Small Faces Collection Deluxe Edition 1966-1968: A Review of the 4 Albums and 9 CDs Box Set
If you are a fan of the British rock band Small Faces, you might be interested in their Collection Deluxe Edition 1966-1968, a box set that contains four albums and nine CDs, released in 2012 by Universal Music Catalogue. This box set features remastered versions of their original albums, as well as alternate mixes, bonus tracks, and rare recordings. In this article, we will review each album and highlight some of the best songs from this collection.
Small Faces - Decca (2CD Box Set)
This is the debut album of Small Faces, originally released in 1966 by Decca Records. It showcases their early style of garage rock, pop rock, and mod, influenced by American R&B and soul music. The album includes their first hit single, "What'Cha Gonna Do About It", which reached number 14 on the UK Singles Chart. Other notable songs are "Shake", "You Better Believe It", "You Need Loving", and "Sha La La La Lee". The second CD contains alternate versions and mixes of some of the songs, as well as their cover of Marvin Gaye's "Baby Don't You Do It".
From The Beginning (2CD Box Set)
This is the second album of Small Faces, released in 1967 by Decca Records. It was a compilation of previously recorded material, some of which were intended for their second studio album that was never completed. The album features some of their most popular songs, such as "My Mind's Eye", "Hey Girl", "(Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me", "All Or Nothing", and "Understanding". The second CD includes alternate mixes and versions of some of the songs, as well as their version of Chuck Berry's "Almost Grown".
Small Faces - Immediate (2CD Box Set)
This is the third album of Small Faces, and their first one for Immediate Records, released in 1967. It marked a shift in their musical direction, incorporating more psychedelic rock, pop art, and concept album elements. The album is also known as "There Are But Four Small Faces" in the US. The album contains some of their most famous songs, such as "Itchycoo Park", "Tin Soldier", "Lazy Sunday", and "Here Come The Nice". The second CD contains alternate mixes and versions of some of the songs, as well as their cover of Del Shannon's "Runaway".
Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake (3CD Box Set)
This is the fourth and final album of Small Faces, released in 1968 by Immediate Records. It is widely regarded as their masterpiece, and one of the most influential albums in rock history. It is a concept album that tells the story of Happiness Stan, a character who goes on a journey to find the missing half of the moon. The album features a mix of hard rock, psychedelic rock, folk rock, music hall, and spoken word comedy. The album includes classics such as "Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake", "Afterglow (Of Your Love)", "Song Of A Baker", and "The Universal". The second CD contains alternate mixes and versions of some of the songs, as well as their cover of Tim Hardin's "If I Were A Carpenter". The third CD contains a live performance of the album at Newcastle City Hall in 1968.
The Collection Deluxe Edition 1966-1968 is a must-have for any Small Faces fan or collector. It offers a comprehensive overview of their career and musical evolution, from their early mod roots to their psychedelic peak. The box set also includes a booklet with liner notes, photos, and memorabilia. If you want to experience one of the most innovative and influential bands in British rock history, this is the box set for you. ec8f644aee