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5.0 out of 5 stars "...All The World Is Mine..." - Small Faces Greatest Hits ON VINYL, 17 Feb 2014
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Mark Barry "Mark Barry" - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Greatest Hits - The Immediate Years - 1967 - 1969 [VINYL] (Vinyl)
As a consolation prize for those who can't/couldn't afford the lavish but pricey "Here Come The Nice" multi-disc Box Set - here comes this fabulous single LP compilation that is essentially CD 1 from that motherlode (the singles disc) minus 3 tracks.

UK released Monday 17 February 2014 - "Greatest Hits: The Immediate Years 1967 - 1969" is a 17-track VINYL LP on Charly/Immediate CHARLY L 126 (180 Grams Blue Vinyl Limited Edition).

The LP (and 20-track CD) both feature 7" single mixes (all in MONO) from the UK and around the world and breaks down as follows:

Side 1:
1. Here Come The Nice - Immediate IM 050 (UK A-side, released 2 June 1967)
2. Talk To You - (B-side of 1)
3. Get Yourself Together - (B-side to the French "Here Come The Nice" EP - A-side to a Thailand EP)
4. Become Like You - (B-side to the French "Here Come The Nice" EP)
5. Green Circles - (B-side to a French and Uruguay)
6. Itchycoo Park - Immediate IM 057 (UK A-side, released 4 August 1967)
7. I'm Only Dreaming - (B-side of 6)
8. Tin Soldier - Immediate IM 062 (UK A-side, released 1 December 1967)
9. I Feel Much Better - (B-side of 8)

Side 2:
1. Lazy Sunday - Immediate IM 064 (UK A-side, released 5 April 1968)
2. Rollin' Home (Part II Of Happiness Stan) - (B-side of 1)
3. Mad John (Single Version) - (an extended version of the song on "Ogden's..." - released as a single A-side in 1969 in Australia)
4. The Journey (Single Version) - (B-side of 3)
5. The Universal - Immediate IM 069 (UK A-side, released 28 June 1968)
6. Donkey Rides, A Penny A Glass - (B-side of 5)
7. Afterglow Of Your Love - Immediate IM 077 (UK A-side, released 7 March 1969)
8. Wham Bam Thank You Mam (Double A with 7)

Fans will know from the CD box set that a near five-year search was undertaken to get the best tapes - with speeds and edits brought back to their original states. Supervised by surviving band members IAN McLAGAN and KENNEY JONES alongside Series Producer ROB CAIGER and Executive Producer JEAN-LUC YOUNG - the newly minted remasters by ROB LEYLOCH and NICK ROBBINS sound fabulous - full of presence and power and that centred punch only MONO gives you. In some respects this great sounding album will surely go a long way to convincing even the hardest of hearts that The Small Faces were a stunning singles band.

The 24-page colour digipak that comes with the CD is replaced by an inner sleeve on the BLUE VINYL album - colour photos of the band and singles sleeves on one side - with track-by-track annotation from Rob Caiger and Tosh Flood (edited text from the larger box) on the other.

While the big hits like "Itchycoo Park"" with its novel use of phased guitars and the genius of "Lazy Sunday" will be first ports of call - this compilation throws up criminally overlooked nuggets like "Donkey Rides, A Penny A Ride" (lyrics from it title this review) and the sonic assault of "Wham Bam Thank You Mam". Deep level fans will also chew up the rare versions of "Mad John" and "The Journey". I also love the continuity of the MONO sound - it has a power all of its own - great stuff. As you can imagine the LP is a limited edition and will sell out fast.

What a band - and what a blast it is to see their musical legacy be celebrated so well at last.

I suspect few will feel different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Small Faces gem., 7 April 2014
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A. Mitchell "Cricket gear" (Jersey CI) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Greatest Hits - The Immediate Years - 1967 - 1969 [VINYL] (Vinyl)
We all know the Small Faces was one of the finest bands of the 60's and this Greatest Hits compilation in super blue vinyl is a rare gem of a souvenir. And it just seems right that this collection is heard on the vinyl format. Remastered from the original tapes and sounding better than you have ever heard them before, this collection of their Immediate years A and B side singles reminds you of the classic songs that the band produced. Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane were master writers of songs and with the musical backing from Ian MacLagan and Kenney Jones, it is a welcome trip down memory lane. If you buy one piece of vinyl this year then invest in this one. For me Tin Soldier is the bands finest moment. But there so many other classics here. Enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic., 15 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Greatest Hits - The Immediate Years - 1967 - 1969 [VINYL] (Vinyl)
This is a real treasure for me. I did meet Small Faces in the end of the sixties when they played in Stockholm Nalen and i worked as a roadie. Small faces were a fantastic live band a a bunch of nice fellows.This really takes me back. There is also a lot of interresting background materiel. Higly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Do You Want A REAL Ultimate SMALL FACES Collection......?", 16 Jan 2014
This review is from: Immediate Years (Audio CD)
In advance of the imminent release of the gigantic 2014 deluxe SMALL FACES box set, here's a guide on how to obtain a REAL Ultimate SMALL FACES Collection with what I consider the best previous reissues, and at the end we'll compare it to the value of the new 'HERE COMES THE NICE: The Immediate Years 1967-1969' boxed set. 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: 40th Anniversary Edition, From The Beginning and Ultimate Collection (Disc One)

The 23 Track '40th ANNIVERSARY EDITION' of their first album on Decca comes in a nice digipak with great remastered sound. There are 9 exclusive tracks including B-Sides, non-album singles and alternate versions released only on French EPs......

'FROM THE BEGINNING' the 19 track "2nd album" released by Decca to cash in when they signed with Immediate, has 12 exclusive tracks including 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). Disc One, the 25 Track "The Decca Sessions" has only 4 exclusive tracks, but completes their released recorded output on Decca......

on IMMEDIATE: Small Faces: 35th Anniversary Edition, The Darlings Of Wapping Wharf Launderette

Although there are two 2013 versions of 'SMALL FACES (1st Album)' on Universal (UK) and Charly (US), I recommend 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. There are 17 exclusive tracks including the rare "Album Sampler" promo and the original 14 track album's mono mix......

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 16 exclusive tracks including their first hit single for Immediate, "Here Comes The Nice" (#12 UK), "The Universal" (#16 UK), "Afterglow (Of Your Love)" (#36 UK), and rare and alternate versions including P.P. Arnold's cover of "(If You Think You're) Groovy" with the boys as her backing group.....

With these five releases you'll have ALMOST all of their commercially releases output on Decca and Immediate. If you want to go all the way, you'll need......

'OGDENS NUT GONE FLAKE' Although all it's tracks are on the 'WHAPPING WHARF' collection, ever since the initial LP release in the now famous round album cover it's 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 2012 Charly release 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! 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)......

Lastly we come to THE AUTUMN STONE and BBC SESSIONS 1965-1968. 'THE AUTUMN STONE,' a hodgepodge "best of" featured 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. The 'BBC SESSIONS' contains 15 songs and 5 short interviews recorded live on "Auntie Beeb" and are in excellent sound quality for their age......

The new limited edition (of 3000) 'HERE COMES THE NICE: The Immediate Years 1967-1969' box set contains only 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, 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......

In conclusion, if you were to obtain all the above stand-alone releases, new and used (no lower than Very Good condition), on Amazon US it would run you an estimated $130. On Amazon UK it would come out to about 110. If you skipped the somewhat superfluous stand-alone 'OGEDENS' or 'AUTUMN STONE' and 'BBC' it would be even less. The new limited edition set is currently prices $144.00US on Amazon US. If you're a rabid SMALL FACES collector you probably won't mind shelling out for it just to get all ephemera, but for the same amount of money you could obtain 99% of their commercially released music. I guess it all depends if you like your music on a shelf or in you ears......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable, 3 April 2003
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This review is from: Immediate Years (Audio CD)
This is a complete compilation of the immidate years with evey track a gem a must have for every small faces fan if you buy it you'll love, if you don't you'll regret it!
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