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The Small Faces were popular in England during Swinging London’s ‘60s mod explosion, competing with the Who and the Rolling Stones — but for some reason the band’s rich blend of British Invasion rock and American Rhythm & Blues just never hit in the States. This 19-song- deep collection covers a lot of early ground, starting with the instantly infectious “What’cha Gonna Do About It,” a 1965 hit (inspired by Solomon Burke’s “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love”) that became just as much of an anthem to the mod subculture as The Who’s “I Can’t Explain.” The powerful “Tin Soldier” is another standout as singer Steve Marriott croons soulfully alongside guest vocalist P.P. Arnold. The band’s first foray into psychedelia yielded “Itchycoo Park,” a swirling number that made no apologies about getting high — which made for a temporary ban on the BBC — before it hit at number three on the UK Singles Chart. The heavier “Wham Bam, Thank You Ma’am” leaned hard on Ian McLagan’s grinding Hammond organ and hinted at the sound that Marriott would later find in the band Humble Pie with Peter Frampton.

Customer Reviews

Doesn't contain Lazy Sunday

Despite what the AMG review says, this iTunes collection doesn't contain Lazy Sunday. That's unfortunate because that is, IMHO, far and away their best song. Still there are several other worthy tracks included here. Just make sure you go by the actual iTunes track listing and not by any reviews if you're looking for a particular favourite.

It's only Volume 1

You have no business being a rock music fan and not being intimately acquainted with these guys (or their subsequent Faces incarnation where singer guitarist Steve Marriot is replaced by Rod Stewart- yes that one- and Ron Wood-yes that one). This was a fantastic band and at times better than many of their better known contemporaries (the Who, Pink Floyd, Stones, et al). The band could swing and Marriot was a prodigy guitarist and vocalist- they just don't come like this anymore.
That said this is a fine place to start. But yr gonna need Volume 2 as well. Or just cut to the chase and get the expanded "Ogden's Nut Gone Flake".

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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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