Sunday, December 4, 2011

Drinking Muddy Water

Although Nicky Hopkins played piano on two tracks of "Between The Buttons", he and Ian Stewart obviously hadn't met yet. Most probably Hopkins' parts were recorded during mixing and overdubbing sessions in January 1967, which Stu didn't attend. According to author Len Comaratta "in the spring of 1967, guitarist Jimmy Page invited Nicky Hopkins to record on some songs for the Yardbirds' "Little Games" album. During these sessions, Hopkins made his impression on the Rolling Stones' founding member and pianist, Ian Stewart".

Both Stu, who already knew Jimmy for a long time, and Nicky perform on the final album. Hopkins contributed to the tracks 'I Remember The Night', 'Stealing, Stealing', and "Smile On Me", while Stu lended his boogie piano to "Drinking Muddy Water". When we take in mind Stu's disliking of what was going on at Olympic Sound Studios, he must have felt comfortable during the "Little Games" sessions. Session player Nicky Hopkins had of course another stake, and afterwards joined the Stones to record "There Satanic Majesties Request", eventually performing on all album tracks.

Adapted from the following source: Len Comaratta, Icons Of Rock, Hot, 2010.


  1. April, 1967: De Lane Lea Studios, London, England.
    The Yardbirds: Drinking Muddy Water (Relf-Page-McCarty-Dreja) (2:53)

    670400C April: THE YARDBIRDS. London, De Lane Lea Studios. Producer: Micky Most. Sound engineer: Dave Siddle. Recordings for the upcoming album ‘Little Game’, incl.
    - Drinking Muddy Water (Relf-Page-McCarty-Dreja) - Ian Stewart on piano.

    Line-up: Keith Relf (voc, harm)/Jimmy Page (gtr)/Chris Dreja (bass)/Jim McCarty (dr, voc).

  2. According to Greg Russo the sessions mentioned in the post took place on april 29 and april 30 (Russo, Greg, Yardbirds, The Ultimate Rave-Up. New York: Crossfire Publications 1997). Russo also wrote the liner notes for the most extensive official release of the "Little Games Sessions" (EMI USA 2CD 1992).

    Russo also notes that John Paul Jones took part in the sessions both playing bass and piano.

  3. The Yardbirds recorded the song for their 1967 album Little Games with different lyrics under the name "Drinking Muddy Water," probably a reference to Muddy Waters.

    But think actually if it is in real life that is the water you are drinking safe for your health? it is so important to decide on a proper process when it comes to water treatment for drinking water.