Small Faces (1966 Album)
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Small Faces 1966 Album

Small Faces
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Studio album by
Released11 May 1966 (1966-05-11)
RecordedJune 1965 – February 1966
Studio
Genre
Length32:47
LabelDecca
Producer
Small Faces chronology
Small Faces
(1966)
From the Beginning
(1967)
Singles from Small Faces
  1. "Whatcha Gonna Do About It"
    Released: 6 August 1965
  2. "Sha-La-La-La-Lee"
    Released: 28 January 1966
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Classic Rock8/10 stars[2]

Small Faces is the debut album of the Small Faces, released in May 1966 by Decca Records. It includes the hit singles "Whatcha Gonna Do About It" and "Sha-La-La-La-Lee". The album was well received by music critics and was popular with the public, rising to number 3 on the UK album chart remaining at the top for several weeks.[3][4]

Album profile

The album was recorded at IBC Studios, Portland Place, London between June 1965 and February 1966.[5]Glyn Johns was the studio engineer. In 1966, the Small Faces became the eleventh biggest selling artists of the year.[6]

Jimmy Winston was asked to leave after the band's second single "I've Got Mine", released on 5 November 1965, failed to make the charts. He still appears on many tracks on this album, including joint writing contributions to "It's Too Late" and providing keyboards and vocals on various tracks. Winston's replacement, Ian McLagan, appears on the album cover and plays on various tracks as well.

In 1962, Muddy Waters recorded "You Need Love", written for him by peer Willie Dixon. "You Need Loving" is a thinly veiled cover of "You Need Love".[7] The Small Faces were never sued by Dixon, even though "You Need Loving" only credits Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriott as writers. Guitarist Jimmy Page (initially of The Yardbirds and later of Led Zeppelin fame) has claimed to have been disappointed when, after coming up with a wicked guitar riff and requesting Robert Plant pen some lyrics, the singer returned with those of "You Need Loving", a tune Plant, a big Small Faces fan, had, according to Small Faces singer Steve Marriott in early 70s Canadian rock newspaper Beetle, said he had longed to record. Thus, "You Need Loving" became the basis for lyrics of Led Zeppelin's hit song "Whole Lotta Love" in 1969.

Zeppelin also used in that song the arrangement of the ending of the Small Faces' recording. The Who used the concept and some of the chords from the Small Faces' "E too D" as the intro for their 1967 hit "I Can See for Miles."[verification needed]

Three of the tracks had been released prior to the album. These are the two aforementioned singles "Whatcha Gonna Do About It" and "Sha-La-La-La-Lee", along with the track "It's Too Late" which was issued as the B-side of "I've Got Mine", the group's second single, released in 1965. The band's fourth single "Hey Girl" was released around the same time as the album; ultimately it was not included and can instead be found on their 1967 compilation album From the Beginning. "Own Up Time" was incorrectly titled "Own Up" on initial pressings from 1966,[8] on newer issues of the album the initial name has been reinstated.

Track listing

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Shake"Sam Cooke2:55
2."Come on Children"4:20
3."You Better Believe It"2:19
4."It's Too Late"
  • Jones
  • Lane
  • Marriott
  • Winston
2:37
5."One Night Stand"
  • Lane
  • Marriott
1:50
6."Whatcha Gonna Do About It"1:59
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
7."Sorry She's Mine"Lynch2:48
8."Own Up Time"
1:47
9."You Need Loving" (*)
  • Lane
  • Marriott
3:59
10."Don't Stop What You're Doing"
  • Jones
  • Lane
  • Marriott
  • Winston
1:55
11."E Too D"
  • Lane
  • Marriott
3:02
12."Sha-La-La-La-Lee"2:56

2012 Deluxe edition

The album was completely remastered in 2012 and reissued as compact discs with previously unreleased material, along with various A-sides and B-sides from 1965 to 1967.

2012 Deluxe Edition CD disc 1 (original songs)
No.TitleWriter(s)Original releaseLength
1."Shake"Sam Cookeoriginal album2:55
2."Come on Children"original album4:20
3."You Better Believe It"original album2:19
4."It's Too Late"
  • Marriott
  • Lane
  • Jones
  • Winston
original album2:37
5."One Night Stand"
  • Marriott
  • Lane
original album1:50
6."Whatcha Gonna Do About It"original album1:59
7."Sorry She's Mine"Lynchoriginal album2:48
8."Own Up Time"
original album1:47
9."You Need Loving" (*)
  • Marriott
  • Lane
original album3:59
10."Don't Stop What You're Doing"
  • Marriott
  • Lane
  • Jones
  • Winston
original album1:55
11."E Too D"
  • Marriott
  • Lane
original album3:02
12."Sha-La-La-La-Lee"original album2:56
13."I've Got Mine"
  • Marriott
  • Lane
Single A-side, 19652:51
14."What's A Matter Baby"B-side of 'Whatcha Gonna Do About It', 19652:53
15."Grow Your Own"
  • Marriott
  • Lane
  • Jones
  • McLagan
B-side of 'Sha-La-La-La-Lee', 19662:17
16."Patterns"
  • Marriott
  • Lane
Single A-side, 19672:04
Total length:42:32
2012 Deluxe Edition CD disc 2 (bonus tracks)
No.TitleWriter(s)Original releaseLength
1."Come on Children" (Alternate version)previously unreleased3:28
2."Shake" (Alternate version)Sam Cookepreviously unreleased2:53
3."You Better Believe It" (Alternate version)previously unreleased2:49
4."It's Too Late" (Electronically processed stereo)
  • Marriott
  • Lane
  • Jones
  • Winston
previously unreleased2:36
5."Sorry She's Mine" (Electronically processed stereo)Lynchpreviously unreleased2:45
6."Own Up Time" (Alternate version)
previously unreleased2:27
7."E Too D" (Alternate version)
  • Marriott
  • Lane
previously unreleased3:16
8."I've Got Mine" (Electronically processed stereo)
  • Marriott
  • Lane
previously unreleased2:51
9."Grow Your Own" (Electronically processed stereo)
  • Marriott
  • Lane
  • Jones
  • McLagan
previously unreleased2:16
10."Sha-La-La-La-Lee" (Stereo version)previously unreleased2:52
11."Don't Stop What You're Doing" (Alternate version)
  • Marriott
  • Lane
  • Jones
  • Winston
previously unreleased2:03
12."Patterns" (Electronically processed stereo)
  • Marriott
  • Lane
previously unreleased2:03
13."What's A Matter Baby"previously unreleased2:53
14."Whatcha Gonna Do About It" (Alternate version)previously unreleased2:09
Total length:37:21

(* Willie Dixon wrote the lyrics for "You Need Loving", on the album the song is credited to Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane)

Singles

For more information on the single releases please see their respective pages.

# Title Date UK Chart Position
1. "Whatcha Gonna Do About It" 6 August 1965 14
2. "Sha-La-La-La-Lee" 28 January 1966 3

Personnel

Additional releases

The album was first released on CD in 1988 by London Records. This edition included four bonus tracks taken from three singles B-sides and one A-side; "What's A Matter Baby", "I Got Mine", "Grow Your Own" and "Almost Grown". 15 of this CD's 16 tracks were in mono, the exception being a stereo mix of "Sha La La La Lee".

It was first remastered for CD in 1997 by Deram Records, and this time the bonus tracks were alternative versions of "Shake", "Come on Children", "What'cha Gonna Do About It", "Own Up Time" and "E Too D".

In 2006 a "40th anniversary edition" with 23 tracks was released by Decca. Included were the Singles A-Sides and Singles B-Sides from that period, "What's A Matter Baby", I've Got Mine", "Grow Your Own", "Hey Girl" and "Almost Grown".

In 2012, a 2-disc Deluxe Edition was released featuring outtakes, non-album singles and alternate versions and mixes, and the remastering and overall reissue was overseen by surviving band members Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones

Notes

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Martin, Gavin (December 2006). "Small Faces Small Faces 40th Anniversary Edition". Classic Rock. p. 99. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  3. ^ reached number three in album chart - Steve Marriott - All Too Beautiful Biography, p. 113.
  4. ^ Small Faces no. 3 in the UK charts 1966. Retrieved 19/09/07 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link).
  5. ^ 21st Para.IanMcLagan.com Small Faces recorded at IBC Studios. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 February 2011. Retrieved 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Small Faces - 11th biggest selling artists in 1966 - Steve Marriott - All Too Beautiful Biography, p. 111.
  7. ^ Don Snowden (1989). I Am the Blues: The Willie Dixon Story. Perseus Books Group. p. 182. ISBN 978-0-3068-0415-1.
  8. ^ "Small Faces - Track Listing".

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