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Small Faces were an English Mod band formed in 1965 by Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones, and Jimmy Winston (who was soon replaced by Ian McLagan). Heavily influenced by American rhythm and blues, they later evolved into a psychedelic act before disbanding in 1969.

Despite the fact that they were only together four years, Small Faces' music output from the mid to late sixties remains as notable British mod and psychedelic music of that era. Allmusic refers to them as "The best English band never to make it big in America." Small Faces were awarded the Ivor Novello Outstanding Contribution to British Music "Lifetime Achievement" award in 1996.

Other singles and live sessions[edit]

7” Single (Aug. 6th 1965)

  • Whatcha Gonna Do About It
  • What’s A Matter Baby

(Early Session – Mid 1965)

  • What’cha Gonna Do About It (Alternate Version)

BBC Session (Saturday Club – 23/08/65)

  • Steve Marriott Interview
  • What'cha Gonna Do About It
  • Jump Back
  • Baby Don’t You Do It

7” Single (Nov. 1965)

  • I’ve Got Mine
  • It’s Too Late

7” Single (Jan. 28th 1966)

  • Sha-La-La-La-Lee
  • Grow Your Own

BBC Session (Saturday Club – 14/03/66)

  • Shake
  • Steve Marriott Interview
  • Sha-La-La-La-Lee
  • You Need Loving

BBC Session (Saturday Club – 03/05/66)

  • Steve Marriott Interview
  • Hey Girl
  • E Too D
  • One Night Stand

7” Single (May 8, 1966)

  • Hey Girl
  • Almost Grown

“Small Faces” (May 8, 1966) (1st Album Sessions – Early 1966)

  • Shake
  • Come On Children
  • You Better Believe It
  • One Night Stand
  • Sorry She’s Mine
  • Own Up Time
  • You Need Loving
  • Don’t Stop What You’re Doing
  • E Too D
  • Hey Girl (Alternate Version)
  • Own Up Time (Extended Version)
  • Shake (Alternate Version)
  • Come On Children (Alternate Version)
  • E Too D (Alternate Version)

(Early 2nd Album Sessions – Mid 1966)

  • (Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me (Early Version)
  • My Mind’s Eye (Alternate Version)
  • Baby Don’t You Do It (Different Version)

7” Single (Aug. 5th 1966)

  • All Or Nothing
  • Understanding

BBC Session (Saturday Club – 30/08/66)

  • You Better Believe It
  • Understanding
  • Steve Marriott Interview
  • All Or Nothing

7” Single (Nov. 11th 1966)

  • My Mind’s Eye
  • I Can’t Dance With You

“From The Beginning” (Released 1967) (Later 2nd Album Sessions – Mid to Late 1966)

  • Runaway
  • Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow
  • That Man
  • My Way of Giving
  • Take This Hurt Off Me
  • Baby Don’t You Do It
  • Plum Nellie
  • You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me
  • Take This Hurt Off Me (Different Version)

7” Single (March 3, 1967)

  • I Can’t Make It
  • Just Passing

(Early 3rd Album Sessions – Early to Mid 1967)

  • (Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me (Alternate Version)

7” Single (May 26, 1967)

  • Patterns
  • E Too D (1966)

7” Single (June 2, 1967)

  • Here Come the Nice
  • Talk To You

“Small Faces” (June 1967) (Later 3rd Album Sessions – Mid 1967)

  • (Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me
  • Something I Want To Tell You
  • Feeling Lonely
  • Happy Boys Together
  • Get Yourself Together
  • Things Are Going To Get Better
  • Green Circles
  • Become Like You
  • All Our Yesterdays
  • Show Me The Way
  • Up The Wooden Hills To Bedfordshire
  • Eddie’s Dreaming

7” Single (Aug. 4th 1967)

  • Itchycoo Park
  • I’m Only Dreaming

7” Single (Dec. 2nd 1967)

  • Tin Soldier
  • I Feel Much Better

BBC Session (Top Gear – 14/04/68)

  • If I Were A Carpenter*
  • Kenney Jones Interview
  • Lazy Sunday
  • Every Little Bit Hurts (with PP Arnold)

“Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake” (June 1968) (4th Album Sessions – Early to Mid 1968)

  • Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake
  • Afterglow Of Your Love
  • Long Agos And Worlds Apart
  • Rene
  • Song Of A Baker
  • Lazy Sunday
  • Happiness Stan
  • Rollin’ Over
  • The Hungry Intruder
  • The Journey
  • Mad John
  • Happy Days Toy Town

(Mid-1968 Sessions)

  • Me, You And Us Too
  • (If You Think You’re) Groovy (with PP Arnold)Recorded: October 1967.

7” Single (June 28, 1968)

  • The Universal
  • Donkey Rides, A Penny, A Glass

7” Single (Late 1968)

  • Afterglow Of Your Love
  • Wham Bam Thank You Man

(The Final Sessions – Late 1968)

  • The Autumn Stone
  • Collibosher
  • Red Balloon
  • Call It Something Nice
  • Wide Eyed Girl On the Wall
  • Don’t Burst My Bubble (Recorded: February 1967)
  • Every Little Bit Hurts
  • Picaninny (Recorded: February 1967)
  • Take My Time
  • The Pig Trotters (Instrumental Demo Version of what later became the Humble Pie track 'Wrist Job')
  • The War Of The Worlds
  • Red Balloon (Alternate Mix)
  • Wham Bam Thank You Man (Alternate Mix)

The Final Tour – Late 1968

  • All Or Nothing (Live)
  • Every Little Bit Hurts (Live)
  • If I Were A Carpenter (Live)
  • Rollin’ Over (Live)
  • Tin Soldier (Live)

U.S. 7” Single (Early 1969)

  • Mad John (Single Version)

B-Side: The Journey

Note: Not listed are several unreleased BBC sessions and the rare French EP singles, which feature alternate versions of several early singles. CD re-issues of Decca's two Small Faces albums (Small Faces and From The Beginning) purport to feature these French EP versions, but according to collectors, these versions are not from those singles, but are from session acetates recorded during the various recording sessions of those songs. The French EPs remain elusive to the general public.

EPs[edit]

  • Small Faces (New Zealand Decca EP) - 1966
"Sha-La-La-La-Lee" / "Whatcha Gonna Do About It" / "All Or Nothing"
  • Small Faces (France Decca EP) - 1967
"My Mind's Eye" / "I Can't Dance With You" / "Shake" / "One Night Stand"

External links[edit]

  • Small Faces discography at Discogs

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