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Here Come The Nice [Box set]

Small Faces Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Jan 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Immediate/Sanctuary
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In celebration of the Small Faces' induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, [PIAS]/BMG are proud to present Here Come The Nice, a deluxe heavyweight box set chronicling the group's career on Andrew Loog Oldham’s pioneering Immediate Records label, curated by surviving band members Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan. A whopping 75 songs including every hit single, A & B side released worldwide on Immediate Records plus a generous bounty of unreleased material, outtakes, early and alternate versions, live tracks and previously unheard recording sessions from Olympic, Trident and IBC Studios, all sourced and remastered from recently discovered original master and multitrack tapes.

The lavish 72-page hardback book, with a heartfelt foreword by Pete Townshend and introduction by Kenney and Mac, is full of previously unseen photos and rare memorabilia, a career overview by esteemed Mojo magazine scribe Mark Paytress, copious and revealing track-by-track annotation, new testimonials from the likes of Robert Plant, Paul Weller, David Bowie, Nick Mason, Peter Frampton - and much more.

The box is crammed full with exclusive extras, such as replicas of three of the rarest Small Faces EPs in colored vinyl, a rare Olympic Studios acetate, large-size repro posters, fine art prints, 64-page fully illustrated lyric booklet, collectors postcards and more, all paying testament to the enduring musical genius of the Small Faces.

This boxset contains:

Hardbound coffee table book
Foreword by Pete Townshend
Introduction by Kenney & Mac
72-pages lavishly illustrated.
Over 90 classic, rare & previously unpublished photos & memorabilia.
Definitive sleeve notes include new and archive interviews.
Contributions from Robert Plant, Paul Weller, David Bowie, Nick Mason, Peter Frampton, Chris Robinson (The Black Crowes), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Paul Stanley (Kiss) and many more.
Exclusive Gered Mankowitz interview on photographing "Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake". Track-by-track illustrated guide to every song on the boxset.

Lyric booklet
64-page fully illustrated song booklet with rare photos and memorabilia. Complete lyrics transcribed and endorsed by band members for the first time ever.

Red, white and blue coloured vinyl
Three replica 7-inch EPs of the rarest Small Faces vinyl originally released in 1967:
Small Faces album sampler – excerpts from the Small Faces LP
"Here Come The Nice" 4-song French EP in picture sleeve
"Itchycoo Park" 4-song French EP in picture sleeve

Replica studio acetate
Olympic Sound Studios one-off acetate pressing for Andrew Loog-Oldham of "Mystery…"

Two large posters
Reproducing original posters for "Tin Soldier" single featuring photography by Gered Mankowitz and Newcastle City Hall live concert from 1968

Press kit for Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake
Rare 6-panel Immediate Records Press Kit from 1968

Double-sided postcards
Five collector's edition postcards with rare photos of each Small Faces band member backed with memorabilia from the Immediate Records Archive

Fine art prints
Two beautiful prints provided by Gered Mankowitz from his 1967 "Itchycoo Park" photo sessions

Signed by Kenney and Mac
Newly signed certificates replicating an original Olympic Sound Studios Small Faces tape box

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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
First things first - anyone expecting this box set to give them straightforward reissues of the four Small Faces albums covering the 'Immediate' label period should look elsewhere (for details on those see the PS below). What we have here is an entirely different beast...

"Here Come The Nice" is a full-on vaults trawl - a 4CD Deluxe Presentation Box Set comprising of 41 Previously Unreleased tracks. In fact the full 75-song compliment has been newly remastered from original Mono and Stereo masters and newly mixed from studio multi-track session tapes for this release. The entire project was overseen by surviving band members IAN McLAGAN and KENNEY JONES - coordinated by Small Faces reissue series producer ROB CAIGER. Scrupulous tape sourcing and recovery of them has taken him over five years alone - with the remastering being handled by sound engineers NICK ROBBINS and ROB KEYLOCH (who were involved in all four of the much-praised 2012 Deluxe Editions - which I've also reviewed).

"Here Come The Nice" by SMALL FACES is on Charly/Immediate CHARLY 110 BX and although initially rumoured on the Net to be a US-only release due to licensing issues - it is now a 28 January 2014 Worldwide release (February 2014 in the USA). Housed in a 10" x 10" hard card box - it's a limited edition of 3000 with the certificate inside signed by Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan. Here's a detailed breakdown of the contents:

CD1 is "Small Faces Singles - Worldwide As Bs & EPs"
20 Tracks - 54:16 minutes. All were issued as 7" single versions/edits around the world and are in MONO. The liner notes also advise which were used on the Mono variants of the albums. None are unreleased but timing errors on old CD reissues have been corrected.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Band Top Box Set 27 Jan 2014
By hub301
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The main issue people seem to have with this release is the price - which for a 4 CD set with 4 x 7" singles truthfully is overpriced but the reasons for & against seem to be debated well elsewhere. Me, I just like the music & a nicely packaged product so if I can find the funds & its a band I like - I pay what it costs - but I accept that its a small fortune to pay in tough times
The actual set is one of the best presented sets I have seen. The hardback book holding the CD's lifts to reveal replica posters, which lift to reveal replica marketing photos & the soft back book of lyrics & pics, which lifts to reveal the signed certificate & 4 singles, which lifts to reveal more postcard sized pictures. All housed in cut away protective foam packaging. I like the way it presents & on first entering is like a SF treasure trove. The various versions of music sound really interesting & while I can see its more suited to a big fan of the Small Faces really in truth who else would buy this? - there are multiple releases targeted at the passing traffic. No this is a bit more in depth & interesting - reminds me a bit in places of the seminal Pet Sounds Sessions box (though this has way more thought gone into it & seems to have been produced with a fan's eye view). I am not a musicologist or forensic SF fan who can tell you the difference between all the versions on this but to my eyes & ears this is a really nice thing to have & something to enjoy
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here Comes The Nice 5 Feb 2014
By Marc B
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First of all we'll deal with the elephant in the room! Is this too expensive? Absolutely it is, especially for under 4 hours of music in total and only really about 2 discs of unreleased material. However it is a beautifully produced boxset that's clearly a labour of love and one finally worthy of such an underrated powerhouse of a band. In my opinion it is the best thing to be released under the Small Faces name since the band broke up! It really is that good.

Now, let's deal with what this isn't. It is not a one stop shop for the Immediate catalogue. For that John H McCarthy's review of the previous releases is very helpful. If you are new to the Small Faces, or don't have all 2 of their Immediate LP's plus the Autumn Stone compilation please start there. The Darlings Of Wapping Wharf Laundrette is an excellent one stop shop for the Immediate catalogue, minus only the live material from Newcastle on Autumn Stone.

Here Comes The Nice first of all tidies up the remaining singles and non album tracks that haven't so far been released during this reissue campaign. Single mixes of Afterglow of Your Love, Mad John and The Journey are present as are the stereo mixes of I Feel Much Better and I'm Only Dreaming which were inexplicably left off the 2012 Deluxe Edition of 'Small Faces'. Also the live tracks from the Autumn Stone collection are included, without the overdubbed extra crowd noise also pitch and speed corrected. They do sound better than any previous release of these tracks but are from the same source so don't expect a massive revelation. Just to touch on the mastering quality for moment. Thankfully there has been no over abuse of compression and noise reduction and the EQ is very tasteful and can be cranked on a decent hi-fi.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive but worth every penny. 9 April 2014
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This new box set pretty much contains every version of every song recorded by the Small Faces during their Intermediate years i.e. in their best period. It is expensive but the music and the extras make it well worth it as the Small Faces are among the very greatest and most influential of British bands.
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if you wonder to buy it it will be worth it. A wonderful Collection, in which you can immerse yourself for a looooong time. And no clothing or Marbles! Read more
Published 4 months ago by John Harald Bjerk
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happy with item , but nat at all impressed with courier service, parcel was left in my yard next to the dustbin, half opened. .
im lucky it was still there,
Published 6 months ago by kevin burdass
4.0 out of 5 stars it's all too beautiful.. / expensive...
Firstly, I must say that £160ish for 4 CDs (non running to maximum length) and 4 7" vinyl 45s is very overpriced, regardless of how it is presented. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Richatno8
5.0 out of 5 stars Not cheap but worth it
Well presented boxed set with lots of rare stuff - a must for the real fans who want something that is going to be a collectible item.
Published 8 months ago by John Cryer
2.0 out of 5 stars "Just As I Predicted......"
The first disc of this set is now available on a stand-alone CD (& vinyl). The rest is sure to follow...... Ka-ching! Ka-ching!
Published 8 months ago by J. H. Mccarthy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good boxed set marred by marketing games & product shortages
The Small Faces "Here Come The Nice" boxed set is a music + memorabilia box, not unlike The Beach Boys' "The Smile Sessions" box, but perhaps with even more emphasis on... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Philip A.Cohen
3.0 out of 5 stars How about a simple 4 CD set?
The current box set looks amazing but I wonder about all the add-ons which no doubt boost the price substantially. Read more
Published 8 months ago by K. Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classy Release
It goes without saying that such a comprehensive and relatively expensive release caters specifically to fans of the group. Read more
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