The Yardbirds’ ‘Little Games,’ released on July 24, 1967, was a bit heavy, a bit soft, and showed a whole lot of imagination – despite their looming fate.
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When Jimmy Page’s ‘Outrider’ arrived on June 19, 1988, the focus went to a one-song Robert Plant reunion. The LP’s highpoint, however, was found elsewhere.
The Yardbirds once boasted two legends in Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Ritchie Blackmore, of Deep Purple and Rainbow, put their talents in perspective.
Jim McCarty breaks down the Yardbirds’ distinctive, guitar-led eras: ‘It was wonderful, inspirational’
As the Yardbirds’ guitarists have changed, so has the band itself – perhaps, most famously, when Eric Clapton was succeeded by Jeff Beck.
The Yardbirds’ long-awaited studio return features several guest guitarists. Jimmy Page was reportedly “miffed” that it didn’t include him.
A long-awaited new Jimmy Page album is being promised. Until then, we’re left with table scraps from a feast that’s somehow never been served.
Foghat made an overt reference on “Honey Hush” to the Yardbirds’ Jeff Beck-era update of “Train Kept A-Rollin’.” Their connection goes further back.
An ailing Jeff Beck simply couldn’t make it on stage in 1966. So the Yardbirds asked their bass player to take over. A bass player named Jimmy Page.
Some vestige of the Yardbirds name may have remained, but Jimmy Page was headed in a new direction now — toward Led Zeppelin.
Jimmy Page explores his transition from the Yardbirds to Led Zeppelin: ‘I was really keen to put a band together’
Jimmy Page says Led Zeppelin initially took more than just the Yardbirds’ name.