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.
'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.