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  • Audio CD (May 29 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B000083GPQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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1. What'cha Gonna Do About It?
2. I've Got Mine
3. It's Too Late
4. Sha-La-La-La-Lee
5. Grow Your Own
6. Hey Girl
7. Shake
8. Come On Children
9. You Better Believe It
10. One Night Stand
11. Sorry She's Mine
12. Own Up Time
13. You Need Loving
14. Don't Stop What You Are Doing
15. E Too D
16. All Or Nothing
17. Understanding
18. My Mind's Eye
19. I Can't Dance With You
20. I Can't Make It
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2003 compilation featuring 50 remastered tracks on two discs, 'The Decca Sessions' & 'The Immediate Sessions'. All their hits including 'All Or Nothing', 'Lazy Sunday', 'Sha-La-La-Lee', 'Itchycoo Park', 'Here Comes The Nice', 'Tin Soldier', & many more. Slipcase. Sanctuary.


The Ultimate Collection is the first comprehensive retrospective of the Small Faces' recorded legacy. Crucially, this stunning 50-track, double-CD set is the first to feature both Decca (disc one) and Immediate (disc two) material and it's also the first to be fully sanctioned by the surviving members of the band. All 14 of the Small Faces UK singles are here, along with 12 B-sides and an astute selection of album tracks. The Decca disc, 1965–67, finds the sartorially sharp quartet majoring in amphetamine-fuelled R&B aimed directly at mod dance floors. Especially ace are the debut 45 "What'cha Gonna Do About It", its pivotal riff cheekily pilfered from the Solomon Burke soul shouter "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love", and the organ-propelled instrumental, "Grow Your Own", which melds sonic savagery to a Booker T & The MGs groove. Disc two, 1967–69, highlights the band's unique brand of Cockney music-hall psych, best exemplified by proto Brit-pop anthem "Lazy Sunday" and various cuts culled from their brilliantly bonkers concept album Ogden's Nut Gone Flake. This is undoubtedly the ultimate Small Faces collection. --Chris King

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Format: Audio CD
Licensing restrictions have prevented the abundance of Small Faces compilations that are truly comprehensive, covering both their Decca years (1965-67) and their sessions for Andrew Loog Oldham's Immdediate label (1967-69). Not only does this collection give 25 tracks apiece to each period, but it has the unusual honor of being sanctioned by the surviving Small Faces. The packaging is nicely done, and the sound quality is bold. Thus, this is both an excellent summary and an excellent introduction to a band that was one of the best and most innovative of its time.
Disc One, "The Decca Sessions," proves the Small Faces to be a truly amazing Mod band. Their love of American soul music is obvious, but they were not a soul band, they were a rock band. As a result, their performances and songs created a hybrid of soul and rock, often within the context of a tight pop song format (though somtimes they just jammed for a few minutes). These records were hard, loud, and fast, but they weren't just done for thrills. Steve Marriott was an incredible vocalist who sounded like a nice British boy one minute and an American soul merchant the next. His throaty, shouting style was supplemented by similarly tough backing vocals from bassist Ronnie Lane and keyboardist Jimmy Winston, replaced by Ian McLagan (an excellent keyboardist) after the first two singles. Topping off the sound was Marriott's violent guitar work and the no-nonsense drumming of Kenney Jones (later to replace the deceased Keith Moon in the Who). The best representations of this style are "What'cha Gonna Do About It" (not the Doris Troy song), "Sorry She's Mine," "Own Up Time" and their UK #1 "All Or Nothing," which was about 20 years ahead of its time when it came out in 1966.
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music I grew up with....love to listen to the old stuff and these guys were great. Worth adding to your collection
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Service impeccable. Tel que décrit.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa3ec7c84) out of 5 stars 46 reviews
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HASH(0xa3adbea0) out of 5 stars Best sound & best comp Feb. 1 2005
By J P Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This 2003 compilation (covering both the Decca and Immediate eras)has the best mastering of any SF title in print. The 1999 "Darlings" set has plenty of nice rareties not included here, but the sound of this set beats that one hands down. The entire debut album is on the first disc - and unlike the Deram remaster from '97 - the material explodes from your speakers like the early Who at their best. The Decca material is raw, soulful, maximimum r & b/rock and roll, with hints of the introspection and psychedelia to come. The Immediate material is simply breathtaking in its scope and variety.And those(Immediate) tracks on disc two are - unlike Fuel 2000's thin sounding transfers - full-bodied, with plenty of beautifully defined bass and drums from one of the most subtle rhythm sections in rock, Ronnie Lane and Kenny Jones. I suggest to any SF newbie, buy this collection and listen close, dance, laugh, cry - then pick up the rest of this classic band's catalog, for they were as great in their day (1965 - 69) as Faces (SF minus Steve Marriott, replaced by Ron Wood and Rod Stewart) would be in theirs (1969 - 75). Together, two of the very best rock and roll bands during a very critical and constantly evolving decade.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3adbeac) out of 5 stars If you can only buy one Small Faces record June 29 2008
By Zelie Nic - Published on Amazon.com
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then this has to be the one!

The Small Faces were a legitimate East End mod band. The music is great rock & roll and its a crime that the band never really took off in the states, because the US really missed out on a great band.

When Jimmy Page had to create a new roster to fill out his Yardbirds contractual obligations (the band would become Led Zepplin) his first choice for singer was the diminuative Steve Marriot. Why? Listen to Steve belt it out in tunes like "Whatcha' Gonna' Do About It" and "I've Got Mine."

If you're into mod, then check this out. Into Marriot's other band, Humble Pie? Check this out! Just into great rock&roll? Then you NEED this collection!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3ace864) out of 5 stars Itchykoo Park As You've Never Heard It Jan. 30 2009
By G.C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I give credit to whoever put this CD together -- they knew what they were doing. Especially in the remastering process. These songs have been available on endless compilations but often with the same muddy sound. Then there is the additional challenge of the Small Faces record labels -- their initial British Invasion sounding (1965-66) releases were on Decca. After changing management the band signed with the Immediate label which produced their 1967-68 recordings. The CD is divided into two parts with the first disc consisting of Decca material and the second representing their output on Immediate. But the real gem is the remastering. It is superb. These tracks will now sound as fresh as they did when they were released. I would hazard a guess that the person who was responsible for this effort was a fan of the band, and was given authorization to track down the original tapes and reproduce them for this project. I only found a few songs, including "Patterns" and "The Universal" where there was no marked improvement in fidelity (possibly because master tapes could not be located for every song). I have only a minor issue with the compilation, and that is the omission of "What's A Matter Baby", the B-side of the group's first single. But there are other joys here including "You Need Loving" which is the bridge between Willie Dixon's "You Need Love" and Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love." Its no stretch to think that Page and Plant were familiar with the Small Faces' reworking of Dixon. In short, what you have here is the true definition of an essential compilation, because if you buy this disc, there is really no need to track down any of the band's other material.
26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa398d918) out of 5 stars Brilliant sixties rock group Feb. 16 2005
By Peter Durward Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3b9ac3c) out of 5 stars Stunning compilation of the ultimate Mod band July 24 2011
By Danno - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Small Faces are all but unknown in the United States and, because they eventually morphed into the Faces, seem to only be remembered by Rod Stewart fans. That's a shame, because this is aggressive Britpop that packs quite a punch, and stays grounded in solid R&B territory. The Small Faces' sound often recalls both the early Who and early Rolling Stones, although Steve Marriot's howling has more in common with Robert Plant than Roger Daltrey, and the short-lived burning intensity of this band's career - roughly four years before a voluntary disbanding - can be compared to the Jam.

If any of this sounds good to you, you need to buy this CD collection NOW.

This is a two-CD set containing 50 songs, half from the Small Faces' stay at Decca, and half from their stay at Immediate Records. The focus is on the British hits, all of which have a strong mid-Sixties vibe. Despite the fact that the Small Faces injected a good dose of creativity into each of the songs here, it's very difficult to write about their music as it was intended to be listened to at Mod parties and not analyzed by critics. If you're looking for fun music from 1960s England, you've come to the right place.