From the Beginning [Deluxe Edition]

From the Beginning [Deluxe Edition]

by Small FacesSmall Faces

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The Small Faces split from manager Don Arden to sign with Andrew Loog Oldham's Immediate label and, in retaliation, Decca and Arden rounded up the remaining recordings the group made for the label and released them as From the Beginning. Appearing just months before their Immediate debut -- entitled The Small Faces, just like their first album for Decca -- From the Beginning includes early version of "My Way of Giving" and "(Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me," and it reprises songs that were on the 1966 Decca LP ("Sha La La La Lee," "What'cha Gonna Do About It"), moves that muddy an already confusing situation. And From the Beginning really doesn't play as a cohesive album by any stretch of the imagination, as it opens with a burst of burgeoning psychedelia then doubles back to the group's early R&B, flaws that matter less as years pass by because, on a track by track basis, there is a lot of wondrous material here. Like many of their peers, the Small Faces began to dabble in LSD in 1967, and their sonic horizons broadened considerably, something that is evident on "My Mind's Eye," "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," and "That Man," swirling songs that hint at the band's developing pop inclinations without abandoning their hard R&B underpinning. Other songs -- "(Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me," "All or Nothing," "My Way of Giving" -- arrive at the midway point between the psych-pop and Mod R&B, just as the Immediate Small Faces LP would just a few weeks later, and these are nervy, energetic gems that find a nice counterpart with the pure soul songs bunched at the end. It's an odds-and-ends record to be sure, but From the Beginning offers too much top-notch material to be dismissed; in fact, in many ways, it's a flawed gem from the swinging '60s. [Universal's double-disc 2012 deluxe edition of From the Beginning contains the mono mix of From the Beginning and adds the B-sides "Almost Grown," "Understanding," and "I Can't Dance with You," plus the "I Can't Make It"/"Just Passing" single to the first disc, while the second disc rounds up 16 alternate takes, stereo mixes (including some electronically processed stereo mixes), and backing tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/29/2012
Label: Hip-O Records
UPC: 0602527813417
catalogNumber: 2781341

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Small Faces   Primary Artist
Steve Marriott   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ian McLagan   Organ,Piano,Background Vocals
Ronnie Lane   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Kenny Lynch   Background Vocals
Jimmy Winston   Organ,Vocals
Kenney Jones   Percussion,Drums
Don Arden   Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Cropper   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Del Shannon   Composer
Small Faces   Arranger,Producer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Steve Marriott   Composer
Ian McLagan   Composer,Executive Producer
John Pantry   Engineer
Max Crook   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Glyn Johns   Engineer
Barry Green   Memorabilia
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Ronnie Lane   Composer
Kenny Lynch   Composer
Brian Potter   Composer
Ian Samwell   Composer,Producer
Lewis Steinberg   Composer
Al Jackson   Composer
Kenney Jones   Composer,Executive Producer
Mark Paytress   Liner Notes
Phil Smee   Artwork
Michael O'Sullivan   Composer
Rob Caiger   Reissue Producer,Memorabilia,Tape Research
Derek Johnson   Liner Notes
Ronald Norman Miller   Composer
Don Covay   Composer

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