The Small Faces were one of the most distinctive groups of the sixties and have continued to be a major influence on rock music down the years. The founder members were Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Kenny Jones and Jimmy Winston. Jimmy didn't last long and was replaced by Ian McLagan after their debut single, Whatcha gonna do about it, made the UK top twenty. With the new line-up, the Small Faces had several major UK hits.
Sha la la la lee, Hey girl, All or nothing and My mind's eye were all huge UK hits, with All or nothing going all the way to number one. After a minor hit with I can't help it, they left Decca and signed for the Immediate label.
They just missed the UK top ten with Here come the nice. Itchycoo Park made the UK top three and the American top five (it was their only American hit). Tin Soldier made the UK top ten. Lazy Sunday, a brilliant summer song, was a UK number two hit. The universal made the UK top twenty in 1968, after which the group disbanded. Afterglow of your love became a minor UK hit in 1969. Re-issues of Itchycoo Park (a top ten hit in 1975) and Lazy Sunday (a minor hit in 1976) complete their chart history, unless there are further successful re-issues.
After the group disbanded, Steve Marriot, the lad singer, formed Humble Pie (best known for their UK top five hit, Natural born boogie) while the other three formed the Faces with another musician, Ronnie Wood, and a new lead singer, Rod Stewart.
The music of Humble Pie and the Faces is outside the scope of this compilation, which provides a comprehensive study of the Small Faces' music from both Decca and Immediate labels, including all their UK hits and many great album tracks. Note that most hits compilations tend to have either the Decca tracks or the Immediate tracks. If you buy this, you may never need another Small Faces collection, although even this one does not contain everything.