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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Small Faces - The Immediate Years (1965-69 uk, superb classic mod psych freakbeat, four discs box, 1st edition)



The box opens up modestly enough with Steve Marriott's old band, the Moments, covering the Kinks' "You Really Got Me" and doing one other song, "Money Money." A few of the band's Decca tracks that seem to float between Decca and Immediate follow, and then we plunge into the group's Immediate history. 

Andrew "Loog" Oldham's independent label wasn't much more organized than the typical blues label from Chicago in the 1950s, and the Small Faces' tape library is a mess. But the producers have included everything -- every stereo and mono version of each song (where a different mix exists), the five official live tracks, the unfinished backing tracks, every known outtake. 

Anyone who thinks this is overkill doesn't know the Small Faces -- they weren't much less prolific than the Rolling Stones, and were better than the Stones as both a soul band and a psychedelic band (the Stones never really made the jump into drug songs too comfortably); and based on the evidence, they could have cut the Who to shreds most nights. 

The sound varies, although it's all been nicely cleaned up (mildly CEDAR-ized, actually), and while three versions of "(Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me" may seem like overkill, it's all fascinating stuff, watching certain songs change and evolve. This is where it ends for the serious fan.
by Bruce Eder


Tracks
Disc 1
1. (The Moments) - You Really Got Me (Ray Davies) - 2:24
2  (The Moments) - Money , Money (Ray Charles) - 2:18
3. Watcha Gonna Do About (Samewll, Potter) - 1:58
4. Sha La La La Lee (Shuman, Lynch) - 2:56
5. Hey Girl - 2:18
6. My Mind's Eye (Original Single Mix) - 1:57
7. My Mind's Eye (Album Mix) - 2:04
8. All Or Nothing - 3:05
9. Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow - 1:55
10.I Can't Make It (Mono Version) - 2:12
11.Just Passing (Mono Version) - 1:14
12.Here Comes The Nice (Mono Version) - 2:58
13.Talk To You (Mono Version) - 2:08
14.Itchycoo Park (Mono Version) - 2:49
15.I'm Only Dreaming (Mono Version) - 2:25
16.Tin Soldier (Mono Version) - 3:22
17.I Feel Much Better (Mono Version) (Mariott, Lane, McLagan) - 3:58
18.Lazy Sunday (Mono Version) - 3:06
19.Rollin' Over (Mono Version) - 2:13
20.The Universal (Mono Version) - 2:46
21.Donkey Rides , A Penny , A Glass (Mono Version) (Mariott, Lane, McLagan) - 2:51
22.Afterglow (Of Your Love)  (Mono Single Edit) - 3:26
23.Wham, Bam, Thank You Mam (Mono Version) - 3:18


Disc 2
1. I Can't Make It (Stereo Version) - 2:12
2. Just Passing (Stereo Version) - 1:16
3. Here Comes The Nice (Stereo Version) - 3:04
4. Itchycoo Park (Stereo Version) - 2:51
5. I'm Only Dreaming (Stereo Version) - 2:26
6. Tin Soldier (Stereo Version) - 3:24
7. I Feel Much Better (Stereo Version) (Mariott, Lane, McLagan) - 3:58
8. The Universal (Stereo Version) - 2:42
9. Donkey Rides, A Penny A Glass (Stereo Version) (Mariott, Lane, McLagan) - 2:54
10.Wham Bam, Thank You Mam (Stereo Version) - 3:19
11.(Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me (Version 2) - 2:15
12.Something I Want To Tell You - 2:10
13.Feeling Lonely - 1:35
14.Happy Boys Happy - 1:37
15.Things Are Going To Get Better - 2:40
16.My Way Of Giving (Version 2) - 2:00
17.Green Circles (Version 1) (Mariott, Lane, O'Sullivan) - 2:48
18.Become Like You - 1:58
19.Get Yourself Together - 2:16
10.All Our Yesterdays - 1:53
21.Talk To You - 2:09
22.Show Me The Way - 2:09
23.Up The Wooden Hills To Bedfordshire - 2:06
24.Eddie's Dreaming (Mariott, Lane, McLagan) - 2:53


Disc 3
1. Ogden's Nut Gone Flake (Mariott, Lane, McLagan, Jones) - 2:29
2. Afterglow (Of Your Love) - 3:32
3. Long Agos And Worlds Apart (McLagan) - 2:34  
4. Rene - 4:31
5. Song Of A Baker - 3:16
6. Lazy Sunday - 3:07
7. Happiness Stan - 2:36
8. Rollin' Over - 2:49  
9. The Hungry Intruder (Mariott, Lane, McLagan) - 2:14
10.The Journey (Mariott, Lane, McLagan, Jones) - 4:09
11.Mad John - 2:50
12.Happydaystoytown - 4:21  
13.Rollin' Over (Live Version) - 2:31
14.If I Were A Carpenter (Live Version) (Tim Hardin) - 2:33
15.Every Little Bit Hurts (Live Version) (Ed Cobb) - 6:22
16.All Or Nothing (Live Version) - 3:43
17.Tin Soldier (Live Version) - 3:22


Disc 4
1. Call It Something Nice - 2:06
2. The Autumn Stone (Marriott) - 4:00  
3. Every Little Bit Hurts (Studio Version) (Ed Cobb) - 3:56
4. Collibosher - 3:13
5. Red Balloon (Tim Hardin) - 4:13
6. Don't Burst My Bubble - 2:24
7. (Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me (Version 3) - 2:06  
8. Green Circles (Version 2) (Mariott, Lane, O'Sullivan) - 2:35
9. Picaninny - 3:04  
10.The Pig Trotters - 2:47
11.The War Of The Worlds - 3:15
12.Wide-Eyed Girl On The Wall - 2:48
13.Tin Soldier (Instrumental Version) - 3:03
14.Green Circles (USA Mix) (Mariott, Lane, O'Sullivan) - 2:52
15.Wham Bam, Thank You Mam (Guide Vocal) - 3:22
16.Collibosher (Alternate Mix) - 3:35
17.Donkey Rides, A Penny, A Glass (Alternate Mix With Experimental Brass Overdub) (Mariott, Lane, McLagan) - 3:08  
18.The Hungry Intruder (Instrumental Version) (Mariott, Lane, McLagan) - 2:04
19.Red Balloon (Alternate Mix) (Tim Hardin) -  4:21
20.Tin Soldier (Half Instrumental, Half Vocal Mix) - 3:24
21.The Autum Stone (Alternate Mix) - 4:00
22.Wide-Eyed Girl On The Wall (Alternate Mix) - 2:58
All songs by Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane except where noted

Small Faces
*Steve Marriott - Lead Vocals, Guitar
*Ronnie Lane - Lead Vocals, Bass
*Ian McLagan - Keyboards, Vocals
*Kenny Jones - Drums, Percussion

1967  Small Faces - Green Circles / First Immediate Album 
1968  The Small Faces - Ogden's Nut Gone Flake (3 discs set)
Related Act 
1969  Humble Pie - As Safe As Yesterday Is (Japan edition)
1969  Humble Pie - Town and Country (2007 remaster and expanded)
1970  Humble Pie (Japan edition)
1971  Humble Pie - Rock On
1971  Humble Pie - Performance, Rockin’ The Fillmore (2013 issue, 4 discs set)
1972  Humble Pie - Smoikin' (Japan edition)
1973  Humble Pie - Eat It (Japan edition)
1973  Humble Pie - In Concert / King Biscuit Flower Hour

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks Marios to post this awesome box set with classic british sound.
Best wishes,
buckeye

Psyclist said...

This is the ultimaste collection. A must have:) Thx Marios

The MysteryTramp said...

What a great band these guys were. Thanks for sharing this collection!