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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 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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Perhaps in 60es I liked Small Faces more than Rolling Stones. They had a keyboard player and big sound with outstanding Steve Marriott voice and guitar riffs. They were 'heavy' and like Stones drawing from the blues.
Ultimate Collection is a very good option for all aficionados of 65-70 era British rock, music that gave starting point to all hard prog rock of 70es.
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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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HASH(0x9749133c) out of 5 stars Best sound & best comp Feb. 1 2005
By J P Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
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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(0x974963c0) 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!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9749b8a0) out of 5 stars Itchykoo Park As You've Never Heard It Jan. 30 2009
By G.C. - Published on Amazon.com
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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 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9749be94) 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.
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HASH(0x9749beac) out of 5 stars "Do You Want A REAL Ultimate Collection......?" Dec 28 2013
By John H. McCarthy - Published on Amazon.com
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This review was revised on 2-21-2014......

In advance of the (then) imminent release of the 2014 deluxe SMALL FACES box set (now out-of-print, at least for now), I thought that I'd offer a guide on how to obtain a REAL Ultimate SMALL FACES Collection with what I considered the best previous reissues, and at the end compared it to the value of the 'HERE COMES THE NICE: The Immediate Years 1967-1969' boxed set. I've changed my recommendations on their Decca material and have added further info on recent Immediate material releases. But first a little background......

There is probably no other rock group that has so many reissues to their name than THE SMALL FACES. This is due to the fact that the surviving members of the group, Ian McLagen and Kenny Jones, and the heirs of the late Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane didn't even begin to receive royalties from their work until well in to this century! Most of their financial problems were due to their notorious ex-managers, Don Arden (father to Sharon, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, eh?) and Andrew Loog Oldham, who literally bankrupted them. Oldham's Immediate Records label was actually funded by what should of been their royalties. It also doesn't help that even now the rights to their music is split in half, Universal owns their early Decca material and Charly owns the Immediate Records catalog, but at least now the surviving band members have a say in their releases. That certainly wasn't the case before the settlement, as exemplified but the myriad of re-re-re-re-reissues of their core catalog and the dozens of compilations, some done with care and others shoddy and haphazard. Here's a guide to what I think are the very best, and put together collects almost all of their commercially released output on Decca and Immediate......

on DECCA: SMALL FACES Deluxe Edition (Decca) and FROM THE BEGINNING Deluxe Edition

(My previous recommendations were for the 2006 'Small Faces: 40th Anniversary Edition,' 2003's 'From The Beginning' reissue and Disc One of the 2008 'Ultimate Collection' 2CD set)

After reading so many positive reviews about these sets and hearing from other fans who took issue with my previous recommendations I gave in and purchased both sets. While not the "heavens opened up" revelation that many seemed to experience, I do feel that the material sounds more "opened up" with much better clarity, for better and worse, depending on the performance. The booklets are also better laid out with more photos and larger reproductions of some of the ephemera in the older edition. My only quibbles are, I thought the essay in the '40th Anniversary' was more informative with a better detailed history, and I wish the discs were replicas of the old Decca label like on the '40th Anniversary' disc rather than photos under the clear trays......

The 23 Track '40th ANNIVERSARY EDITION' of their first album on Decca comes in a nice digipak and the remastered sound is still miles ahead of what came before. The bonus tracks include B-Sides, non-album singles and alternate versions released only on French EPs. The 19 track single disc 'FROM THE BEGINNING' of their "2nd album," released by Decca to cash in when they signed with Immediate, includes more French EP versions and a BBC Session track. The band was not happy at the time that Decca was trying to "steal their thunder" by releasing the (originally) 14 track LP, in fact, "My Mind's Eye" was originally recorded during their first Immediate session but was given to Decca to fulfill their contract. 'ULTIMATE COLLECTION' is a two disc set and only the second SMALL FACES collection to feature both their Decca and Immediate sides (see 'THE AUTUMN STONE' below). Having all the Decca material on the two Deluxe Editions now makes this redundant......


If you can afford them: SMALL FACES Deluxe Edition (Immediate), OGDENS NUT GONE FLAKE (Charly) and THE AUTUMN STONE

(My previous recommendations were for the 2008 'Small Faces: 35th Anniversary Edition' and 1999's 'The Darlings Of Wapping Wharf Launderette,' both 2CD sets on Sanctuary)

1999's 'THE DARLINGS OF WAPPING WHARF LAUNDERETTE' is named after the official fan club's moniker and was the first Immediate material compilation officially approved by the band, and the first to use the original tapes. It contains their first hit single for Immediate, "Here Comes The Nice" (#12 UK), "The Universal" (#16 UK), "Afterglow (Of Your Love)" (#36 UK), all of the first Immediate album and 'OGDENS NUT GONE FLAKE,' and the rarities from 'THE AUTUMN STONE.' It also contains rare and alternate versions including P.P. Arnold's cover of "(If You Think You're) Groovy" with the boys as her backing group. There's a 2008 bargain set, 'IMMEDIATE ALBUM COLLECTION,' with straight reissues of the Immediate releases with no bonus or mono tracks. Even though it's starting to get a little pricey, 'WAPPING WHARF' gets the nod......

There are two 2013 versions of 'SMALL FACES (1st Immediate Album),' the recent above linked UK 'Deluxe Edition' on Universal (UK) and a US digibook on Charly, both have the exact same masters. Due to legal mumbo-jumbo Universal controls the catalog for the UK, & Europe and Charly fro the US and Canada. I actually rather the 48 Track 2002 Castle/Sanctuary 'SMALL FACES: 35th ANNIVERSARY EDITION' jewel case version. It comes in a nice slipcase, has three more tracks, and a better booklet which you can reverse if you are in the mood for the 'THERE ARE BUT FOUR SMALL FACES' U.S. cover art. It also has tracks not on the 2013 upgrades. Read Mark Barry's excellent review for the complete lowdown......

Ever since the initial LP release in the now famous round album cover, 'OGDENS NUT GONE FLAKE' has been a popular collectable. There have been many many re-releases of this seminal quirky whimsical psychedelic concoction, but there are two essential versions. In 2006 Sanctuary/Castle released it in a metal tin bringing the iconic cover art to life. There were three discs included, one mono, one stereo, and a third containing an hour long BBC Documentary. The 2013 Charly version (linked above) also has three discs, Disc One contains the stereo mix, Disc Three contains the mono mix, and Disc Two features 13 rare tracks from the recording sessions. It comes in a round cardboard "tin" that while nice it doesn't have that certain "cachet." Both come with inserts mimicking the original round LP cover, and the Charly release has coasters with all the album art on each side. They both sound great, so it's a toss-up to personal preference. Being the fan that I am, I own both! There is also a 2013 3CD 'Deluxe Edition' on Universal in a multi-fold digipak with the exact masters as the Charly. The only thing I can't understand is why the producers of the recent reissues didn't think of adding a DVD with the footage of them performing Side Two of 'OGDENS' on the British TV show "Colour Me Pop?" All the extraneous material on both 3CD sets could fit on 2CDs easy. That would have made it a REAL ultimate version (at least you can see this footage on the essential ALL OR NOTHING 1965-1968 DVD)......

'THE AUTUMN STONE,' a hodgepodge "best of" features their hits from both labels and was originally released as a 2LP set. Unfortunately for collectors three live cuts, "Whacha Gonna Do About It," "Every Little Bit Hurts" and "If I Were A Carpenter," are not on any of the above releases. There is a rumored 'Deluxe Edition' in the works for late 2014.......

Lastly, if you want to go all the way, you'll want the 'BBC SESSIONS,' 15 songs and 5 short interviews recorded live on "Auntie Beeb" in excellent sound quality for their age......

The limited edition (of 3000) 'HERE COMES THE NICE: The Immediate Years 1967-1969' box set is out-of-print, currently over $250.00US on Amazon US, and sure to reach stratospheric prices. It only contained four CDs with 75 tracks total, and as per the title, nothing from their years at Decca. CD#1 consists of their worldwide single and EP tracks, most if not all of which can be found on the above releases. CD#2 & #3 contain unreleased material, but only work tapes and alternate versions, nothing "ground-breaking." CD#4 contains rare and unreleased tracks, but again most of the rare tracks are on previous releases. Two vinyl 7" singles, an EP and an acetate also contain previously released tracks, bar one. There's a 72-page hardcover that contains a track-by-track illustrated guide, rare and unpublished photos, sleeve notes by Mark Paytress and written contributions from Robert Plant, Paul Weller, David Bowie, Nick Mason and others. There is also a booklet will all their lyrics. The replica memorabilia includes two posters, the press kit for 'OGDENS NUT GONE FLAKE,' five postcards, and two art prints from the "Itchycoo Park" photo sessions......

The first CD with the mono single tracks has already been released separately as Greatest Hits-Immediate Years. Knowing Charly/Snapper/Madfish, I'm sure the material on the other three discs will eventually find it's way to market. Those patient and only in it for the music will surely soon get to own it, I wager at a much fairer price......