“From The Beginning” by Small Faces - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1967Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

Broke and feeling exploited by Don Arden and others at Decca Records, the Small Faces switched to the Immediate label headed by ex-Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham. Decca's predictable response was to cobble together the second Small Faces album, released in June 1967, compiling from recordings made in 1965 and 1966. It could, however, be regarded as an A-list affair as only two tracks repeated from the debut album; “Sha-La-La-La-Lee” and “Whatcha Gonna Do About It”. As well as those, 3 of their last singles of 1966 were included; the poppish “Hey Girl”, the classic “All Or Nothing” and the decent “My Mind's Eye”. Songs which they would re-record for Immediate were also included; “My Way Of Giving” ( which they had demoed for Chris Farlowe) and “(Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me” (which they had given to Apostolic Intervention). They do a good job with the 3 of the 6 covers; “Runaway” (Del Shannon, 1962), “Plum Nellie” (Booker T. & the M.G.'s, 1965) and “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me” (The Miracles, 1962), the latter two most especially. All in all, it's a mixed bag with dubious corporate intent, but a good 'un nonetheless.

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A1 [02:48] 6.3.png Small Faces - Runaway (Del Shannon, Max Crook) Pop
A2 [02:06] 6.2.png Small Faces - My Mind’s Eye (Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane) Pop
A3 [01:56] 5.3.png Small Faces - Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow (Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane) Psychedelia
A4 [02:16] 5.5.png Small Faces - That Man (Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane) Cerebral Pop
A5 [01:59] 5.4.png Small Faces - My Way Of Giving (Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
A6 [02:17] 4.7.png Small Faces - Hey Girl (Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane) Pop
A7 [02:20] 5.8.png Small Faces - (Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me (Steve Marriott) Psychedelia
B1 [02:18] 5.9.png Small Faces - Take This Hurt Off Me (Ronald Miller, Don Covay) Pop
B2 [02:57] 9.2.png Small Faces - All Or Nothing (Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B3 [02:00] 5.8.png Small Faces - Baby Don’t You Do It (Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B4 [02:32] 8.2.png Small Faces - Plum Nellie (Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B5 [02:49] 6.3.png Small Faces - Sha-La-La-La-Lee (Kenny Lynch, Mort Shuman) Pop
B6 [03:21] 7.4.png Small Faces - You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me (William Robinson) Soul Ballad
B7 [01:54] 9.1.png Small Faces - What’Cha Gonna Do About It? (Ian Samwell, Brian Potter) Blues / Rhythm n Blues

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