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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, 196567, 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, 196769, 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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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.Read more ›
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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!
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.
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.