This was the American version of The Small Faces' first Immediate album. As was often the practice at thetime, the precaution was taken in America to ensure that the artists’ singles were includes on the albums and moreover there were often fewer numbers on these albums. This meant that in several cases more albums could be released than in Europe. This phenomenon is known from many of the greatest acts of the time like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Kinks. Whether there was similar ulterior motives behind this Small Faces release is uncertain; in any case, there were no extra Small Faces albums released, although actually only 12 tracks were put on "There Are But Four Small Faces" and seven tracks from the European version were omitted.
At any rate, "There Are But Four Small Faces" is a great album; one of the greats of this era. The three singles "Tin Soldier", "Here Come the Nice" and "Itchycoo Park" are great classics, and the two B-sides "I'm Only Dreaming" and "I Feel Much Better", which were not included on the European version, are both charming psych-pop mixed with a good portion soul. This applies by the way to the whole album, where no tracks fall through.
But is there really a need for this release when now all tracks are also found on the deluxe edition of the European album. Maybe not – but personally as a big fan of the group, I think it is fine and lovely addition to the music collection and to a very reasonable price. Some bonus tracks are previously unreleased versions or at least hard to find.
There are both a stereo and mono CD, and in some case there are quite marked differences between the two versions. Also a fine booklet with relevant and interesting information. And yes, the music some great – as crystal clear as it gets.
As was the way in the 60s many groups had two version of albums, one for the UK and on in the US. The Small faces had this as their US debut, a hotch potch of Hits and Key tracks, and very cohesive in the mix. It’s very difficult to go wrong with a small faces Collection anyway no song outstays its welcome. Nothing much longer that 2 ½ minutes.
What makes this deluxe edition different then?
First its two discs though it would probably fit on one disc, but it does preserve some integrity, in the album.
The first disc is the straight stereo version of the album sounds great not mastered too hot, plenty of dynamics, tacked on the end are early mix versions of some songs I think ‘Up The Wooden Hills To Bedfordshire‘ great, ‘I’m Only Dreaming’ sounds great with a more focused Steve's vocal. ‘Get Yourself Together’ good and ‘(Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me’, the acoustic guitar is prominent and far out front of all but the vocals
Disc 2 is the unreleased mono DJ/promo mix, a very different sounding album Mono obviously but the mix sounds so different as to make it new and unfamiliar, but all the songs are there.
This disc finishes with more bonus tracks the USA version of ‘Here Comes the Nice’ nuances to the vocal parts mark this out, The last track, Green Circles (take 1, alt. mix 2very stripped back as is the vocal less Tin Soldier (TV version)
in the 60's the American music tastes were different to ours non album singles had to be added, the sound had to be sweetened this is a great album featuring the best of the immediate recordings the stereo and mono are versions included a Small Faces collectors edition which would be a perfect introduction