1968 album in mono & stereo. Third disc includes 14 bonus tracks. Red, white and blue vinyl. Plus book all in a box. Also available as a 3CD+DVD set.
The Small Faces third and final album saw the young four-piece hit their creative peak coming at the end of an astonishing three year run of ear catching singles and two fantastic albums. Having escaped from their first record deal (Decca) and manager (Don Arden), the band hooked up with Andrew Loog Oldham’s label Immediate Records in 1967 and issued three classic singles: “Here Come The Nice”, “Itchycoo Park” and “Tin Soldier”, plus their self-titled second album. Following these, and inspired by The Beatles ‘Sgt. Pepper’ which raised the bar as to how pop albums should be put together and packaged, The Small Faces embarked on their most ambitious production to date.
What emerged was an album of two halves - one side a strong collection of individual songs whilst side two is a story about a boy called Happiness Stan with spoken word interludes from Stanley Unwin. A single from the album preceded its release and “Lazy Sunday” became one of the groups biggest hits although the group were against its release as a 45. The album was packaged in a circular sleeve made to resemble a tobacco tin. The finished package made No.1 for six weeks in July 1968.
The band couldn’t play it live however and when their summer single “The Universal” only made No.16 in the UK charts, Marriott was deflated. Other songs were recorded later in the year but after the rest of the band refused to go along with Marriott’s idea to add a second guitarist to the line-up he quit on stage on New Years Eve 1968. Marriott went on to form Humble Pie with Peter Frampton while the other three re-grouped with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood to form The Faces.