The Decca Years 1965-1967

The Decca Years 1965-1967

by Small FacesSmall Faces




The Small Faces were at Decca for 18 months -- long enough to become stars, long enough to sow the seeds of a legend, long enough to cause enough confusion that would color said legend over the decades. The Small Faces left Decca when they left manager Don Arden, the towering impresario who signed the group when they were still in their teens, gave them enough cash to seem flush, found them songs he owned the publishing to, and looked the other way when the boys popped pills. Once the parents of Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones, and Ian McLagan stepped in, ties were severed and the band bolted to Immediate, the label run by fellow teen mod renegade Andrew Loog Oldham, so Arden retaliated by cobbling together From the Beginning, a collection of singles, covers, and demos for tunes that would soon show up on their near-simultaneously released Immediate debut The Small Faces (the same title as the group's 1966 Decca debut, for those trying to keep track at home). While the band began galloping toward the psychedelic present on their final singles for Decca -- "My Mind's Eye" is a lysergic journey and "All or Nothing," their first number one, seems eager to shake off the confines of rock & soul -- the switch in labels provides a neat division between the group's early and mature work, so while Universal's 2015 box The Decca Years 1965-1967 lacks the band's biggest and best hits ("Here Come the Nice," "Itchycoo Park," "Tin Soldier," "Lazy Sunday," "The Universal," "Afterglow of Your Love," a run as good as any other British band of the '60s), it nevertheless provides an intensely concentrated blast of the band's mod peak and provides a useful companion to 2014's box Here Come the Nice, which it mirrors to the point of opening with a disc of "Greatest Hits" (aka the singles) before delving into the familiar and the rare. Although the period it covers isn't the band's peak, The Decca Years trumps Here Come the Nice by virtue of not focusing entirely on the unheard, a move that fates the 2014 set to the dedicated. These five discs contain all the singles, along with the two complete albums (alas, with none of the bonus tracks -- largely mono mixes, but some alternates -- from the 2012 reissues), a disc of BBC sessions, and a disc of rarities. Generally, the sound is improved from the 2012 reissues -- punchier, heavier, emphasizing how the group kicked up a bottomless groove (not much can save the shaky audio of the BBC sessions, though) -- and if there are duplications here, well, that's just part and parcel of listening to the Small Faces; even when they're given attentive care, there's no eliminating the mess. More than the various reissues or compilations, The Decca Years 1965-1967 winds up showcasing just what made the Small Faces special. Where the Who often seemed hell-bent on a stylish destruction, the Small Faces partied, laying into Sam Cooke with abandon, delivering the Arden-forced trifles with more wallop than they deserved, creating a noise so unholy Led Zeppelin ripped it off ("Whole Lotta Love" steals as much from Steve Marriott as it does from Willie Dixon) and then, just as these 18 months drew to a close, delivering a wildly original blend of pop art, overamplified soul, and impassioned rock. Here, on this big and sometimes unwieldy box, that evolution is not only clear, but seems vital.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2015
Label: Polydor / Umgd
UPC: 0602547342966
catalogNumber: 4734296


Disc 1

  1. What'cha Gonna Do About It
  2. What's a Matter Baby
  3. I've Got Mine
  4. It's Too Late
  5. Sha La La La Lee
  6. Grow Your Own
  7. Hey Girl
  8. Almost Grown
  9. All or Nothing
  10. Understanding
  11. My Mind's Eye
  12. I Can't Dance with You
  13. I Can't Make It
  14. Just Passing
  15. Patterns
  16. E Too D
  17. Don't Stop What You're Doing
  18. Come On Children
  19. Shake
  20. One Night Stand
  21. You Need Loving

Disc 2

  1. Shake
  2. Come On Children
  3. You Better Believe It
  4. It's Too Late
  5. One Night Stand
  6. What'cha Gonna Do About It
  7. Sorry She's Mine
  8. Own Up Time
  9. You Need Loving
  10. Don't Stop What You're Doing
  11. E Too D
  12. Sha La La La Lee

Disc 3

  1. Runaway
  2. My Mind's Eye
  3. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
  4. That Man
  5. My Way of Giving
  6. Hey Girl
  7. (Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me
  8. Take This Hurt off Me
  9. All or Nothing
  10. Baby Don't You Do It
  11. Plum Nellie
  12. Sha La La La Lee
  13. You've Really Got a Hold on Me
  14. What'cha Gonna Do About It

Disc 4

  1. Come On Children
  2. Shake
  3. You Better Believe It
  4. Own Up Time
  5. E Too D
  6. Don't Stop What You're Doing
  7. What's a Matter Baby
  8. What'cha Gonna Do About It
  9. Sha La La La Lee
  10. Runaway
  11. That Man
  12. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
  13. Picanniny
  14. Hey Girl
  15. Take This Hurt off Me
  16. Baby Don't You Do It
  17. My Mind's Eye
  18. Talk To You
  19. All Our Yesterdays
  20. (Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me
  21. Show Me the Way
  22. I Can't Make It
  23. Things Are Going To Get Better

Disc 5

  1. Steve Marriott Interview, BBC Saturday Club, August 23, 1965
  2. What'cha Gonna Do About It
  3. Jump Back
  4. Baby Don't You Do It [Vers
  5. Sha La La La Lee [Ver
  6. What'cha Gonna Do About It [BBC Joe Loss Pop Show Session, January 14,
  7. Comin' Home Baby [Ver
  8. You Need Loving [Vers
  9. Steve Marriot Pop Profile Interview
  10. Shake
  11. Steve Marriott Interview, BBC Saturday Club, March 14, 1966
  12. Sha La La La Lee
  13. You Need Loving
  14. Steve Marriott Interview, BBC Saturday Club, May 3, 1966
  15. Hey Girl
  16. E Too D
  17. One Night Stand
  18. You'd Better Believe It [Ve
  19. Understanding
  20. Steve Marriott Interview, BBC Saturday Club, August 3, 1966
  21. All or Nothing

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Small Faces   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Sam Cooke   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Del Shannon   Composer
Rufus Thomas   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Steve Marriott   Composer
Ian McLagan   Composer
Max Crook   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Ronnie Lane   Composer
Kenny Lynch   Composer
Clyde Otis   Composer
Brian Potter   Composer
Jerry Ragovoy   Composer
Ian Samwell   Composer
Lewis Steinberg   Composer
Jimmy Winston   Composer
Al Jackson   Composer
Kenney Jones   Composer
Michael O'Sullivan   Composer
Joy Byers   Composer
Rob Caiger   Liner Notes
Dorough   Composer
Ronald Norman Miller   Composer
Don Covay   Composer

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