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Review from Galactic Ramble
The Small Faces are the greatest 60s example of a band who were highly influential and commercially successful in the UK, but mostly ignored in the USA. Their debut is a landmark of the mod sound. It certainly owes a lot to the Who’s My Generation, from the chunky rhythm guitar sounds to the use of feedback (‘Own Up Time’ is an ‘Ox’ imitation) to the album’s key cover version being an American soul song. The main differences are the use of organ, Steve Marriott’s gruff, soulful vocals (which would be a huge influence on heavy metal), and a bluesy base that was always noticeably absent from the Who. This rocks remarkably hard for 1966 (Led Zeppelin fans will be shocked to discover that huge sections of ‘Whole Lotta Love’ were stolen directly from ‘You Need Loving’, though the Small Faces stole it too, from Willie Dixon), and feedback and distortion are used to great effect. The album is more notable for a great sound and style than for great songs (‘What’cha Gonna Do About It?’ and ‘Sha-La-La-La-Lee’, are no match for ‘The Kids Are Alright’ and ‘My Generation’), but it’s still a heck of a good record, an essential mod recording. You can’t really tell from listening, but the Sex Pistols acknowledged them as their greatest musical influence.
Review written by Aaron Milenski
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