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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 60s RnB!
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...
Published on 1 Aug 2011 by J. HOLMES

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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
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J. HOLMES (uk) - See all my reviews
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars "Would You Like A REALLY Ultimate SMALL FACES Collection......???", 16 Jan 2014
This review is from: Ultimate Collection (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. Here's a guide to what I think are the very best, and put together collects almost all of their commercially released output on Decca and Immediate......

on DECCA: SMALL FACES Deluxe Edition (Decca) and FROM THE BEGINNING Deluxe Edition

(My previous recommendations were for the 2006 'Small Faces: 40th Anniversary Edition,' 2003's 'From The Beginning' reissue and Disc One of the 2008 'Ultimate Collection' 2CD set)

After reading so many positive reviews about these sets and hearing from other fans who took issue with my previous recommendations I gave in and purchased both sets. While not the "heavens opened up" revelation that many seemed to experience, I do feel that the material sounds more "opened up" with much better clarity, for better and worse, depending on the performance. The booklets are also better laid out with more photos and larger reproductions of some of the ephemera in the older edition. My only quibbles are, I thought the essay in the '40th Anniversary' was more informative with a better detailed history, and I wish the discs were replicas of the old Decca label like on the '40th Anniversary' disc rather than photos under the clear trays......

The 23 Track '40th ANNIVERSARY EDITION' of their first album on Decca comes in a nice digipak and the remastered sound is still miles ahead of what came before. The bonus tracks include B-Sides, non-album singles and alternate versions released only on French EPs. The 19 track single disc 'FROM THE BEGINNING' of their "2nd album," released by Decca to cash in when they signed with Immediate, includes more French EP versions and a BBC Session track. The band was not happy at the time that Decca was trying to "steal their thunder" by releasing the (originally) 14 track LP, in fact, "My Mind's Eye" was originally recorded during their first Immediate session but was given to Decca to fulfill their contract. 'ULTIMATE COLLECTION' is a two disc set and only the second SMALL FACES collection to feature both their Decca and Immediate sides (see 'THE AUTUMN STONE' below). Having all the Decca material on the two Deluxe Editions now makes this redundant......

on IMMEDIATE: for those on a budget: THE DARLINGS OF WAPPING WHARF LAUNDERETTE

If you can afford them: SMALL FACES Deluxe Edition (Immediate), OGDENS NUT GONE FLAKE (Charly) and THE AUTUMN STONE

(My previous recommendations were for the 2008 'Small Faces: 35th Anniversary Edition' and 1999's 'The Darlings Of Wapping Wharf Launderette,' both 2CD sets on Sanctuary)

1999's 'THE DARLINGS OF WAPPING WHARF LAUNDERETTE' is named after the official fan club's moniker and was the first Immediate material compilation officially approved by the band, and the first to use the original tapes. It contains their first hit single for Immediate, "Here Comes The Nice" (#12 UK), "The Universal" (#16 UK), "Afterglow (Of Your Love)" (#36 UK), all of the first Immediate album and 'OGDENS NUT GONE FLAKE,' and the rarities from 'THE AUTUMN STONE.' It also contains rare and alternate versions including P.P. Arnold's cover of "(If You Think You're) Groovy" with the boys as her backing group. There's a 2008 bargain set, 'IMMEDIATE ALBUM COLLECTION,' with straight reissues of the Immediate releases with no bonus or mono tracks. Even though it's starting to get a little pricey, 'WAPPING WHARF' gets the nod......

There are two 2013 versions of 'SMALL FACES (1st Immediate Album),' the recent above linked UK 'Deluxe Edition' on Universal (UK) and a US digibook on Charly, both have the exact same masters. Due to legal mumbo-jumbo Universal controls the catalog for the UK, & Europe and Charly fro the US and Canada. I actually rather the 48 Track 2002 Castle/Sanctuary 'SMALL FACES: 35th ANNIVERSARY EDITION' jewel case version. It comes in a nice slipcase, has three more tracks, and a better booklet which you can reverse if you are in the mood for the 'THERE ARE BUT FOUR SMALL FACES' U.S. cover art. It also has tracks not on the 2013 upgrades. Read Mark Barry's excellent review for the complete lowdown......

Ever since the initial LP release in the now famous round album cover, 'OGDENS NUT GONE FLAKE' has been a popular collectable. There have been many many re-releases of this seminal quirky whimsical psychedelic concoction, but there are two essential versions. In 2006 Sanctuary/Castle released it in a metal tin bringing the iconic cover art to life. There were three discs included, one mono, one stereo, and a third containing an hour long BBC Documentary. The 2013 Charly version (linked above) also has three discs, Disc One contains the stereo mix, Disc Three contains the mono mix, and Disc Two features 13 rare tracks from the recording sessions. It comes in a round cardboard "tin" that while nice it doesn't have that certain "cachet." Both come with inserts mimicking the original round LP cover, and the Charly release has coasters with all the album art on each side. They both sound great, so it's a toss-up to personal preference. Being the fan that I am, I own both! There is also a 2013 3CD 'Deluxe Edition' on Universal in a multi-fold digipak with the exact masters as the Charly. The only thing I can't understand is why the producers of the recent reissues didn't think of adding a DVD with the footage of them performing Side Two of 'OGDENS' on the British TV show "Colour Me Pop?" All the extraneous material on both 3CD sets could fit on 2CDs easy. That would have made it a REAL ultimate version (at least you can see this footage on the essential ALL OR NOTHING 1965-1968 DVD)......

'THE AUTUMN STONE,' a hodgepodge "best of" features their hits from both labels and was originally released as a 2LP set. Unfortunately for collectors three live cuts, "Whacha Gonna Do About It," "Every Little Bit Hurts" and "If I Were A Carpenter," are not on any of the above releases. There is a rumored 'Deluxe Edition' in the works for late 2014.......

Lastly, if you want to go all the way, you'll want the 'BBC SESSIONS,' 15 songs and 5 short interviews recorded live on "Auntie Beeb" in excellent sound quality for their age......

The limited edition (of 3000) 'HERE COMES THE NICE: The Immediate Years 1967-1969' box set is out-of-print, currently over $250.00US on Amazon US, and sure to reach stratospheric prices. It only contained four CDs with 75 tracks total, and as per the title, nothing from their years at Decca. CD#1 consists of their worldwide single and EP tracks, most if not all of which can be found on the above releases. CD#2 & #3 contain unreleased material, but only work tapes and alternate versions, nothing "ground-breaking." CD#4 contains rare and unreleased tracks, but again most of the rare tracks are on previous releases. Two vinyl 7" singles, an EP and an acetate also contain previously released tracks, bar one. There's a 72-page hardcover that contains a track-by-track illustrated guide, rare and unpublished photos, sleeve notes by Mark Paytress and written contributions from Robert Plant, Paul Weller, David Bowie, Nick Mason and others. There is also a booklet will all their lyrics. The replica memorabilia includes two posters, the press kit for 'OGDENS NUT GONE FLAKE,' five postcards, and two art prints from the "Itchycoo Park" photo sessions......

The first CD with the mono single tracks has already been released separately as Greatest Hits-Immediate Years. Knowing Charly/Snapper/Madfish, I'm sure the material on the other three discs will eventually find it's way to market. Those patient and only in it for the music will surely soon get to own it, I wager at a much fairer price......
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 24 Jun 2003
This review is from: Ultimate Collection (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
This review is from: Ultimate Collection (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
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Peter Durward Harris "Pete the music fan" (Leicester England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ultimate Collection (Audio CD)
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 7 Nov 2010
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Alan Davies "Alan" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This is the ultimate Small Faces CD - all their hits and much more besides. Transport yourself back to the 60s - a time of innocence and innovation.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Room for lots more Ravers! So pick up your copy today!, 7 Jun 2003
This review is from: Ultimate Collection (Audio CD)
Hey Pop Pickers! So you know all about Led Zeppelin, The Jam, Sex Pistols, Oasis etc etc but who did they get the 'IT' factor from. Who started the fire? Well in my eyes and soon hopefully YOURS its the one and only Small Faces! Yes thats right kids these 5ft something misfits let rip in 1965 some of the most entertaining and enduring pop/rock/rnb/soul music ever. Just open your ears and your eyes. This collection has done what every fan has ever wished for. A band authorised album which brings together the cream of those heady years with both the Decca and Immediate labels. Lets just give you a quick run through of what lies within. Check out 'whatcha gonna do about it' surely a precursor to the punk attitude! And its sound. Those rotters the Sex Pistols didn't cover it for nothing. Or how about 'All or Nothing'? As sweet and tender as Otis singing about that dock he sat on. And yes 'you need loving' is the song Zeppelin attached one of the most fireball riffs ever to. But Any Hoo! There influence on nearly all bands of importance which came after them is undeniable. Just check out the impeccable hair, threads and shoes. And just a small note about the greatest song ever layed down on tape. 'TIN SOLDIER'! Ever cross your mind how to fit 4 songs in to three and a half minutes and get the most life affirming soul/rock/pop tune ever? Well your long search is over. Steve had the most soulful voice ever to grace an english pop group and on this track it is best demonstrated, along side some of the most innovative drum, guitar and hammond/ rhoades playing my ears have experienced. Every track a Diamond, crackin sleeve notes and fits in ya pocket! Finally the Small Faces get the package they deserve. Best band in the world.... Ever
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5.0 out of 5 stars Small Faces Ultimate Collection, 14 Nov 2012
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I am really pleased with this cd. It contains all the old favourites I remember (have Tin Soldier on repeat!) and quite a few I'd never heard before. Very good - well worth the small price I paid. A must for all SF fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Small Faces - Ultimate Collection, 9 July 2012
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I was feeling somewhat nostalgic and found myself drawn towards: The Small Faces - Ultimate Collection. Some of the tracks leave a little to be desired but, all-in-all, a fantastic contribution to British pop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Small Faces CD, 30 Jun 2011
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I am very pleased with this CD and also the way my order was processed through to deliveryUltimate Collection.
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