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.