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The Small Faces Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Feb 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Charly
  • ASIN: B00004DTLP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 626,395 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 60s RnB! 1 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a terrific package of 50 tracks from the Small Faces. They were the very first band I saw (1965!), and I had forgotten just how good they were.
A raw, but soulful sound, with every member contributing 100%!

Points of particular note to me are the great Hammond organ sound of Ian McLagan, who was undoubtedly a Booker T. fan, without just being a copyist, the solid rhythm section of Ronnie Lane and Kenny Jones, and the outstanding vocals of Steve Marriott. The greatest compliment I can pay him is to say that anyone who doesn't know him could assume he is one of the stable of Stax/Atlantic artistes, such is the level of soul and emotion in his voice!

Indeed, on one track, "I Need Your Loving" (courtesy of Muddy Waters I think!)Marriott also sounds uncannily like Robert Plant. Those who have the first 2 Led Zep albums will spot it without a problem! So did Plant pick up a few tips from Marriott!!

Quite apart from the sound of the band, there are plenty of very strong songs here, which also show how they moved quite seamlessly from their soul/RnB based style into the psychedelic era without sounding contrived, and whilst retaining the emotional quality of the music.

Absolutely recommended for lovers of 60s music, and those a little younger who like bands such as The Jam, and the music of Paul Weller. You won't be disappointed!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 24 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
This represents a comprehensive overview of the groups career from 1965 to their split in 1969 showing how varied their skills and musical tastes were. Perhaps best known for their early mod R'N'B - which covers most of CD1 - styles they mastered included rock, I'm sure they must have been an influence to Led Zeppelin, thought provoking, mood changing psychedelia - encapsulating most of CD2 - as well as several classic pop singles (all of which are included). With sleevenotes written by Paul Weller devotee Paolo Hewitt I would recommend this collection to any lover of contemporary rock and pop music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a listen! 8 April 2011
Format:MP3 Download
All the songs on this album were released at a time when I was in my early teens. The Small Faces and The Kinks performed songs with excellent lyrics as well as good tunes - not all of us were listening to The Beatles and The Stones exclusively. Itchcoo Park was performed on the Radio in spite of dodgy references to getting high ... Tin Soldier is a masterpiece, as is Afterglow along with the whole Ogden's Nut Gone Flake album (Stanley Unwin included). Their music still stands up to the test of time but it probably means more to those of us who were around when they started. How lucky we were to have our musical tastes shaped by such amazing bands ... and I haven't even mentioned Pink Floyd, The Who and Cream.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant sixties rock group 2 Mar 2005
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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The Small Faces were one of the most distinctive groups of the sixties and they have been a major influence on many rock stars down the years. The founder members were Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Kenny Jones and Jimmy Winston. Jimmy didn't stay long and was replaced by Ian McLagan after their debut single (Whatcha gonna do about it, a UK top twenty hit). With the new line-up, the Small Faces had a string of 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 but their next three singles all made the UK top ten, these being Itchycoo Park (a top three UK hit and a top five American hit), Tin soldier and Lazy Sunday (which made number two in the UK). A top twenty hit (The universal) and a minor hit (Afterglow of your love - released after the group had disbanded) completed their run of original hits although re-issues of Itchycoo Park (a top ten hit again in 1975) and Lazy Sunday (a minor hit in 1976) also charted.

After the comparative failure of The univeral in 1968, the Small Faces disbanded. Steve Marriott, their lead singer, formed another group, Humble pie (best remembered for their UK top five hit, Natural born boogie) while the three other members found a new lead singer, Rod Stewart, added another musician, Ronnie Wood, and became the Faces. The music of Humble Pie and the Faces is outside the scope of this compilation.

Surprisingly, the Small Faces only made a limited impact in America (the Faces did better) but anybody who is interested in the London music scene of the sixties cannot ignore them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very happy with my purchase thank you
Published 19 days ago by patrick
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
All the well remembered tracks on this c.d.
Published 1 month ago by M. Neal
5.0 out of 5 stars Aptly named
If you are as old as I am (born 1948), you will remember some of their singles even if you don't remember the Small Faces name. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ivon of Windermere
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy
The Small Faces are a great band and this gives all their classic hits so more than pleased with cd and delivery time
Published 6 months ago by Michael Dockree
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab....
This CD was purched to replace my vynyls...Steve Marriott had a fantstic voice and the music takes me back to my youth!
Published 11 months ago by Dot Laing
5.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
One for the avid collector which brings back happy memories. All the best Small Faces tracks are here and it's great value.
Published 11 months ago by QUILL
4.0 out of 5 stars Present
I bought this as a present for pre Rod Stewart solo career fan. He seemed pleased.Good price and swift delivery.
Published 14 months ago by J. KING
4.0 out of 5 stars oldies are best
had not heard any small faces for years,this is a great collection and if you want to go back to the 70's then this is a must.
Published 14 months ago by griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars Good overall Small Faces collection
Love the selectioin of tracks, includes most of my favourites and some rarely heard gems! A must for any SF fan
Published 15 months ago by Ms. G. Slaughter
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia
I am back in the 60s - I can't get the songs out of my head. I keep shouting Haaaa.
Never mind I will return to normal soon.
Published 15 months ago by L. Freeman
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