Small Faces


BBC Radio programme. Description: Phil Daniels tells the story of the Small Faces with interviews from the late Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane, along with Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan: All or Nothing – The Small Faces

Small Faces – Colour Me Pop < You-Tube description: Colour Me Pop was a BBC television series from the late 1960s that devoted itself to some of the best rock & roll acts of the period, without the usual compromises that such programs engaged in; groups would perform on camera, with their microphones live and their instruments plugged in, for as long as 30 minutes a time, and they wouldn't limit themselves to singles, either; Colour Me Pop was among the first television shows on either side of the Atlantic that could be used to perform and showcase album-length bodies of music. The jewel of the series' output may have been the early 1968 appearance by the Small Faces on which they performed much of Ogden's Nut Gone Flake, an album whose contents they never played in full in concert. They open with a pounding rendition of "Song of a Baker," followed by the conceptual video for "Lazy Sunday" (which is hard to come by); and then, after host Mike Dean describes Ogden's as "one of the most idiosyncratic [only in England at the end of the 1960s would a rock & roll-show host use a word like that] albums of our time," they give us the conceptual piece "Happiness Stan," complete with an on-screen appearance by the album's narrator, Stan Unwin. The source material is at least two generations off from what it should ideally be, and there are some minor glitches and even signs of tape-stretch, but the viewing is still pretty impressive, in part because there is so little extant footage of the Small Faces playing and singing live. The band very obviously relished the opportunity to switch gears between the acoustic and lyrical psychedelic numbers such as "The Hungry Intruder" and "Mad John," which they didn't get to do very often on-stage, and harder rocking pieces like "Rollin' Over" and "The Journey." Oh… I forgot the best one "HappyDaysToyTown".

The Small Faces BBC Sessions: SMALL FACES – BBC SESSIONS

Ogdens Nut Gone Flake Album: Small Faces – Ogdens Nut Gone Flake (Album)

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