Small Faces (1966 album)

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Small Faces
Studio album by Small Faces
Released 11 May 1966 (1966-05-11)
Recorded June 1965 – February 1966
Length 32:47
Label Decca
Small Faces chronology
Small Faces
From the Beginning
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[1]
Classic Rock 8/10 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 3 on the UK album chart remaining at the top for several weeks.[3][4]

Album profile[edit]

The album was recorded at IBC Studios, Portland Place, London between June 1965 and February 1966.[5] Glyn Johns was the studio engineer. In 1966, the Small Faces became the eleventh biggest selling artists of the year.[6]

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.

In 1962, Muddy Waters recorded "You Need Love", written for him by peer Willie Dixon. "You Need Loving" is a thinly veiled cover of "You Need Love".[7] The Small Faces were never sued by Dixon, even though "You Need Loving" only credits Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriott.

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


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


Additional releases[edit]

The Album was first released on CD in 1988 by London Records. This edition included four bonus tracks taken from three singles B-sides and one A-side; "What's A Matter Baby", "I Got Mine", "Grow Your Own" and "Almost Grown". 15 of this CD's 16 tracks were in mono, the exception being a stereo mix of "Sha La La La Lee".

It was first remastered for CD in 1997 by Deram Records, and this time the bonus tracks were 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


  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Martin, Gavin (December 2006). "Small Faces Small Faces 40th Anniversary Edition". Classic Rock. p. 99. 
  3. ^ reached number three in album chart – Steve Marriott – All Too Beautiful Biography, p. 113.
  4. ^ Small Faces no. 3 in the UK charts 1966. Retrieved 19/09/07
  5. ^ 21st Small Faces recorded at IBC Studios. [1]
  6. ^ Small Faces – 11th biggest selling artists in 1966 – Steve Marriott – All Too Beautiful Biography, p. 111.
  7. ^ Don Snowden (1989). I Am the Blues: The Willie Dixon Story. Perseus Books Group. p. 182. ISBN 978-0-3068-0415-1. 

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