a session musician [[Music/LedZeppelin John Paul Jones]] plays bass on "Little Games" and "No Excess Baggage".
* SpokenWordInMusic: During "Glimpses" we hear a faint, barely audible voice reciting the text:
--> ''Glimpses of clouds in a forest''
--> ''Can review well within us''
--> ''And never to linger on one is life''
--> ''Energy radiates from the source''
--> ''The life around us is but a reflection of our own''
--> ''Flowing within never-ending boundless infinity''
--> ''Time is just a cumular limit''
--> ''Which with one glimpse can overcome''
--> ''Can overcome...''
* TitleTrack: "Little Games".
* WorldMusic: "White Summer" has an Eastern music sound, exemplified by an oboe and an Indian-percussion tabla. During "Glimpses" a sitar plays.

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