Sunday, August 9, 2009

A.I.T.A. Hall Of Fame: The Small Faces

"The Small Faces were an English rock group from East London, heavily influenced by American rhythm and blues. The group was founded in 1965 by members Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones, and Jimmy Winston (replaced by Ian McLagan).

They are best remembered as possibly one of the most acclaimed and influential mod groups of the 1960s, with hit songs such as "Itchycoo Park," "Lazy Sunday," "All Or Nothing," "Tin Soldier," and their concept album Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake. They later evolved into one of the UK's most successful psychedelic acts before disbanding in 1969. After the Small Faces disbanded, three of the members were joined by Ronnie Wood (guitar) and Rod Stewart (lead vocals), both from The Jeff Beck Group, and the new line-up was renamed The Faces.

Despite the fact they were together just four years, the Small Faces' musical output from the mid- to late-'60s remains among the most acclaimed British music of that era. In 1996, they were belatedly awarded the Ivor Novello Outstanding Contribution To British Music 'Lifetime Achievement' award." -Paolo Hewitt

Steve Marriott & Ronnie Lane
Rest In Peace

Download: "Jump Back" (BBC Saturday Club, '65)
Download: "Shake" (BBC Saturday Club, '66)
Download: "You Need Love" (BBC Saturday Club, '66)
Download: "All Or Nothing" (BBC Saturday Club, '66)
Download: "If I Were A Carpenter" (BBC Top Gear, '68)
Download: "Every Little Bit Hurts" (BBC Top Gear, '68)
(See Close My Eyes And Drift Away... for an additional BBC cut)

Buy: Small Faces: Ultimate Collection
Buy: All The Rage: A Riotous Romp Through Rock & Roll History


Stephen Corwell said...

Cracking post -- thanks for the tunes and that Ogden's video clip as I'd never seen that one! Great blog all around too!

wilthomer said...

Excellent stuff! Did you know Ian mcLagan is playing Joe's Pub on November 12th?

Mr. Lee said...

I didn't know that, Bill... Are you going? I am 100% into it as I've only ever seen Ian play at The Faces' boxset release event at Virgin Records, and that was just him solo with keys. Very fun but left me craving more.