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5.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe edition indeed!!!, 17 May 2012
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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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Initial post: 17 May 2012 21:53:42 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 May 2012 21:54:17 BDT
Mark Barry says:
Great review Kevin. And with the info needed...

I've reviewed the "Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake" triple myself and it sounds fabulous too - as you said, care taken with it.
Next stop the "Small Faces" Immediate issue and then the first bank manager will be pleased...

On a slight down note - where's "The Autumn Stone", a double album from 1969 on Immediate - it had sensational exclusive tracks like the killer instrumental "Collibosher"? Hopefully that will be DELUXE EDITION No.5?

The campaign starts here...

In reply to an earlier post on 20 May 2012 20:19:30 BDT
Tosh Flood, the official spokesman for compiler Rob Caiger, has stated that "The Autumn Stone" & "The BBC Sessions" will be upgraded in 2013, and that there will be a 5-CD box set in November 2012. Obviously, the compilers are going to try to wring every last pound & dollar out of their tape stash, which will be good for Kenney Jones & Ian McLagan, who now, after years of negotiating, now receive artist royalties. Apparently, more session tapes & unreleased material have been found subsequent to the compiling of the four May 2012 releases. As Tosh Flood has hinted, box set, may ultimately become BOX SETS. To illustrate how sparingly Caiger is using the session multitracks, in these four expanded "Small Faces" editions, only one track has been obtained by mixing from multitrack tapes.
As you may be aware, I compiled the (now deleted) Charly Records 1995 4-CD box "Small Faces-The Immediate Years". While I regret that the new tape-sharing deal between Charly(holder of the non-UK rights to the "Immediate Records" recordings) & Universal Music(holder of the UK-only rights) has permanently cut me out of the picture as a compiler of "Immediate" recordings, I won't mind, if Rob Caiger does a good job with the "Small Faces" recordings, and those of other "Immediate" artists. I've heard 3 of the 4 new "Small Faces" releases(the "Ogden's" 3-CD set apparently fell of of the parcel, or was stolen while in route), I'm pleased with the two expanded "Decca" albums(though the so-called "French E.P." version of "My Mind's Eye", which was also the U.S.A. single version, is not included). Universal's source for that track was of very poor quality, though my source on "The Immediate Years"(the RCA Victor U.S.A. promo single) was much better. My only other complaint: the instrumental "Picanninny" exists in stereo, but the compiler presents the track in mono.
As for the 2-CD expanded version of the first "Immediate" album, it could have been much better. The stereo disc omits the stereo versions of "I'm Only Dreaming" & "I Feel Much Better" for no apparent reason. (the stereo & mono mixes of "I'm Only Dreaming' feature different vocal takes). By the way, though spokesman Tosh Flood claims that no material has been cloned from the Charly box set, Charly is credited amongst those record labels who have supplied sources. What Charly supplied for the mono version of "I'm Only Dreaming" is a dub from vinyl that I made back in 1994. You'll note a brief, subtle skip during the piano intro. There was a very loud vinyl "pop" which could not be fully concealed by noise reduction, so my Charly Records engineer(ex-Decca engineer Peter Rynston) edited out the "pop" leaving a subtle skip.
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