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Small Faces - The Ultimate Collection

Review: Simon Pinion

THE legend that was the Sixties, now WAS a long time ago.

Today's record buying public will easily be able to mention a handful of bands when asked about Sixties music.

The Beatles, the Stones, The Who, The Beach Boys - maybe even The Kinks or The Hollies - but few would mention The Small Faces.

A pivotal band in 'The Mod' movement (fronted by The Who), The Small Faces are a band who would be well-known by those who lived the Sixties, but may be a new name to later generations.

This Ultimate Collection, of 50 songs, takes you through a brief, but accomplished career. The band split up at the end of 1968, so after more than 35 years, there may not be too many of the original fans still out there to buy new releases.

As with all compilations, this release takes you through a mixed career - taking in the highs and lows, from one of their earliest singles, Sha-La-La-La-Lee, showing their beginnings in pop, to the much harder (number one single) All or Nothing. The diverse mix of singles takes a trip down musical change.

To someone who is a newcomer to Small Faces, this CD may seem like a selection of songs from several bands, given that it takes in everything from pop to R 'n' B and Blues - but this album represents a cross-section of musical genres from Sixties Britain.

As Sixties compilations become more than a little bit long in the tooth, with the same songs being released again and again, The Small Faces may be worth checking out.

With a sound that could not be replicated today, those curious about what Sixties music is all about should enjoy this band.

You'll soon sort out some favourites (mine being Itchycoo Park) and some to skip, but not many bands can release a double CD of 50 songs while retaining quality all the way through.

If you've ever liked anything from The Who, The Animals, or even early Stones, then make this a purchase.

Track listing:
1. What'cha Gonna Do About It?
2. I've Got Mine
3. It's Too Late
4. Sha-La-La-La-Lee
5. Grow Your Own
6. Hey Girl
7. Shake
8. Come On Children
9. You Better Believe It
10. One Night Stand
11. Sorry She's Mine
12. Own Up Time
13. You Need Loving
14. Don't Stop What You Are Doing
15. E Too D
16. All Or Nothing
17. Understanding
18. My Mind's Eye
19. I Can't Dance With You
20. I Can't Make It
21. Just Passing
22. Patterns
23. Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow
24. That Man
25. Baby Don't You Do It
26. Here Comes The Nice
27. Talk To You
28. Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me
29. Things Are Going To Get Better
30. My Way Of Giving
31. Green Circles
32. Get Yourself Together
33. Up The Wooden Hills To Bedfordshire
34. Eddie's Dreaming
35. Itchycoo Park
36. I'm Only Dreaming
37. Tin Soldier
38. I Feel Much Better
39. Ogden's Nut Gone Flake
40. Afterglow (Of Your Love)
41. Song Of A Baker
42. Lazy Sunday
43. Rollin' Over
44. Mad John
45. Happydaystoytown
46. The Universal
47. Donkey Rides, A Penny, A Glass
48. Wham, Bam, Thank You Mam
49. Don't Burst My Bubble
50. The Autumn Stone

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