The Small Faces
There are But Four Small Faces - Immediate 1967
Tracks: 1. Itchycoo Park / 2. Talk to You / 3. Up the Wooden Hill to Bedfordshire / 4. My Way of Giving / 5. I'm Only Dreaming / 6. I Feel Much Better / 7. Tin Soldier / 8. Get Yourself Together / 9. Show Me the Way / 10. Here Comes the Nice / 11. Green Circles / 12. (Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me / 13. Eddie's Dreaming (Take 4, Mix 1) / 14. Get Yourself Together / 15. Show Me the Way (Take 5) / 16. (Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me // 1. Itchycoo Park / 2. Talk to You / 3. Up the Wooden Hill to Bedfordshire / 4. My Way of Giving / 5. I'm Only Dreaming / 6. I Feel Much Better / 7. Tin Soldier / 8. Get Yourself Together / 9. Show Me the Way / 10. Here Comes the Nice / 11. Green Circles / 12. (Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me / 13. Tin Soldier (TV Backing Track) / 14. Here Come the Nice (USA Version) / 15. Green Circles (Alt
This was the American version of The Small Faces' first Immediate album. As was often the practice at thetime, the precaution was taken in America to ensure that the artists’ singles were includes on the albums and moreover there were often fewer numbers on these albums. This meant that in several cases more albums could be released than in Europe. This phenomenon is known from many of the greatest acts of the time like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Kinks. Whether there was similar ulterior motives behind this Small Faces release is uncertain; in any case, there were no extra Small Faces albums released, although actually only 12 tracks were put on "There Are But Four Small Faces" and seven tracks from the European version were omitted.
At any rate, "There Are But Four Small Faces" is a great album; one of the greats of this era. The three singles "Tin Soldier", "Here Come the Nice" and "Itchycoo Park" are great classics, and the two B-sides "I'm Only Dreaming" and "I Feel Much Better", which were not included on the European version, are both charming psych-pop mixed with a good portion soul. This applies by the way to the whole album, where no tracks fall through.
But is there really a need for this release when now all tracks are also found on the deluxe edition of the European album. Maybe not – but personally as a big fan of the group, I think it is fine and lovely addition to the music collection and to a very reasonable price. Some bonus tracks are previously unreleased versions or at least hard to find.
There are both a stereo and mono CD, and in some case there are quite marked differences between the two versions. Also a fine booklet with relevant and interesting information. And yes, the music some great – as crystal clear as it gets.
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