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Small Faces: The Anthology: 1965-1967

Track List

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (12/26/96, p.189) - "...primo pumped-up R&B. Over churning guitar and humming Hammond organ, singer Steve Marriott defined the role of wailing banshee long before the heydays of Rod Stewart and Robert Plant. Oasis fans take note: 'All or Nothing' is the real Brit pop."

Entertainment Weekly (11/1/96, p.71) - "...these two CDs offer terrific examples of the sort of soul-infused pop tunes Oasis would kill for..."

- Rating: B+

Q (8/99, p.134) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...There are few lives that would not be improved by this and the full mod monty..."

Album Notes

The Small Faces: Steve Marriott (vocals, guitar); Ronnie Lane (vocals, bass); Ian McLagan (organ); Kenney Jones (drums); Jimmy Winston.

Recorded between 1965 and 1967. Includes liner notes by Paolo Hewitt.

The Small Faces' catalog is one of the most confusing in rock & roll history, featuring multiple compilations bearing the same title but considerably different track listings, reworked original albums, and haphazard retrospectives. The double-disc Anthology: 1965-1967 goes a long way toward correcting those problems, yet it stops just short of being definitive. Containing all of the material the band recorded for Decca Records -- including "Whatcha Gonna Do About It?," "Sha-La-La-La-Lee," "Hey Girl," "All or Nothing," and "My Mind's Eye" -- which means it cuts off just as the Small Faces were entering their most creative period. Still, the Small Faces were an excellent British R&B group and that phase is captured in all its glory on this set. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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