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on 5 October 2014
DOWWL contains pretty much all of their out put for Immediate records after the switch from Decca (fifty tracks). It has the three LP's they recorded; Small Faces, Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake and the collection that is Autumn Stone although Ogdens' is split over 2 cd's but this isn't much of a problem. The first album contains great tracks such as "I can't make it" "Here Comes The Nice" the first Immediate single "(Tell Me) Have you Ever Seen Me" and "Something I Want To Tell You" but tell me did they get Droopy in to do the vocals? "Green Circles" and "Get Yourself Together". ONGF speaks for itself, one of the best concept albums of the sixties about a boy named Stan who sets out on a quest to find the missing half of the moon, with such great tracks as "Afterglow of Your Love" "Song of a Baker" and "Lazy Sunday" their biggest UK hit reaching number two, side two is narrated by Stanley Unwin. Then come classics like "Itchycoo Park"; their only US hit, and "Tin Soldier". There's also the beautiful "Autumn Stone" as well as all the b-sides and instrumental songs like "Collibosher" "Wide Eyed Girl On The Wall" "Picaninny" and "The War Of The Worlds" some of which are probably unfinished songs that are lacking lyrics. Some have commented on the sound saying it is bright but then aren't all modern remasters? I read online that this has been compiled from tapes made in the 80's and 90's and its an official release! I have yet to find a Small Faces collection that truly uses the original masters, either they're under lock and key or no longer exist! Also some say the stereo doesn't sound great on this collection but it don't sound bad to my ears! All in all a great album of an under appreciated band. It is getting expensive now so my advice is to get a used copy like i did. Those seeking the Decca years should get Ultimate Collection which has most of the singles and b-sides on disc one, or the more expensive The Decca Anthology.
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on 1 December 2007
This album combines Ogden's Nut Gone Flake and the Autumn Stone with every additional recording made at Immediate Records. Ogden's was the best concept album of the sixties - a less earnest version of the Tommy story. The narration, by the Professor, Stanley Unwin, is a pure delight (check him as Johnny Saveloy's agent on the Church of Chemicalology in Ardman's wonderful Rex the Runt, too). Steve Marriot was one of the great blue-eyed soul singers. It's a shame that he abandoned the Small Faces to form Humble Pie, despite the Pie's achievements and those of the Faces - as the remaining members became with the addition of Ron Wood and Rod Stewart. The Small Faces were musically tight and wrote songs every bit as good as Ray Davies with the Kinks. With Itchycoo Park, they became the best psychedelic pop act in Britain. The only reservation is the lack of the marvellous cover from Ogden's, but this is the Small Faces' album to buy, and it is essential to any 60s Britpop collection.
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on 9 October 2009
I don't have to tell anyone that the Small Faces were a great, great group. But I do have to warn others of buying this particular disc, which contains horrible "stereo" mixes of their material. Apart from that, the sound is quite hard and sharp. Record companies should have a kick in the butt for compromising great bands from the 1960s this way. No group could ever survive being presented with the instruments far out on the left and the vocals on the other side along with a few overdubs. There are superb mono mixes available of these tracks and they are by far preferable.
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The Small Faces were one of the most adventurous bands in the history of rock. The first CD of this set charts their musical journey from their pure Mod beginings through their phsycodellic phase to the virtually punk 'Lazy Sunday'. The CD shows how before their time this band really were, with the electric guitar solos in 'Afterglow of Your Love', that are more atune to Heavy Metal solos than Mersey Beat jangles.
The second CD tracks the surreal journey of Happyness Stan, a fanscinating journey of musical discovery taken from the Small Faces' classic album 'Ogden's Nut Gone Flake'.
This CD is a must buy for all aspiring mods and Small Faces' fans, and for anyone who likes good music.
Long live 'The Darlings of Wapping Wharf Laundrette'!
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VINE VOICEon 21 November 2004
Even more of a bargain than it appeared since as well as a lot of A and B sides this Immediate compilation includes their two albums for the label in their entirety plus all the new recordings that appeared on the Autumn Stone collection after they had broken up, all in excellent remastered sound
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on 13 October 2004
Whether you are a fan or have never heard much more than Itchycoo Park and Lazy Sunday....everyone should own this collection.
It contains everything that is great about 60's era music and "Steve Mariotts" voice is raw and passionate at the same time. Get into all the singles...an amazing number of hits for a much overlooked band. All the way from tight r&b to classic rock and psychedelia, the band had soul and tunes in heaps.
Influence to many and this compilation will show just why that was. For me this is a breathtaking stroll through a brilliant band's best work.
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on 14 May 2011
The Small Faces were one of the biggest bands of the late 60s. Technically they were as good as the Rolling Stones and Steve Marriot (who sadly died in a house fire on 14th April 1991) was arguably the best vocalist of the era with an astonishing tonal range and great power. I'm only going to give this double CD collection 3 stars because there are probably better compilations of their music available at very reasonable prices, including music from their years with Decca before they moved to the Immediate label. To be quite frank the quality of music on these two CDs is rather variable and much of it is there, I suspect, as a valuable resource of archive material rather than for its entertainment value. As well as their well known Immediate hits, such as Lazy Sunday and Itchycoo Park, there are some other less celebrated songs of great quality. The Universal was brilliant in my opinion and never got the recognition it deserved - probably ahead of its time and rather too creative for the mass market. The other song, which I still play regularly, is Rene: A delightfully mischievous and witty song about a prostitute in dockland who's "groping with a stoker from the coast of Guadelope" - and a great sing-a-long chorus. One word of caution, the sound isn't as good as it could be (as one reviewer has already pointed out). All in all this is a good buy if you want archive material. I'm glad I bought it.
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on 23 July 2014
The best small faces collection in my opinion !!and one of the best bands too ,a must purchase if your a fan !
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