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Deluxe edition indeed!!!
, 17 May 2012
This review is from: From The Beginning [Deluxe Edition] (Audio CD)
Some 45 years after Small Faces' debut album appeared on Decca Records, Universal Music Corporation, has released the ultimate "Deluxe" edition of the album. Disc one contains the original 14 track album in glorious mono sound. The disc is supplemented by 5 mono non-LP single sides. The second disc contains alternate mixes, backing tracks, alternate versions, and the 5 tracks available in "electronically processed stereo" sound. 35 tracks total, two more than previously avalable on the "Decca Anthology 1965-67" making this an essential addition to fans of the diminutive quartet. The two surviving members of the band, Kenny Jones and Ian McLagan serve as co-executive producers of the release. The 24 page booklet includes liner notes by Mark Paytress and wonderful artwork & design by Phil Smee with gorgeous photos spread throughout. The sound, remastering by Nick Robbins, is absolutely incredible. Obviously much thought and love were put into the packaging. As part 1 of the 4 part complete revamping and reissuing of the Small Faces catalog, this collection raises the bar high. The set comes at a bargain price as well. The 4 reissues, 9 cds in all, arrived just today from the UK as they have yet to be released in the US. Thus far time has not allowed listening to the other 3 sets, so their reviews will have to wait at least one more day. Suffice to say this set was well worth the two month lag time between my pre-order and its arrival. I'm anxious to give the others a listen, but take it from me, this is certainly a "deluxe edition" and if the story of Small Faces is to finally be told in one cohesive tale it should certainly start "From The Beginning." Pick this set up, give it a listen and there is little doubt you will be longing for more. Luckily your shopping basket should be quite large enough to hold lots of "Small Faces." 5 stars without a doubt. Now to give the other 3 sets a listen!
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