Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Small Faces - 2014 - Here Come The Nice

The Small Faces
Here Come The Nice 
(4CD + 4LP Box Set Charly Records Amazon Exclusive)

Small Faces Singles (Worldwide As Bs & EPs)

01. Here Come The Nice 02:57
02. Talk To You 02:06
03. (Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me 02:17
04. Something I Want To Tell You 02:08
05. Get Yourself Together 02:19
06. Become Like You 01:57
07. Green Circles 02:33
08. Eddie's Dreaming (B-Side Edit) 02:44
09. Itchycoo Park 02:46
10. I'm Only Dreaming 02:23
11. Tin Soldier 03:21
12. I Feel Much Better 03:57
13. Lazy Sunday 03:04
14. Rollin' Over (Part II Of Happiness Stan) 02:15
15. Mad John (Single Version) 02:08
16. The Journey (Single Version) 02:55
17. The Universal 02:45
18. Donkey Rides, A Penny A Glass 02:49
19. Afterglow Of Your Love (Single Version) 03:23
20. Wham Bam Thank You Mam 03:28

Original Immediate single versions
Taken from original mono master tapes

Small Faces In The Studio (Olympic, IBC & Trident Sessions - Part 1)

01. Shades Of Green (Mono) 00:40
02. Green Circles (Take 1 / Mono) 01:06
03. Green Circles (Take 1 Alt Mix 1 / Mono) 02:49
04. Anything (Tracking Session / Stereo) 03:48
05. Anything (Backing Track / Stereo) 03:09
06. Show Me The Way (Stripped Down Mix / Stereo) 02:13
07. Wit Art Yer (Tracking Session / Mono) 02:52
08. Wit Art Yer (Backing Track / Stereo) 02:30
09. I Can't Make It (Alt Mix / Stereo) 02:29
10. Doolally (Tracking Session / Mono) 04:11
11. What's It Called? (Overdub Session / Mono) 00:36
12. Call It Something Nice (Take 9 / Stereo) 02:06
13. Wide Eyed Girl (Take 2 / Stereo) 01:45
14. Wide Eyed Girl On The Wall (Alt Mix / Stereo) 03:30
15. Donkey Rides, A Penny A Glass (Stripped Down Mix / Stereo) 03:26
16. Red Balloon With A Blue Surprise (Take 5 / Stereo) 00:49
17. Red Balloon (Alt Mix / Stereo) 04:31
18. Saieide Mamoon (Tracking Session / Stereo) 09:36

All tracks previously unreleased versions
Taken from original studio multitrack and session master tapes

Small Faces In The Studio (Olympic, IBC & Trident Sessions - Part 2)

01. Wham Bam Thank You Mam (Alt Mix / Stereo) 03:26
02. I Can't Make It (Stripped Down Mix / Stereo) 02:36
03. This Feeling Of Spring (Take 1 / Stereo) 01:46
04. All Our Yesterdays (Backing Track / Mono) 02:12
05. Talk To You (Alt Mix / Stereo) 02:24
06. Mind The Doors Please (Mono) 05:04
07. Things Are Going To Get Better (Stripped Down Mix / Stereo) 02:46
08. Mad John (Tracking Session / Stereo) 04:01
09. A Collibosher (Take 4 / Stereo) 03:33
10. Lazy Sunday Afternoon (Early Mix / Mono) 03:02
11. Jack (Backing Track / Stereo) 03:38
12. Fred (Backing Track / Stereo) 03:09
13. Red Balloon (Stripped Down Mix / Stereo) 01:35
14. Kolomodelomo (Take 1 / Stereo) 02:47
15. Donkey Rides, A Penny A Glass (Alt Mix / Stereo) 03:36
16. Jenny's Song (Take 2 / Stereo) 04:04

All tracks previously unreleased versions
Taken from original studio multitrack and session master tapes

Alternate Small Faces (Out-takes & In-concert)

01. Itchycoo Park (Take 1 Stereo Mix) 02:53
02. Here Come The Nice (Take 1 Stereo Mix) 03:03
03. I'm Only Dreaming (Take 1 Stereo Mix) 02:27
04. Don't Burst My Bubble (Mono) 02:26
05. I Feel Much Better (Stereo) 03:58
06. Green Circles (Take 1 Italian Version / Mono) * 02:45
07. Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow (Alt Mix / Stereo) * 01:54
08. Piccanniny (Alt Mix / Stereo) 03:04
09. Get Yourself Together (Alt Mix / Stereo) * 02:21
10. Eddie's Dreaming (Take 2 Alt Mix / Stereo) * 02:46
11. (Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me (Take 2 Alt Mix / Stereo) * 02:11
12. Up The Wooden Hills To Bedfordshire (US Alt Mix / Mono) * 02:02
13. Afterglow Of Your Love (Alt Single Version / Mono) * 03:38
14. (If You Think You're) Groovy (Mono / The Lot - P.P. Arnold & Small Faces) 02:57
15. Me You And Us Too (Mono) 03:33
16. The Universal (Take 1 Stereo Mix) 02:47
17. Rollin' Over (Live / Stereo) 02:29
18. If I Were A Carpenter (Live / Stereo) 02:29
19. Every Little Bit Hurts (Live / Stereo) 06:12
20. All Or Nothing (Live / Stereo) 04:05
21. Tin Soldier (Live / Stereo) 03:19

All tracks rare or * previously unreleased versions
Taken from original studio and session master tapes
Live tracks recorded at Newcastle City Hall 18 November 1968
Taken from Pye Studios master tape, pitch and speed corrected

It goes without saying that such a comprehensive and relatively expensive release caters specifically to fans of the group. There is, I believe, little doubt that the number of fans of the group is significantly larger than the limited 3000 copies this classy boxset is released in.

The majority of people will probably be most interested in the music itself and about this, it can in brief be said , "Great - and outstanding sound" . There has been a huge research work done in order to find the best sources of all these tracks, which in many cases are the original multi-track tapes. It is also clear that The Small Faces recorded their music under unusually good conditions; for their time. It's amazing how clean and clear it all sounds. Everything is remastered and many songs have been remixed from the master tapes, which means that you notice details that were previously to various degrees hidden in the mixes.

What's on the four CDs then? CD 1 is the most easy go go to as it contains the group's singles A's and B's released during 1967-69. Not many groups can cope with such a variety of great songs, and this also applies to B-sides , which in many cases might as well have been A-sides. Particularly interesting is "Mad John" which is without Stan Unwin 's narrative and which has a different fadeout .

CD2 and CD 3 give a fine insight into the group working with their music. Some of the cuts are short fragments while others are full versions of the songs in new mixes, often without fade outs and therefore often longer than the known versions. Although you meet new and previously unheard of titles in the track list you should be aware that these are titles in most cases cover the early stages of well-known songs . There are very fine new and finished mixes of "I Can't Make It ," "Call it Something Nice ," "Wide Eyed Girl on the Wall", " Red Balloon", "Wham Bam Thank You Mam" , "Just Passing" ( This Feeling of Spring ), "Talk To You", "Collibosher", " Donkey Rides , A Penny , A Glass" , "Autumn Stone" ( Jenny 's Song ) and several others. Also interesting to hear a version of "Green Circles" with Steve Marriott as lead singer .

On CD 4 there are also a lot of great and interesting stuff and this CD is like CD 1 very listenable . These alternative versions are in most cases on par with the known ones, and in some cases maybe even better. Here I will highlight "Me You and Us Two" , a song previously erroneously released as "Wham Bam Thank You Mam" . The guitar riff is indeed the same but it has completely different lyrics, and it features Nicky Hopkins on piano. Interesting also to hear the single version of "Afterglow" at the correct pace.

The live numbers have all been previously released , but these are cleaner mixes and correct speed pitches.

In addition to the four CDs the box includes a very informative book, which include the exciting story of the extensive research of locating all the best sources for the music.

There is also a reprint of two rare French EPs and two singles. One is a promtion single that was made for the first Immediate album , while the other include an acetate called "Mystery" , which is an early version of "Something I want to tell you" . Moreover there are reprinting of various old fan-articles and a couple of posters. And then there are personally handwritten signings by Kenney Jones and Ian Maclagan .

I am in no way in regret this investment and I can highly recommend it. The first CD with the singles has been released separately, so if you find it too costly with a whole box , you can instead chose "Greatest Hits , The Immediate Years 1967 - 1969"

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