Jul 14, 2009

SMALL FACES - THERE ARE BUT FOUR SMALL FACES [US LP] (IMMEDIATE/ODE 1968) Jap mastering cardboard sleeve + 15 bonus




The Small Faces' first album for Andrew Loog Oldham's Immediate label originally appeared in two different forms, in England (where it was known as Small Faces) and America (There Are but Four Small Faces). The music here is much more fully developed and experimental than their preceding album, still largely R&B-based (apart from the delightfully trippy "Itchycoo Park," the band's sole American hit) but with lots of unusual sounds and recording techniques being attempted.
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Their mid-1967 single "Itchycoo Park" is one of Small Faces' best-remembered songs and was also the first of the band's only two charting singles in the United States, reaching No. 16. "Itchycoo Park" was the first British record to use flanging, the technique of playing two identical master tapes simultaneously but altering the speed of one of them very slightly by touching the "flange" of one tape reel, which yielded a distinctive comb-filtering effect; it was an effect developed by Olympic Studios engineer George Chkiantz in 1966. "Itchycoo Park" was followed by "Tin Soldier" (originally written by Marriott for American singer P.P. Arnold, who can be heard clearly on backing vocals); it remains one of their best-known singles. However, when the song only reached No. 73 on the US Hot 100 chart, Immediate Records was said to have abandoned its short-lived effort to establish the act in America...
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12 comments:

ball of fire said...

Excellent! I have 3 copies on vinyl & 1 CD, looking forward to this remastering. You've got a real TIGHT site! Dunker-Shane für all der great posts!

Subcomandante Marcos said...

Funnily, I've never really done any extended/indepth listening to the Small Faces, just aware of their more famous singles/tracks.
I think I'll d/l one of these albums & give 'em some attention.
Thanks Georgie

MisterManiac said...

Thanks for the two Immediate SF postings. I have both of these in various incarnations, but will be nice to hear these remasters.

Anonymous said...

Many Thanks for the Small Faces
Japanese CD's - Steve Marriott
was the Greatest ! Great Blog ..

FritsfromHolland said...

I am listrening to this album right now. Sounds fantastic. I have seen Stteve Mariott once shortly before he died, great person, great voice. Thank you!!

UncleDiss said...

Thanks for helping beef up my SMALL FACES collection...

Anonymous said...

Thanks much.
Zim

coates said...

To MisterManiac: if you have downloaded both Immediate Cd's, be kind enough to re-up the 1st one for all people who missed it...like me. Give us a link. Thanks in advance.

Timmy said...

Outstanding quality. This is a great posting on a great web-site! THANX!

hooch said...

Thanks!

KDNYfm said...

I have most of these on vinyl still, but a coule are fairly warn...I loved the Small Faces! Thanx for giving me an opportunity to hear this gitally and remastered.
Al
PS Great Blog!

Emilia Inés said...

Could you please re-upload the file? Thank you so much for this amazing blog