Small Faces Part 1- The Decca Recordings (1965-1967)

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Post by vinylhound » Sun Apr 12, 2009 3:35 pm

I am not that familiar with the Small Faces, but am very familiar with the Faces. Both groups are largely forgotten today. For those that can stand listening to CD's, Five Guys Walk In To A Bar is a very good box set. I would give it four stars because there is a lot of raw demo cuts that I just don't care for. But it's still worthy, and represents much of the catalogue.

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Post by dillon » Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:16 am

vinylhound wrote:I am not that familiar with the Small Faces, but am very familiar with the Faces..


Really....that seems a little odd. nice vinyls philly 8) i got the first 2 albums on original NZ decca, with about 3 decca singles from memory. they are pretty much the same as thee english vinyls just the labels are orange and the back covers print is in black and white. haven't listened to them in years, might dig em out! my opinion their decca stuff is better than their immediate stuff. but that stuff still kicks arse!

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Re: Small Faces Part 1- The Decca Recordings (1965-1967)

Post by B_big. » Mon Apr 13, 2009 10:54 am

fromphilly1247 wrote:. . . I realize that to many of our European members, the Small Faces may not be considered an obscurity . . .
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  • Quite the contrary, they have been one of the most influential band of the late 60's. Some folks concede them a major roll in creating the 'Psych' genre. For me personally they have been the most important rock-band, beside the 'Rolling Stones', in the 60's, when I was a teenage boy. Unfortunately I couldn't afford to buy records in the early days of "Beat-music", but I managed to buy a nice bunch of their early singles during my flea market forays in the early 70's, for little money!
    I have to confess, I'm envious when I see your original albums on UK Decca, but nowadays they're horrible expensive. Therefore I comfort myself with the singles and the re-issue of their first album.

    'Ogden's Nut Gone Flake', their 1968 Immediate album, belongs to the most influential concept recordings of all time, and has helped to assure their image to be one the first psychedelic band at that time, and certainly they were Britain's best!

    Thanks for recalling the memories at one of the world's most important rock bands of all time.
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Post by vinylhound » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:12 pm

dillon wrote:
vinylhound wrote:I am not that familiar with the Small Faces, but am very familiar with the Faces..


Really....that seems a little odd. nice vinyls philly 8) i got the first 2 albums on original NZ decca, with about 3 decca singles from memory. they are pretty much the same as thee english vinyls just the labels are orange and the back covers print is in black and white. haven't listened to them in years, might dig em out! my opinion their decca stuff is better than their immediate stuff. but that stuff still kicks arse!
Why would it seem odd. These guys again are largely forgotten. Stones fans would be familiar with them, sure, but outside of that? As the original poster said they never got the exposure. The Faces did tour the U.S.. But by the early 80's when radio played much more 60's, 70's rock then now, they never got airplay. I can't recall them getting much airplay in the late 70's.

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Post by dillon » Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:45 pm

vinylhound wrote:
dillon wrote:
vinylhound wrote:I am not that familiar with the Small Faces, but am very familiar with the Faces..


Really....that seems a little odd. nice vinyls philly 8) i got the first 2 albums on original NZ decca, with about 3 decca singles from memory. they are pretty much the same as thee english vinyls just the labels are orange and the back covers print is in black and white. haven't listened to them in years, might dig em out! my opinion their decca stuff is better than their immediate stuff. but that stuff still kicks arse!
Why would it seem odd. These guys again are largely forgotten. Stones fans would be familiar with them, sure, but outside of that? As the original poster said they never got the exposure. The Faces did tour the U.S.. But by the early 80's when radio played much more 60's, 70's rock then now, they never got airplay. I can't recall them getting much airplay in the late 70's.
largely forgotten?......they were as big if not bigger than the who in their decca years.

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Post by cococrisp » Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:23 am

dillon wrote:
largely forgotten?......they were as big if not bigger than the who in their decca years.
That would be somewhat of a stretch. In the UK during that time span you refer to, The Who had 2 top 10 LP's, The Small Faces 1. The Who had 7 top 10 singles, Small Faces 4.*

This also is not including in the United States where the Small Faces were virtually unknown at this time.

*Guinness British Hit Singles & Albums Volume 18

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Post by TheMastermind » Tue Apr 14, 2009 1:25 am

"Itchykoo Park" & "Lazy Sunday" are standards on Oz AM radio. Enough so that I was fed up with the Small Faces before I knew much of them.

I've developed a bit of an interest lately so this thread is pretty helpful, thanks Philly.

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Post by dillon » Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:04 am

cococrisp wrote:
dillon wrote:
largely forgotten?......they were as big if not bigger than the who in their decca years.
That would be somewhat of a stretch. In the UK during that time span you refer to, The Who had 2 top 10 LP's, The Small Faces 1. The Who had 7 top 10 singles, Small Faces 4.*

This also is not including in the United States where the Small Faces were virtually unknown at this time.

*Guinness British Hit Singles & Albums Volume 18
your prob right. sounds as if the states missed the boat with the small faces. mastermind, you got any aussie decca? im interested to see the difference between the two.

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Post by lamas » Wed Apr 15, 2009 2:36 pm

Note: the picture sleeve below is actually a Danish single
Hi fromphilly - Does that mean you are a British release short and made do with a Danish copy ?

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Post by fromphilly1247 » Fri Apr 17, 2009 12:52 am

lamas wrote:
Note: the picture sleeve below is actually a Danish single
Hi fromphilly - Does that mean you are a British release short and made do with a Danish copy ?
The single that accompanies that sleeve is actually a UK pressing (I believe they were all like that) but it contains the original version of the a-side.

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