(Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me?
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|"(Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me?"|
|Song by The Small Faces|
|from the album From the Beginning & Small Faces|
|Recorded||August, 10 October 1966 |
February — April 1967
|Studio||IBC and Olympic Studios|
"(Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me?"
|Small Faces track listing|
"(Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me?" (also known as "Tell Me Have You Ever Seen Me?" or "Have You Ever Seen Me?") is a song by English rock band Small Faces. It has a complicated release history and was issued by both Decca and Immediate in 1967. The track apparently had a working title of "Mystery" in 1966.
In an interview for Saturday Club, Ronnie Lane stated that he came up with the song after listening to some tracks off of the group's eponymous debut album in reverse. It was recorded in the same sessions as "My Mind's Eye", "That Man", and "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow". Footage of them recording the backing instrumental of the song on 10 October 1966 was used in part of a BBC documentary called The Managers regarding feuds between the Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham and Small Faces' Don Arden.
If I've ever exploited anyone it's for their own benefit, it's because they want to be exploited. I've never exploit anybody who doesn't want to be exploited.
The song was first issued on 2 June 1967 when the compilation album From the Beginning was released, this album contains unreleased recordings and other hit recordings from the band's earlier output. This version was released by Decca and is thought to be a demo for british singer Chris Farlowe. A revamped version was included as the opening track on the group's second studio album Small Faces on 23 June 1967. This version was released by Immediate and was used as the closing track for There Are But Four Small Faces, the group's album released exclusively in the USA.
The principal difference between the two versions is that the Decca version has a slower tempo than the Immediate, and that the Immediate version has a different vocal track. The Decca rendering was released exclusively in mono sound (as with all Small Faces' work on Decca), while the Immedate one was mixed in both stereo and mono. There are thought to exist 4 versions of the song, these are the two aformentioned versions, one on the deluxe edition of From the Beginning, and the last on the deluxe edition of Small Faces. Instrumentally, there's no difference, as these are only different vocal takes.
- Steve Marriott - acoustic guitar, lead vocals
- Ronnie Lane - bass guitar, backing vocals
- Ian McLagan - hammond organ, mellotron, backing vocals
- Kenney Jones - drums, percussion
The Apostolic Intervention version
|"(Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me"|
|Single by The Apostolic Intervention|
|Released||7 April 1967|
British rock band The Apostolic Intervention took interest in Steve Marriott, who liked their sound and persuaded Andrew Loog Oldham to sign them. Marriott would then subsequently offer "(Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me" to them, much to Ronnie Lane's dismay. Bass guitarist Bob Argent was unable to play for the session, and his role was taken over by Marriott, who also produced it with Lane. The B-side "Madame Garcia" was recorded in the same session and was likewise penned and produced by Marriott and Lane, the former whom is featured as a backing vocalist.
The single was released on 7 April 1967, but failed to chart on the UK Singles Chart. Further work by them resulted in nothing, and they would split by the end of 1967. Drummer Jerry Shirley would again collaborate with Marriott, joining him in Humble Pie.
In popular culture and other covers
- The Stillroven covered it as "Have You Ever Seen Me" and released it as a single in 1968. It became the group's final single release before their breakup.
- A cover appears on Gumball's 1992 extended play Wisconsin Hayride.
References and notes
- Erlewine, Stephen. "Small Faces - From the Beginning - review". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
- "Small Faces First Immediate Album- Room for Ravers". www.makingtime.co.uk. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
- Hewitt, Paolo; Hellier, John (2004). Steve Marriott: All Too Beautiful... Helter Skelter. p. 128. ISBN 1-900924-44-7.
- Wright, Stuart. "Small Faces Story Part 10". makingtime. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
- Mohammed, Sal. "The Small Faces on television". makingtime. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
- Hewitt, Paolo (2004). Steve Marriott: All Too Beautiful... Helter Skelter. p. 129. ISBN 1-900924-44-7.
- Erlewine, Stephen Tomas. "Small Faces - From the Beginning review". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
- "Small Faces - Lazy Sunday". 45cat. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
- Eder, Bruce. "Apostolic Intervention | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
- "Jerry Shirley". web.archive.org. 14 April 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
- Markesich, Mike (2012). Teen Beat Mayhem (First ed.). Branford, Connecticut: Priceless Info Press. p. 226. ISBN 978-0-9856482-5-1.
- Torreano, Bradley. "The Stillroven". AllMusic. AllMusic, a division of All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 19 August 2019.