Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake [50th Anniversary Box Set]

Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake [50th Anniversary Box Set]

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There was no shortage of good psychedelic albums emerging from England in 1967-1968, but Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake is special even within their ranks. The Small Faces had already shown a surprising adaptability to psychedelia with the single "Itchycoo Park" and much of their other 1967 output, but Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake pretty much ripped the envelope. British bands had an unusual approach to psychedelia from the get-go, often preferring to assume different musical "personae" on their albums, either feigning actual "roles" in the context of a variety show (as on the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album), or simply as storytellers in the manner of the Pretty Things on S.F. Sorrow, or actor/performers as on the Who's Tommy. The Small Faces tried a little bit of all of these approaches on Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake, but they never softened their sound. Side one's material, in particular, would not have been out of place on any other Small Faces release -- "Afterglow (Of Your Love)" and "Rene" both have a pounding beat from Kenny Jones, and Ian McLagan's surging organ drives the former while his economical piano accompaniment embellishes the latter; and Steve Marriott's crunching guitar highlights "Song of a Baker." Marriott singing has him assuming two distinct "roles," neither unfamiliar -- the Cockney upstart on "Rene" and "Lazy Sunday," and the diminutive soul shouter on "Afterglow (Of Your Love)" and "Song of a Baker." Some of side two's production is more elaborate, with overdubbed harps and light orchestration here and there, and an array of more ambitious songs, all linked by a narration by comic dialect expert Stanley Unwin, about a character called "Happiness Stan." The core of the sound, however, is found in the pounding "Rollin' Over," which became a highlight of the group's stage act during its final days -- the song seems lean and mean with a mix in which Ronnie Lane's bass is louder than the overdubbed horns. Even "Mad John," which derives from folk influences, has a refreshingly muscular sound on its acoustic instruments. Overall, this was the ballsiest-sounding piece of full-length psychedelia to come out of England, and it rode the number one spot on the U.K. charts for six weeks in 1968, though not without some controversy surrounding advertisements by Immediate Records that parodied the Lord's Prayer. Still, Ogdens' was the group's crowning achievement -- it had even been Marriott's hope to do a stage presentation of Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake, though a television special might've been more in order.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2018
Label: Snapper Uk
UPC: 0803415801251
catalogNumber: 5801251
Rank: 32480

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Small Faces   Primary Artist
Harry Beckett   Trumpet
Steve Marriott   Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Ian McLagan   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Harpsichord,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Peter Coe   Tenor Saxophone
Ronnie Lane   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Eddie "Tan Tan" Thornton   Trumpet
Derek Wadsworth   Trombone
Kenney Jones   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Group Member
Billy Nicholls   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Small Faces   Arranger
Steve Marriott   Composer,Producer
Ian McLagan   Composer
David McCallum   Orchestra Leader
Ed Cobb   Composer
Glyn Johns   Sound Effects,Engineer,Music Direction
Ronnie Lane   Composer,Producer
R. Shulman   Authoring
Peter Whitehead   Filmmaker
Kenney Jones   Composer
Mark Paytress   Liner Notes
Jean Luc Young   Executive Producer
Rachel Gutek   Reissue Design
Steve Graham   Interviewer
Gered Mankowitz   Liner Notes,Original Photography
Rob Caiger   Reissue Producer,Tape Research
Mick Swan   Artwork
Tony Calder   Liner Notes

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