Ira Robbins
September 18, 1992 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Little Games Sessions & More

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Reissues

We gave it a B

By 1967, the Yardbirds were falling apart, trapped between commercial pressure and their divergent creative ambitions. The group, then starring Jimmy Page, who followed Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck in the band’s line of guitar greats, finished its studio career with Little Games Sessions & More, an eclectic, uneven album of imaginative psychedelia, hard blues, and dumb pop that has its moments, including some that vividly preview Page’s next project, Led Zeppelin. Besides Little Games, this two-disc set boasts a somewhat academic excavation of illuminating, if esoteric, rarities and outtakes. B

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