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My entire Small Faces collection is this one CD, and an LP variant of it. I definitely remember seeing this LP, with it’s distinctive round cover 40+ years ago. What a nightmare that must’ve been for the clerks of hippie record stores trying to file this LP without damaging it! And I just know that – once opened – the British ones would actually tear!
This is also one of those albums that came in every format of the day: Cassette, 8-track, 4-track, reel-to-reel; mono and stereo LP. Add to that the ‘modern’ formats of LP re-issue, CD, CD in a tin can, and kami sleeve CD from
Alas, I used to have a lovely British LP of this, but I sold it in the 80’s for some truly memorable cash. In the 90’s, I got a square cover Canadian re-issue LP of it, and that has contented me along with a British CD (on Castle) that came in a metal tin, with beer mats (i.e. coasters).
The Small Faces are probably best remembered for their eternal AM radio hit “Itchycoo Park”, which isn’t on this album – y’know, “It’s all too beautiful…it’s all too beautiful…” I consider Rod Stewart & The Faces to be a virtually different group (and I like them too). While this LP was being made, Rodney was a member of The Jeff Beck Group.
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The big revelation here was “Happiness Stan”, the side-long happy romp through Mr. Uniwin’s imagination, with a Small Faces soundtrack. Dear old Stanley Unwin – the British guy who could talk a load of twaddle, in a very amusing manner. I have his LP “Rotatey Diskeys with Unwin” (on Pye Records; I have both an original issue and an 80’s re-issue of this LP!). I even made a “Happiness Stan II” using this LP, cutting apart one of the bits (the one about hi-fi stereos) and interspersing new music, in the style of the original “Happiness Stan”.
Steve Mariott passed away,
So, in 2009 – I can listen to 1968’s silliest amusement, K2HD Coding JVC Japan CD, in a replicated mini-LP cover, re-mastered in 2000, and re-printed in 2006. Once upon a time in a land of…