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Album Review

Just when the first-generation British Invasion bands galloped ahead into pop art in 1966, the Small Faces worked a heavy R&B groove on their 1966 debut. That's not to say that this pack of four sharp-suited mods were unaware of the times. If anything, no other British band of the mid-'60s was so keenly tuned into fashion, the four Small Faces capturing the style and sound of dancing pilled-up mods better even than the Who, possibly because the group could carry a groove better than the Who, as this tightly propulsive debut amply illustrates. Like many '60s debuts, The Small Faces is split between covers, songs the label pushed on the band, and originals, some clearly interpolations of songs they'd been covering in clubs. "Come on Children" echoes James Brown's "Think," and "You Need Loving" is based on Willie Dixon's "You Need Love." Later, Led Zeppelin would rework the Small Faces' "You Need Loving" into "Whole Lotta Love," and while it's easy to hear how Steve Marriott's raw-throated howl influenced Robert Plant as much as Marriott's heavy shards of guitar influenced Jimmy Page, what's striking about The Small Faces is that there is very little blues or rock & roll here: it's all hard-charging, driving R&B and soul, the emphasis all on the groove. By stressing the beat, the Small Faces carry themselves over some slight songwriting — the band's energetic interplay carries them over the rough spots between "It's Too Late," "What'Cha Gonna Do About It," and "Sha La La La Lee," and that concentration even pushes them into trailblazing territory, as on the lean, ominous pulse of "E Too D." Such moments keep The Small Faces sounding fearless and fresh even when by other respects it is very much a record of its time.

Customer Reviews

Come on Children!!

Let me start by saying that in my mind this is probably the BEST album ever recorded. Steve Marriott, Ronny (Leafy) Lane, and the rest of the gang release the quintessential mod/pop/blue eyed soul album. Songs like "What'cha Gonna Do About It" "You Better Believe It" and "One Night Stand" are all classic, especcialy sinced they were penned by some kids under 20 years old. This is a great album and the bonus tracks like "Sha La La La Lee" make it even more worth while. The greatest album ever!

You Need A Whole Lotta Love!

The Small Faces rarely get the credit they deserve in the U.S. they brought a great mix of R&R, R&B, and Blues, they were somehow more popular reworked as "Faces" w/ Rod Stewart. They scored big with "Itchycoo Park", though I liked the lesser hit "Tin Soldier" better. Check out "Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake", for a great rock adventure. This collection is worth having just for "You Need Loving" which Zeppelin totally ripped off, then were sued by Willie Dixon, who wrote thr original for Muddy Waters, as chronicled in "Cadillac Records". This is great Stuff. Get it!


You know these guys are really good, I can't believe I've never even heard of them before. I'm only 15 and I think this is really good. I wouldn't buy the whole album, but you should buy You Better Believe It, One Night Stand, What'cha Gonna Do About It, Sorry She's Mine, and Don't Stop What You Are Doing. Much better than some of the crap that comes out these days.


Formed: 1965 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Small Faces were the best English band never to hit it big in America. Outside Europe, all anybody remembers them for is their sole hit, "Itchycoo Park," which was hardly representative of their psychedelic sound, much less their full musical range -- but in England, Small Faces were one of the most extraordinary and successful bands of the mid-'60s, serious competitors to the Who and potential rivals to the Rolling Stones. Lead singer/guitarist Steve Marriott's formal background was on the stage;...
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