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Album Review: The Small Faces — There Are But Four Small Faces

History has a way of playing tricks on us. How many of us American fans of Beach Boys music remember that Pet Sounds was – upon its original release – considered something of a commercial failure? The album’s subsequent elevation into the Pantheon of great albums has caused us to forget that inconvenient bit of

Here Come the Small Faces, Part Three

Continued from Part Two… Ian McLagan relates an amusing story, one that illustrates his old band’s far-reaching influence. “When working on The Small Faces DVD a few years ago, I was doing an interview with Rob Bowman, the guy who wrote the definitive book on Stax Records [Soulsville, U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records]. We

Here Come the Small Faces, Part Two

Continued from Part One… Kenney Jones believes that The Small Faces‘ four-way collaborative process affected the songs to a large degree. “A lot of ideas…if I was saying something, it might affect what they’d do. Steve [Marriott] or Ronnie [Lane] might come up with a hook based on what I’d said.” Ian McLagan recalls the

Here Come the Small Faces, Part One

The 1960s were a staggeringly fertile period for pop music. And – thanks in no small part to the success of The Beatles – a disproportionate (though completely deserved) share of that music came out of the British Isles. Still, owing to any number of factors, several British artists of consistently high quality failed to