Small Faces (1966 album)

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Small Faces
Studio album by Small Faces
Released 11 May 1966
Recorded June 1965 – February 1966 at IBC Studios, Portland Place, London, England[1]
Genre British Invasion, mod, rhythm and blues
Length 32:47 (original)
62:51 (2006 reissue/Decca)
Language English
Label Decca
Producer Ian Samwell
Kenny Lynch
Don Arden
Small Faces chronology
Small Faces
(1966)
From the Beginning
(1967)
Singles from Small Faces
  1. "Whatcha Gonna Do About It"
    Released: 6 August 1965
  2. "Sha-La-La-La-Lee"
    Released: 28 January 1966
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Small Faces is the debut album of the Small Faces, released in 1966. It includes the hit singles "Whatcha Gonna Do About It" and "Sha-La-La-La-Lee". The album was well received by music critics and fans alike and rose to number three in the UK album chart remaining at the top for several weeks.[3][4]

Album profile[edit]

The album was recorded at the IBC Studios, Portland Place, London between June 1965 and February 1966. Glyn Johns was the studio engineer. In 1966, the Small Faces became the eleventh biggest selling artists of the year.[5]

Jimmy Winston was asked to leave after the band's second single "I've Got Mine" released on 5 November 1965 failed to make the charts. He still appears on many tracks on this album, including joint writing contributions to "It's Too Late" and providing keyboards and vocals on various tracks. Winston's replacement Ian McLagan appears on the album cover and plays on various tracks as well.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Shake"   Sam Cooke 2:55
2. "Come on Children"   Kenney Jones, Ronnie Lane, Steve Marriott, Jimmy Winston 4:20
3. "You'd Better Believe It"   Kenny Lynch, Jerry Ragovoy 2:19
4. "It's Too Late"   Jones, Lane, Marriott, Winston 2:37
5. "One Night Stand"   Lane, Marriott 1:50
6. "Whatcha Gonna Do About It"   Ian Samwell, Lane, Marriott 1:59
Side 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Sorry She's Mine"   Kenny Lynch 2:48
8. "Own Up Time"   Jones, Lane, Marriott, Ian McLagan 1:47
9. "You Need Loving"   Lane, Marriott 3:59
10. "Don't Stop What You're Doing"   Jones, Lane, Marriott, McLagan 1:55
11. "E Too D"   Lane, Marriott 3:02
12. "Sha-La-La-La-Lee"   Kenny Lynch, Mort Shuman 2:56

Singles[edit]

For more information on the single releases please see their respective pages.

# Title Date UK Chart Position
1. "Whatcha Gonna Do About It" August 1965 14
2. "Sha-La-La-La-Lee" January 1966 3

Personnel[edit]

Steve Marriott – vocals, guitar on all tracks
Ronnie Lane – bass guitar, vocals on all tracks, lead vocals on "Shake"
Kenney Jones – drums, percussion on all tracks
Ian McLagan – keyboards, backing vocals on "Shake", "You'd Better Believe It", "One Night Stand", "Own Up Time", "You Need Loving" and "Sha-La-La-La-Lee"
Jimmy Winston – backing vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar on "Come On Children", "It's Too Late", "What'Cha Gonna Do About It", "Don't Stop What You're Doing" and "E Too D"
Kenny Lynch - backing vocals on "You'd Better Believe It", "Sorry She's Mine" and "Sha-La-La-La-Lee"

Additional releases[edit]

The Album was re-released on CD in 1997 by Deram Records. The new release included alternative versions of "Shake", "Come on Children", "What'cha Gonna Do About It", "Own Up Time" and "E Too D". In 2006 a "40th anniversary edition" with 23 tracks was released by Decca. Included were the Singles A-Sides and Singles B-Sides from that period, "What's A Matter Baby", I've Got Mine", "Grow Your Own", "Hey Girl" and "Almost Grown". In 2012, a 2-disc Deluxe Edition was released featuring outtakes, non-album singles and alternate versions and mixes, and the remastering and overall reissue was overseen by surviving band members Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones

See also[edit]

Small Faces discography

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 21st Para.IanMcLagan.com Small Faces recorded at IBC Studios. [1]
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ reached number three in album chart – Steve Marriott – All Too Beautiful Biography pg. 113
  4. ^ Small Faces no. 3 in the UK charts 1966. Retrieved 19/09/07 http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/The-Small-Faces-Biography/F8E5DA87548CAE3F48256D9C000E4651.
  5. ^ Small Faces – 11th biggest selling artists in 1966 – Steve Marriott – All Too Beautiful Biography pg. 111

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