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"...All The World Is Mine..." - Small Faces Greatest Hits ON VINYL
on 17 February 2014
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:
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)
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.