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Small Faces
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2001
The Small Faces were one of the most successful bands of the 60's even though they never made it big in America. This is their debut album and the only one on this label. The album is a mixture of American R & B and soul music but the few covers on the album throw in straight forward blues and jazz influences. It marks the the beginning of the now legendary songwriting partnership of Steve Mariott and Ronnie Lane. Marriott also proves his voice has the power and style to match any other frontman of the era. From the typical sixties sounding pop of Sha-La-La-La-Lee to the Who esque thumping of E too D every song is a classic. Basically it's a step by step guide to living in 1966 and, most importantly, it's a step by step guide to being a Mod.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 23 December 2006
Ogden's Nut Gone Flake may be the album that the Small Faces are best remembered for but this debut long player on Decca Records is awesome. This is probably the closest to what the band actually sounded like live at the time with extending jamming on some tracks and the influences such as Booker T Jones and Steve Cropper clearly evident. Superb.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2005
A brilliant, vibrating album. On CD it's even better when you don't have to listen to Deccas inbuilt mumble as on vinyl. Great and a classic mod album It has everyting; the sound, the attitude and the force. That is in common with the Whos 1st album My Generation. A truly classic- don't miss it
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 2006
The 40th Anniversary of this album certainly lives up to expectations although some reviews say the bonus tracks are only available on French Ep's. The French Ep's are exactly the same versions as the official UK releases. However, it is only a slight mistake. Some of the bonus tracks here actually appeared on a FRENCH LP released in the 70s. This album is well worth getting though as the sound quality is outrageously good. Not to be missed!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
In an era that was hardly short of great artists, the Small Faces still stand out. They had it all, style, taste and above all class. This debut encapsulates them at their blistering best; Marriott's supreme, passionate vocals and McLagan's organ playing giving them a highly distinctive sound. For less than five quid this is a must have and this must surely rank as one of the finest and most conistent debut albums of the sixties. A must own for all MOD and British Beat fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2010
Raw blues, r&b, rock and roll. Still sounds good and is not blighted by the psychedelic songs they would produce in the late sixties. A great mod album on par with the début album from The Who.
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on 29 January 2014
After spending more time with the album, my opinion of it has somewhat improved.

Half of its songs are written by Kenny Lynch (a professional songwriter), or are covers, sadly this includes all of the better, and catchier ones; yet this does not -and should not- detract from their enjoyment ("Sha La La La Lee", is simply juvenile upbeat greatness).
The ones penned by Marriott and co. suffer from being unmemorable, directionless, and vapid; I am particularly looking at "E To D", "Come On Children", and the completely unnecessary instrumental "Own Up Time". A redeeming factor is Marriot's roaring and passionate vocal delivery, this guy sure gives his 100% in every song. The only instance when his singing becomes annoying and even pretentious is when he roars "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe"...

Consequently the record is enjoyable, just not something spectacular. If the band had concentrated on improving its songwriting before going into the studio, the album would have been an even product.

The extra tracks include most of the band's A and B sides released prior to the LP: these follow the pattern described above. Namely Lynch's compositions are the highlights, while the band supplies the rest.
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on 14 December 2010
It took me at least 12 years for me to eventually get this on vinyl now probably worth 100 quid.This is the debut album ,on cd ,of the small faces.Very much like one great jam session this does have inclings of thngs to come from the faces cos to me they sounded like every recording session was a party. Note' you need loving 'which is said by alot of people the song Zepplin stole to arrive at 'whole lotta love ' which is rubbish cos both were ripped off an old blues number.Marriott himself said he hated doing the poppy 'shalalala lee'because of the raunchy live blues act they used to do.If you are a small faces fan this is a must in your collection.
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on 22 June 2011
I already had a few CDs of the Small Faces, so I wasn't sure whether to get this. I was not disappointed and the quality is excellent. Listening to this I realise how much Steve Marriot's vocals were copied by Led Zeppelin. Listen to 'You Need Loving' and then 'Whole lotta Love'. I hope they
paid Steve and Ronnie some royalties while they were still alive !
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on 28 December 2014
What a masterpiece, go buy it.
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