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Small Faces
Small Faces
Price: £9.22

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supreme debut album, 23 Dec. 2006
This review is from: Small Faces (Audio CD)
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.


The Passing Show [DVD] [2006]
The Passing Show [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Ronnie Lane
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £9.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice!, 10 Dec. 2006
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Superb documentary about Ronnie Lane. Plenty of footage of live performances from the Small Faces, Faces and Slim Chance. Indispensible.


Live at Klooks Kleeks
Live at Klooks Kleeks
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £9.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure British R&B, 30 July 2004
This review is from: Live at Klooks Kleeks (Audio CD)
This is an excellent record of the blues boom that happened in the mid-1960s with its accent on London. Many of the UK's top bands of the era came out of this "movement" and so, for this reason, a record of how this sounded is an important piece of the jigsaw for understanding 1960s British music. Not only is this a great live album that makes you feel you are in a small London jazz club but it features future Cream members Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce.
A mix of standards and a few originals including Train Time which later appeared on Cream's Wheels of Fire and BBC Sessions CD, this is British R&B at its best.


Our Music Is Red - With Purple Flashes: The Story of The Creation
Our Music Is Red - With Purple Flashes: The Story of The Creation
by Sean Egan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars England most under-rated group, 13 July 2004
The Creation were probably the best band to come out of England that very few people have heard of. They made some classic singles in the sixties but scarcely troubled the compiler of the charts yet they were massive in Germany. They influenced the likes of Led Zeppelin and later Oasis and even had a record
label named after them. Consequently, Sean Egan's biography is long overdue and is essential reading to anyone who loves 1960s British music. In some ways this is the story of a band at war but it is also a band that never really fulfiled its potential. The success of reunion gigs in the 1990s showed just how important they were seen to be, even 30 years later.


Steve Marriott: All Too Beautiful: It's All So Beautiful - The Life and Times of Steve Marriott
Steve Marriott: All Too Beautiful: It's All So Beautiful - The Life and Times of Steve Marriott
by Paolo Hewitt
Edition: Hardcover

73 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful talent but a very sad story, 23 Jun. 2004
Paulo Hewitt & John Hellier's biography of one of England's greatest artists is long overdue. Much has been written about the Small Faces but less about the remainder of Marriott's career, especially the 1970s when he was huge, popularity-wise not height, in the US. This book has much in it that is new, even to myself as a Small Faces fan.
While Steve Marriott was an icon for his generation, and the subsequent generation to some extent, and produced many memorable songs, his story is very sad. His life was ruined by drink and drugs and he took on a schizophrenic personality that detroyed his three marriages and, ultimately, contributed to his early death in 1991. Despite his undoubted talent, he never received the rewards he earned but he did not look for the fame so many of his contemporaries enjoyed. Despite that, he envied or even resented the lesser talents who did "cash in."
This is a very well-written book that goes further into the Marriott legend than anything else I have read. Even the keenest Small Faces fans will find something new here. It has been well-researched with many interviews that span the course of his life. The conclusion seems to be that everyone loved and respected Marriott but his schizophrenia and hyperative behaviour made him very difficult to live with.
A superb read and an eye-opener in many ways.
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Be Glad: An Incredible String Band Compendium
Be Glad: An Incredible String Band Compendium
by Adrian Whittaker
Edition: Paperback

44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About time too, 8 Dec. 2003
It has taken many years but the world now has its first definitive book about one of the most influential groups of the 1960s, the Incredible String Band. Sounding quite different to anybody else, you either got it or you didn't. But the Beatles, Stones and Led Zeppelin all worshipped at the court of Robin Williamson and Mike Heron and their influence is clearly audible in such great works as Led Zeppelin IV.
Over the last decade there has been a tremendous upsurge in interest in the Incredible String Band to the extent that the original line-up even reformed and toured for a couple of years. there is one reason that underlies this renewed interest, the fanzine beGlad. Started by Andy Roberts in the early 1990s, beGlad provided a forum for Incredible String Band fanzines with interviews and features. As such it started to bring people together.
By the mid-1990s, there had been a String Band Convention in Leeds with Mike, Robin and Malcolm LeMasitre all playing, albeit separately. In 1997, Mike and Robin played together for the first time since 1974. Clive and Malcolm also appeared on the same bill in Camden. At the end of 1999, Robin, Clive and Mike, the original Incredible String Band, were on stage together. Without beGlad magazine this would probably not have happened. beGlad brought many new fans to the band and they are the ones still going to see the current line-up or solo concerts by Robin Williamson.
Shortly after the Leeds Convention, Andy Roberts stopped editing beGlad. However, the song did not end as the magazine was taken over by Raymond Greenoaken and Adrian Whittaker. They built on Andy's start and turned beGlad into an A4 glossy magazine. However, number 20 was the final issue as Raymond and Adrian have other interests that require their time.
But the story does not end here. The wealth of information contained in beGlad has enabled editor Adrian Whittaker to compile it into a book. Despite the fact that much of the material was already written, this was still a mammoth task to take a series of disparate articles and to turn them into a book the details the career of the Incredible String Band until their 1974 split. This is more or less in chronological order with biographical features interspersed with highly detailed and analytical album reviews. There are also features on aspects of the Incredible String Band's lives such as the role of scientology, the numerous different instruments that they played live and on record and interviews with those whose own lives encountered those of the String Band. These include Billy Connolly who was a regular at the early gigs at Clive's Incredible Folk Club in Glasgow in the mid-1960s and appeared on the bill at the 1999 concert in Edinburgh where Mike, Robin and Clive were reunited. The circle was indeed unbroken.
The book is not just for the die-hard Stringhead. Of course, the enthusiastic String Band fans will find plenty of material for consideration. The album reviews, for example, are frequently highly analytical and detailed but the complexity of some of the String Band's material, musically and lyrically, demand a detailed investigation. But even the casual fan or even those less acquainted with the String Band will find their story very intriguing, entertaining and moving and easy to read.
Adrian Whittaker has clearly succeeded in evolving from a series of articles by different writers, written over a decade to a clear and concise history of the Incredible String Band. While it has been left as articles, partly as a credit to the original writers, it reads smoothly with no disturbing transition from one writer to another. Whittaker has also updated and corrected, where necessary. In addition, there is an extensive glossary of instruments used, detailed discography as well as a quiz and crossword.
This is far more than a tribute to the most idiosyncratic British band of the late 1960s and early 1970s but it is also a testament to the hard work and dedication of those who created and built beGlad into the excellent fanzine that it was. A second volume of additional material is alluded to and there must be considerable content about the solo careers of Mike, Robin, Clive and Malcolm as well as other "occasional" members of the band. This is, of course, another major project.


Freakbeat Freakout
Freakbeat Freakout
Offered by muzicmadnezz
Price: £18.99

10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hits you between the eyes!, 28 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Freakbeat Freakout (Audio CD)
There are some excellent tracks on this compilation including some artists who would become better known later such as the Spectres (Status Quo) and First Gear including Jimmy Page. Former Searcher Tony Jackson appears with the Vibrations. There are also great sounds from The Carnaby and the Sorrows. Excellent Mod sounds!


The Sound of the Jam
The Sound of the Jam
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £5.43

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to fault, 12 May 2002
This review is from: The Sound of the Jam (Audio CD)
It seems a strange choice of tracks as it is neither a greatest hits compilation or a "themed collection" such as b-sides. However, there are some great tracks on this CD that take me back to my youth and still sound exciting 20-25 years later. There is not really anything new here and the die-hard Jam fan should have everything. Maybe a repackaging exercise is justified if it helps to keep the Jam's music alive and introduce the band to a whole new set of fans.


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