The Small Faces' move to Immediate Records had started the most artistically creative era of their career, first with the #12 hit "Here Come The Nice" and a brilliant self-titled album. They then released three of their best singles, the first of which was the psychedelic pop tune "Itchycoo Park", which was a #3 UK hit in 1967. It also gave them their first (and indeed only) US hit, getting to #16 on the other side of the Atlantic. This was followed by "Little Tin Soldier", a soulful rocker which got to #9 and is surely one of their finest songs. The third hit was "Lazy Sunday", a rowdy knees-up which saw Steve Marriot singing in an exaggerated cockney accent. Originally recorded as a joke, it actually got to #2 and became one of their biggest hits.
Their next album saw them fully commit themselves to the new psychedelic pop sound with 1968's Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake. "Lazy Sunday" was featured, as was another similar cockney-rock song ("Rene"). The entirity of side two was taken up by a bizarre, whimsical fairy tale told through song, with narration between each track from comedian Stanley Unwin spoken in his own self-crafted 'Unwinese' gobbledegook. The album turned out to be a critical success, the band's very own Sergeant Peppers', and it made it to #1 on the UK album chart. Due to the complexity of the material they only ever performed it live once, on the BBC.
Small Faces (1967) <|> The Autumn Stone (1969)
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