Greatest Hits: The Immediate Years 1967-1969

Greatest Hits: The Immediate Years 1967-1969

by Small FacesSmall Faces


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The first disc of the 2014 box Here Come the Nice is also the only one that holds interest for the average listener, which is why it was released separately as a disc called Greatest Hits: Immediate Years. This is territory that has been explored many times over, but this is the best representation of the Small Faces' richest period: it contains 20 songs, all in their original mono single mixes. The compilers stretch the singles designation ever so slightly, finding space for U.K. B-sides, and a host of songs that appeared on European and Asian singles and EPs -- an elastic definition, to be sure, but it means this single disc winds up covering the very best of the Small Faces' best period. It has nearly all their biggest hits -- "Here Come the Nice," "Itchycoo Park," "Tin Soldier," "Lazy Sunday," "The Universal," "Afterglow of Your Love," all U.K. A-sides -- and it contains some of their best, colorful mod sides ("Talk to You," "[Tell Me] Have You Ever Seen Me," "Get Yourself Together"), excursions into psychedelia ("Green Circles"), and songs that split the difference between these two extremes while being underpinned by soulful rhythms ("I Feel Much Better," "Rollin' Over"). As this purposefully side-steps Decca sides, it can't be seen as definitive, but it's the best representation of what's by most measures the Small Faces' best period.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/04/2014
Label: Snapper Music
UPC: 0803415765423
catalogNumber: 654
Rank: 51230

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Small Faces   Primary Artist
Harry Beckett   Trumpet
Lyn Dobson   Flute
Steve Marriott   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Comb,Slide Guitar,Tubular Bells,Group Member
Ian McLagan   Piano,Harpsichord,Marimbas,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Mellotron,Wurlitzer,Piano (Grand),Group Member
Neemoi Acquaye   Conga
P.P. Arnold   Background Vocals
Peter Coe   Tenor Saxophone
Don Fay   Clarinet
Ronnie Lane   Accordion,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Comb,Upright Bass,Group Member
Eddie "Tan Tan" Thornton   Trumpet
Derek Wadsworth   Trombone
Kenney Jones   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Spoons,Group Member

Technical Credits

Small Faces   Arranger
Steve Marriott   Composer,Producer
Ian McLagan   Composer
John Pantry   Engineer
George Chkiantz   Engineer
Glyn Johns   Sound Effects,Engineer
Barry Green   Memorabilia
Andy Johns   Engineer
Eddie Kramer   Engineer
Ronnie Lane   Composer,Producer
Roger Mayer   Engineer
Kenney Jones   Composer,Source Recordings
Jean Luc Young   Executive Producer
Gered Mankowitz   Cover Photo
Michael O'Sullivan   Composer
Rob Caiger   Track Annotations,Tape Research
Phill Brown   Engineer
Tosh Flood   Track Annotations
Mandy O'Connor   Memorabilia

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