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The Decca Anthology 1965 - 1967 Box set

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  • Audio CD (29 April 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca - Pop
  • ASIN: B000024WZG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,661 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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A brilliant chance to hear the small faces as a rhythm and blues mod band before they got signed to the indie label immediate and went all hippy. Disc 1 is has a more beaty edge to the tracks, the trademark hammond sound cutting through on amazing tracks such as "grow your own" and "almost grown" two instrumentals proving how good the musicianship was in the band.Not many hits on this album and a good percentage of them are covers, but the unique sound of marriots voice leaves you excited on the r'n'b tracks just wanting more. Disc 2 shows how they gradually progressed from mod stompers to harmony kings.The tracks are a good blueprint of future material, such as odgens nut gone flake, but the tunes are a little on the weak side. The tale end of the album includes steve marriots first solo attempts pre faces and some jimmy winstons offerings( the 1st keyboard player). Overall if you like a bit of mod, hammond and r'n'b, buy this. If you like lazy sunday, then buy some of their later stuff.
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I've loved the Small Faces for a few years now, which begs the question why I hadn't heard a lot of these songs, one reason is before the compilation explosion of this bands material on CD, it was usually just the Decca A-sides i. e. All or Nothing etc. that you would get to hear. The Decca Anthology is a must have for any Small Faces fan who isn't fortunate enough to have all the original albums and singles from the first part of their career. The band sound fantastic, and although the later immediate stuff is incredible, this shows Steve and the boys at a no nonsense, get down to business phase. Great Hammond, great vocals great everything! Even more amazing, as pointed out in the sleeve notes, they were only 19 on a lot of the recordings???? Buy this CD!
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Ah the brilliant Small Faces..what can I say. This CD has the band's early stuff on..and blooming brilliant it is too. Good value and classic Small Faces. Oh how I love this group!!! Happy Days!!!!
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very good!!
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HASH(0x9bed0858) out of 5 stars Great Decca Anthology. 19 Feb. 2004
By Morten Vindberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This 2 CD collections comtains most of the records made for Decca from 1965-67. For inexplainable reasons "I Can`t Make It" has been left out. Besides the Small Faces catalogue there is an early Steve Marriot single and 2 songs by Jimmy Winston and his Reflections.
The Small Faces recorded some real great singles for Decca, but it was not until they changed to Immediate that they also became an albums band.
Their self penned hitsingles "All or Nothing" and "My Mind`s Eye", "Sha-la-la-la-leh" and "What`cha Gonna Do About" makes the songs highlights too.
There are great recordings among the other singles and album tracks. They actually released 2 albums for Decca. From the first album "You Better Believe it", "One Night Stand" and "I`m Sorry, She`s Mine".
From their 2nd album "My Way of Giving", "That Man", "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" indicate of what great moments were to come on their later records.
The single B-side "Just Passing" is simply charming.
A great collection!
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bed0c60) out of 5 stars The Real Steve Marriott Lives Again 29 Mar. 2001
By BluesDuke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
So you'd like to know the real essence, the real legacy, of the late Steve Marriott? Here it is. Here is the guts of what he'd eventually forget, when he traded real soul for mere whelping and slamming in the nice-try-but-no-cigar Humble Pie. In their era (and in their native England, especially) the Small Faces were well enough renowned for crowd hysteria (Marriott, I recall reading once, was nearly killed when a pack of hysterical fans climbed all over the band's limousing and came oh-so-close to caving the roof in with the band themselves still inside) that it was only too easy to forget that these Mods-once-removed were as good as R and B got on the other side of the Atlantic; and, that Marriott, for three brief but glorious years, made a very strong case that there but for the grace of Van Morrison was he was damn near the best white soul singer in the U.K.
Individually, the Small Faces weren't exactly instrumental virtuosi, but as a unit they didn't have to be. They forged an unforgettable sound and attack, from Marriott's grinding guitar to Ian McLagen's thundercrack organ and the diaphragm-driving rhythm section of Ronnie Lane and Kenney Jones. (Beware: this stuff is a VERY far cry from the booze-soaked rowdy rock and roil for which the band would become infamous in due course, with half their name and a singer named Stewart.) And riding that explosion just so was Marriott himself, in such complete command of the concept that singing soul involved more than just a physical voice outsizing his pint-sized body. He would never again sound this much as though he meant it.
By the time the Small Faces made even a dent on the U.S. charts (with the delightfully flaky, phase-shift-crazy "Itchycoo Park," co-written as were most of their songs by Marriott and Lane), the band had left about half their R and B roots behind in favour of a peculiarly affecting eclecticism which put cracked psychedelia and music hall madcapping into the same can (check out, if you can find it, the goofily charming "Ogden's Nut Gone Flake" - you guess it: the legendary round album cover). They had some mad fun with it and were pretty effective with it (especially if you have heard Marriott practically biting his cheek to keep from laughing his head off while singing his "Lazy Sunday").
But the real deal for the Small Faces is nailed down tight shut on this anthology. Grab it. Forgive the compilers for the inexcusable omission of that hormonal masterpiece, "Wham, Bam, Thank You Ma'am." Then just let it roll. And lament that his preening, over-the-top stage calisthenics and scream-thy-last-scream vocals as Humble Pie's frontman came in due course to obscure the real essence of just what made Steve Marriott - rightly - a star in the first place.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bed0cd8) out of 5 stars They should be more well known! 8 Mar. 2010
By Jeff A. Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I can't believe it took me this long to discover these guys! They should be as well known as other classic bands of the 1960's (The Who, Hendrix, Beatles, Kinks, Byrds, etc.)! Steve Marriott is the male counterpart to Janice Joplin, in that they both have voices as good as the blues/soul people they were influenced by despite not having been raised in the black American culture where the music derives. This can only come from a deep love and appreciation for the music. The songwriting for the band is also stellar. The team of Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane excelled at not only writing great R&B songs but also the psychedelic music that became more predominant in the second half of the band's career. Add in the excellent drumming of Kennie Jones and Ian McLagan on keyboard and you have one hell of band!

Not knowing which CD to buy to start off my foray into the band I choose this collection. The only Small Faces songs I had heard were those posted on YouTube. And I really liked a few of their early singles which had more of a raw R&B sound, which are on this collection. The only negative is that this collection doesn't contain any songs from their last two albums (after they left Decca records). However this didn't bother me since I tend to prefer their early R&B stuff the most anyway.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By LHallwas@IGAinc.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Put "Come On Children" on your player first. Press the repeat button! Turn up your sound! There is your workout for the day. THis whole album is fast, hits you and it's gone. The next song does the same thing. It's a non-stop, pill popping party. Steve Marriott and company have recently been acknowledged by so many great artists such as Paul Weller, Oasis, Blur, and Ocean Colour Scene . With good reason, none of the above mentioned come close to the natural and instinctive craft of The Small Faces, and this two disk affair shows this off brilliantly. Thanks to the above mentioned artists, many new listeners enter the circle of this great band. A special thanks to Rick Nielson of Cheap Trick for D.J.ing at Lounge Ax (located in Chicago) and for making it mostly a Small Faces night. Hardly anyone in the place knew of these guys, and Rick turned em all on. La! Stop reading this and buy it NOW!
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bed41bc) out of 5 stars Rock with passion 24 Mar. 1999
By Luis Huerta (lhuerta@cajpe.org.pe) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's not an essential colecction of great songs. It is more an interesting colecction of what a sixty group can do with just guitars, drums and an organ. It has its moments, like the wonderful "All or nothing" and other songs ("My minds eyes" is a little jewel). Obviously, you can find the more important work of this goup in their post Decca recordigs. But, for a fan of good sixties rock, this record is important to complete a colecction. The best: the sound is very quite good. The worst: there is no detail information about the songs or the group (just a few fhotos and a some liner notes). Ow, just one more thing: Each cd has aprox. 45 min. of music. The price is right.
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