The year 1967 marked The Small Faces change of record labels (from Decca to Andrew Loog Oldham's newly-formed Immediate), and a switch from the more r&b-based British mod sound to a more psychedelic-flavored pop sound. Of the band's first four Immediate singles in Great Britain, it was the third one, "Itchycoo Park," which _finally brought them notoriety in the United States. To capitalize on its Top 15 chart success, the album "There Are But Four Small Faces" was issued over here in February 1968, a release whose structure resembled some of the early Beatles Capitol albums, a mishmash of LP and single tracks, and bearing only seven of the fourteen tracks on the June 1967 "Small Faces" album released in England. Not only does this double-cd set present the original British album (tracks 1-14 on disk one and 2-15 on disk two), but disk two presents the original mono mixes of all album and single tracks, most of which have become very difficult to come by over time. I'm very happy to finally have the original mono single mix of "Itchycoo Park" on cd: Because of the complexity of the phasing technique then (getting identical tracks to play a tiny fraction of a second apart), it was easier to get a more circular, swirling phase effect with a mono recording--as you'll hear if you play the two mixes back-to-back. Meanwhile, the stereo mixes of "Green Circles," "Get Yourself Together," and "Tin Soldier" all feature the entire backing track bunched into the middle, with the lead vocal on one side and any backing vocals on the other--the result being the vocals fairly buried in the mixes, so the only way you could really hear them well was in stereo headphones. The balance between music and vocals on these three tracks is much better on the mono mixes. You'll also notice a little stronger bass and backbeat on a few of the other mono tracks, especially the frustration-powered "Talk To You." If, however, mono just doesn't float your boat, the stereo mixes are all here for you on disk one, along with the final two cuts on disk two. (Apparently there is no true stereo mix of "Happy Boys Happy," but everything else on disk one is stereo.) There's even a stereo mix of "Don't Burst My Bubble," which I did not know existed. It's great, also, to have the original album (as the artists intended it) together in order on cd--including some great tracks left off the US release, "Something I Want To Tell You," the forementioned "Happy Boys Happy," and "Become Like You," among others. The liner notes are pretty informative, although I would have liked a bit more. All in all, though, this package is a winner, and at a decent price for a double import, I do not believe you'll regret the purchase.