November 24, 2009 – 2:10 pm

Longtime music fan and ICE contributor shares his rare music with all.

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Little Games Session Tapes [no label, 2CD]

Rough mixes and studio sessions. Excellent soundboards.

Some see The Yardbirds’ Little Games album in 1967 as marking the end of an era. The group started out as a blues outfit in 1963 and, along the way, featured guitar legends Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page in its lineup - and it’s hard to beat that. But by Little Games, Clapton and Beck had already left and the group’s earlier blues sound has turned somewhat into chiming, jangle pop. Even then, Keith Relf’s harmonica and tracks such as Smile On Me and Drinking Muddy Water showed where the band came from.

The Illustrated New Musical Express Encyclopedia Of Rock (1976) noted: “With the exception of the title track, this was a mish-mash of demos, first takes and material the band is reputed not to have intended for public consumption. In the event, it was only ever released in the US.”

Well, these are legends here, or at least legends in the making. [Keith Relf and Jim McCarty went on to form Renaissance and no points for guessing which supergroup Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones (who sessioned here) were a part of.] The years have been kind to the album; fans wanted more Yardbirds and, in 1992, a two-CD set - The Little Games Sessions And More - was released.

Let’s let music insider Philip Cohen take up the story of these tracks: “These rough mixes were made during the compiling of the EMI 2-CD set, The Little Games Sessions And More.

“As you will discover, the released version of You Stole My Love is a composite of elements from two or more takes assembled through sampling. You’ll hear the undoctored entire session for the song here. Also, the multitrack for Drinking Muddy Water has no guitar solo. The solo was performed twice during mixdown; once for the stereo mix and again for the mono mix. (Trivia note: the stereo and mono remixes of Drinking Muddy Water on The Little Games Sessions And More were created by editing in the guitar solo section from the original 1960’s stereo and mono mixes of the song).

“Excepting the single Little Games b/w Puzzles, the remainder of the album was recorded in three days, because producer Mickie Most liked to work fast. Not bad for a few days’ work.”

Thanks to Philip Cohen for his generosity in sharing these rarities with the fans. The tracks came from excellent soundboards (lossless) and we are sharing them as high quality mp3s (320 kbps).

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s. As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. You Stole My Love (Take 3) (1.2MB)
Track 102. You Stole My Love (Take 4) (6.0MB)
Track 103. You Stole My Love (Take 5) (7.3MB)
Track 104. You Stole My Love (Take 6) (949k)
Track 105. You Stole My Love (Take 7) (2.4MB)
Track 106. You Stole My Love [Take 8] (6.5MB)
Track 107. You Stole My Love (Take 9) (2.8MB)
Track 108. You Stole My Love (Take 10) (1.2MB)
Track 109. You Stole My Love (Take 11) (1.9MB)
Track 110. You Stole My Love (Take 12) (6.0MB)
Track 111. You Stole My Love (Take 13) (2.3MB)
Track 112. You Stole My Love (Take 14) (1.8MB)
Track 113. You Stole My Love (Take 15) (4.2MB)
Track 114. LSD (Take 1) (6.9MB)
Track 115. LSD (Take 2) (6.0MB)
Track 116. LSD (Take 3) (5.5MB)

Tracks 117-128 (Takes 1-14)
Track 117. Ten Little Indians (5.4MB)
Track 118. Ten Little Indians (6.8MB)
Track 119. Ten Little Indians (6.1MB)
Track 120. Ten Little Indians (4.4MB)
Track 121. Ten Little Indians (5.6MB)
Track 122. Ten Little Indians (6.3MB)
Track 123. Ten Little Indians (6.0MB)
Track 124. Ten Little Indians (6.3MB)
Track 125. Ten Little Indians (2.8MB)
Track 126. Ten Little Indians (953k)
Track 127. Ten Little Indians (5.5MB)
Track 128. Ten Little Indians (5.3MB)
Track 129. Ten Little Indians (Take 14 - master) (5.6MB)

Track 130. Little Games (6.1MB)
Track 131. Puzzles (5.0MB)
Track 132. No Excess Baggage (6.1MB)
Track 133. Smile On Me (7.6MB)
Track 134. Drinking Muddy Water (6.7MB)
Track 135. Tinker Tailor Solder Sailor (6.7MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. De Lane Lea Lee (Backwards) (6.7MB)
Track 202. De Lane Lea Lee (Forwards) (7.1MB)
Track 203. White Summer (9.1MB)
Track 204. Stealing Stealing (5.9MB)
Track 205. I Remember The Night (7.3MB)
Track 206. Only The Black Rose (6.5MB)
Track 207. Glimpses (9.9MB)
Track 208. Little Soldier Boy (6.2MB)
Track 209. Never Mind (6.4MB)
Track 210. Glimpses (with sitar) (9.9MB)
Track 211. Glimpses (9.9MB)
Track 212. Glimpses Sound Effects (3.2MB)
Track 213. New York City Blues (1990 Stereo Remix) (9.9MB)
Track 214. W.O.R. Interview 1967 (offered at 192 kbps) (31.3MB)
Track 215. Jimmy Page - She Just Satisfies (Instrumental Stereo) (5.0MB)
Track 216. Jimmy Page - Keep Moving (Stereo Remix) (9.1MB)

Lineup (according to the wikipedia):
Chris Dreja – bass guitar
Jim McCarty* – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Jimmy Page – guitar
Keith Relf – harmonica, percussion, vocals
*due to illness, McCarty was absent for most of the recording sessions.

Additional personnel:
Nicky Hopkins – keyboards
Clem Cattini – drums
John Paul Jones – bass guitar, cello on Little Games, and string arrangements

Click here to order The Yardbirds’ The Little Games Sessions And More and savour the complete experience.

  1. 33 Responses to “THE PHILIP COHEN COLLECTION”

  2. Jim McCarty’s absence from the sessions is exaggerated, but the songs “Little Games” & “Ten Little Indians” DO have studio musicians on drums.

    By Philip Cohen on Nov 24, 2009

  3. Thank you for this songs collection..
    I adore the jimmy’s guitar..

    By alejandro on Nov 24, 2009

  4. I can understand why Clapton left this band. They were bent of Popism. They are the British equivalent of The Monkees. Why in the world, would any band as great as these guys were, go into a studio & do session work with each other? I always loved the Yardbirds, ALWAYS, but this explains what happened to them. Then, after 4 albums, it happened to Led Zep. But then, they became rich & polluted the entire music world.
    Thanx for lettin’ me see the light.

    By Timmy on Nov 24, 2009

  5. When the “You Stole My Love” session(produced by ex-Yardbird Paul Samwell-Smith) collapsed in failure, it was manager Peter Grant who selected(his close business associate) Mickie Most to produce “Little Games”, but obviously Most didn’t understand what The Yardbirds were about. As Jimmy Page remarked, “He(Most) thought albums were nothing; just something to stick out after a single”, though Page concedes that with “Jeff Beck Group-Truth” Most’s attitude changed.

    By Philip Cohen on Nov 25, 2009

  6. I should explain to you fans why the stereo remix of Jimmy Page’s “She Just Satisfies” is instrumental. It was discovered that Page’s only-ever lead vocal had been sung directly into the original 1965 mono mix, hence the multitrack tape has no vocals.

    By Philip Cohen on Nov 25, 2009

  7. I always felt that Clapton was the weakest part of the Yardbirds playing that same old blues,for which he was so terrible at . His whole career has been rehashing music from old blues men and destroying the songs. I feel I have finally have seen thru this(his) fraudulence.

    By Timmy on Nov 25, 2009

  8. A real divisive album amongst critics and fans alike. Personally, one of my favorites. Thanks for the post!

    By eponymus on Nov 25, 2009

  9. the yardbirds are dead.
    Long live the Yardbirds.
    best brit band ever,

    By sluggo on Nov 25, 2009

  10. Great to add these to my Yardbirds collection..Thanks Phil..
    Another excellent but often overlooked Yardbirds gem is the Canadian , Capitol 6000 series mono version of the Over Under Sideways Down lp..different mix..more Beck guitar and a glorious listening experience.

    By sluggo on Nov 25, 2009

  11. While you are welcome to your opinion Timmy, When Clapton was with the Yardbirds they were hot..the y weren`t yet a pop band like the Beatles,,they were in league with the dirty old men of rock a al the Stones and the Animals and we are all the better for it..
    Thanks Phil for a wonderful collection to my Yardbirds jones…One often overlooked Yardbirds gem is the Canadian Capitol 6000 series Mono recording of the Over Under Sideways Down lp .. a better/different mix , more Beck Guitar [hot house omargarshid] a truly glorious listening experience far more than roger the engineer or the U.S. release of the same.

    By sluggo on Nov 25, 2009

  12. WAIT! I’ve been identity raped! Call a policeman!

    By Timmy on Nov 25, 2009

  13. At last! Someone who shares my opinion on Mr Clapton! Totally agree with you Timmy - EC has coasted along on the back of the blues and the old ‘God’ thing for most of his career, playing out the same hackneyed old licks over and over, while so many other guitarists have struggled for recognition, despite being ten times better technically, as musicians, and as innovators.

    By freddie-O on Nov 26, 2009

  14. I, being the REAL Timmy, would like to set the record straight, confusing as it may be. I am not the Timmy that wrote about Clapton here. I never thought what this imposter has written down. I DID however, write the 3rd entry as well as the 11th entry. I don’t know how someone could have enlisted my name; “Timmy” and wrote in that Clapton entry. So sorry, Freddie-O.

    By Timmy on Nov 26, 2009

  15. Can’t wait to hear these. Truly one of the great under-rated albums of the 60’s.

    By Nick on Nov 26, 2009

  16. Thanks for the post. Clapton’s post 461 Ocean Blvd has been abysmal; he now trades in the most pedestrian blues wankage imaginable. His tone is just terrible as well. Truly the Elton John of the blues.

    By Noam Sane on Nov 26, 2009

  17. I would honestly like to appreciate Phillip Cohen and Big O Magazine for this wonderful music. Jimmy Page has always been one of my guitar heroes.

    Thank you guys

    By Boschini on Nov 26, 2009

  18. I agree with you Timmy,Noam and Freddie O . Clapton for years has without a doubt been living off the same 3 blues scales for ever .He has no Shame .I still cant believe people still buy into the notion that he is a great guitar player. He has never had an original thought. Duane Allman was Derek and the Dominos ,but Clapton continues to use other musicians to make himself look better. Timmy your right __Eric Clapton is a Fraud !__

    By Lamarca on Nov 27, 2009

  19. I love this album. It’s a real treat to hear these outtakes from it. Thanks for sharing them.

    By Matt on Nov 28, 2009

  20. Clapton may not be God now, he may Never have been God - but he’s been out there spreading the gospel and (mostly) doing damn good works over many years.
    Which young musicians have You nurtured lately, messrs pseudo-timmy, lamarca, same same and freddie-O? Sold any albums lately?

    >> Philip Cohen - bless you, squire, a hundred times over, for sharing your magnificent collection, and for giving us your insights into some great music.
    and thanks again, bigO, for playing midwife to so many great recordings.

    By tk on Nov 28, 2009

  21. Clapton “Spreading the Gospel”, Are you Stoned . Timmy and Freddie are correct Clapton Sucks. It is truly impossible to listen to Clapton for a whole album,for everysong is as the same as the last . Albeit some songs are good ,but damn this Clapton has been a regular thief his whloe career.

    By TeK on Nov 29, 2009

  22. Thank you Philip Cohen and Big O. While this was not my favorite Yardbirds album, there are some good tunes and some seminal guitar playing by Mr. Page. It’s real nice to revisit the album and get a new perspective on it. The Yardbirds were not a studio band, but given the right producer, they could shine there. Also, remember the time period.

    As for the skill of Eric Clapton, just listen to the John Mayall Beano album and then tell me that he can’t play. As far as I know, no one before him produced that tone and played that well on a record. Yeah, a couple of the best songs on the record were Freddie King songs, but when I heard that album as a 14 year old white kid from Massachusetts, I didn’t know Freddie King, Muddy Waters, Albert King, Albert Collins, etc. So, becasue of Eric Clapton and the other British blues players, I was turned on to our American blues. Clapton. Mayall, the Stones, etc. were just playing the music they loved and I thank them eternally for it.

    By eddot on Nov 30, 2009

  23. Hi - I just want to say a big THANK YOU for this collection of Yardbird rarities. I’ve downloaded them now and the speed was very fast. Thanks again and best wishes, Graeme

    By Graeme on Dec 9, 2009

  24. once I download songs how can I put them into itunes?

    By jeff on Dec 9, 2009

  25. to Jeff,
    Drag the MP3’s(one at a time) from your desktop to your iTunes program(there should be an iTunes icon on your tool bar(which is at the bottom of the screen on Mac’s. PC’s must have something similar)

    By Philip Cohen on Dec 10, 2009

  26. Thank You.

    By jpgrcat on Aug 30, 2011

  27. so if the info is correct this is nicky hopkins playing piano on the “smile on me” track?
    very cool.

    By mojowire on Feb 25, 2013

  28. Thanks, but where is “Knowing That I’m Losing You” later renamed Tangerine?

    By George Martini on May 18, 2013

  29. Right, Eddot.
    - just listen to the John Mayall Beano album - ! but no one wakes the living dead any more.
    Like Duane did. Which 461 is at least an echo of - which is fine for me.
    No idea what went wrong with the great Yardbirds. “Pop”, Timmy 1 (#3)? Hm, Beck & Page…? Leaves Mickey Most? (Just kidding.)
    Anyway. In 68/69 there were kind of 2 of them…

    By Kint on May 19, 2013

  30. Clapton was revered by all his peers, including Hendrix and Beck. His playing from Beano to Goodbye was revolutionary. He used the scales of blues (sometimes, by no means all the time) but created an entirely new guitar language by virtue of tone, volume, sustain, vibrato, speed, and precision.

    He wasn’t stealing from anybody on “Spoonful”, “Tales of Brave Ulysses”, “SWABLR”, and “Those Were The Days”, to name just a few. He later got very predictable and toned down all those good qualities, but make no mistake he radically changed the way lead guitar is played.

    By Just Bill on May 20, 2013

  31. Hello - I am having trouble downloading the interview. Is it true the the website requires an account for access to files?

    By Big Doins on May 22, 2013

  32. Thanks for this. It is amazing. I had an earlier release of this a long time ago, where all the takes of “You Stole My Love”, “LSD” and “Ten Little Indians” were together as three seamless tracks. It’s great to have that separated!

    Listening to the Glimpses box set lends me to believe that there are possibly other gems out there -possibly from the sessions that yielded “Goodnight Sweet Josephine” and “Think About It” (especially listening to the longer mix of the latter in the set). And there definitely some real nuggets from their last session in New York (not to mention the Andersen Theater Show!) Oh well. Thanks to you and to bigozine for having this. Hopefully I have something to share in the future ;-)

    By Louis on Sep 17, 2013

  33. I forgot to add that my version had different cover artwork with the last line-up where Jimmy Page has a perm (following the likes of Clapton and Hendrix, I suspect). It looked really psychedelic…. If you google Little Games Demo Sessions under google images it pops up as the fifth entry. In case someone wants alternate art…

    By Louis on Sep 17, 2013

  34. I disagree:The Yardbirds are not dead!!
    Immortal Bands Never Die!!
    Keith Relf.

    By Keith Relf on Dec 6, 2015

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