I've Got Mine
|"I've Got Mine"|
|Single by Small Faces|
|from the album Small Faces|
|B-side||"It's Too Late"|
|Released||5 November 1965|
|Recorded||Pye Studio, London, England|
|Label||Decca Records (no us issue)|
|Small Faces singles chronology|
"I've Got Mine" is a hard hitting, moody R&B song and the first Small Faces single release written entirely by the songwriting duo of the band Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane. The song which features Marriott on main vocals was planned to coincide with the release of 'pop/cop' crime film Dateline Diamonds about diamond smugglers. Small Faces appear in the film performing the song, however the film was not shown in cinemas until long after the single was released into the UK singles chart and so the group lost out on the expected media exposure and publicity.
It was after the release of "I've Got Mine" that Jimmy Winston was released from the band and replaced by keyboardist Ian McLagan (formerly of The Muleskinners). Winston co-wrote the B-side song "It's too Late" with Marriott and Lane.
Dateline Diamonds was mainly conceived by music publisher, Harold Shampan, as a publicity vehicle for up-and-coming talent. The plot revolves around smuggling diamonds between the Netherlands and the UK, via the ship, the MV Galaxy, concealed inside band's demo tape boxes (unbeknown to the Wonderful Radio London management). It featured the actors William Lucas, Kenneth Cope, George Mikell, Conrad Phillips, DJ Kenny Everett (as himself) and Patsy Rowlands. It was directed by Jeremy Summers.
"I've Got Mine" was revisited by Small Faces in 1968. A new instrumental version of the song was recorded and released as the title track from the album "Ogden's Nut Gone Flake".
-  The Small Faces Official Website
-  RADIOLONDON Sunday 3 April 1966 – Dateline Diamonds goes on general release.
- Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics